WAAPT Chatrooms

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The WAAPT Community has a number of chatrooms' servers its members can connect to. These are a #XMPP conference server courtesy of Tangent, which can be accessed via a Jabber account and any Jabber compatible client, and a #Discord server courtesy of Umbra which can be accessed by any of Discord's clients. There might or might not also be a #Mumble server in the plans. In order to use these chatrooms you need to have the required accounts and configure your clients accordingly as it will be indicated in the following sections.

XMPP

  • XMPP Chat server: salon.tropi.us
  • Protocol: Jabber / XMPP
  • User / Password: You will need a Jabber account in any service that provides them, such as Jabber.org or even tropi.us if you get in touch with one of the local mods.

Chatrooms available include:

  • Creative/On-topic room: waapt-rp. Public. Has [logs]
  • Social room: social. Public. Has [logs]
  • Access to other chatrooms to be provided privately and on a per-user basis, as of 2015-11-30. Read the rules.

You will need a Jabber / XMPP client such as Pidgin (PC) or Conversations (Mobile).

  • On Windows systems you can obtain Pidgin from the official webpage.
  • On Linux systems you can obtain Pidgin via your distriution's package manager (eg.: via apt-get install pidgin).
  • On Android ≥ 4.0 you can obtain Conversations via the F-Droid free software store, or the App Store for $2.50 USD.

Configuring your Client

You must have an XMPP account to connect using a client. Jabber is a good service to sign up for an account on. (However, Gmail accounts do not work well with the salon.tropi.us server and should be avoided.) You could also apply for an account at tropi.us with any of the usual chatroom mods. When your account is created, you will have a Jabber ID (or JID) that follows the pattern username@host.com (for example, sixth@tropi.us) similar to an email address.

You will enter the "user" part of the Jabber ID (eg.: "sixth") as the username, and the domain part (eg.: "tropi.us") as the domain, and then also optionally add your password.

With this info your client should be able to connect to your account. There should be an option in the client to join a chat, possibly called a MUC (Multi-user Conference) or conference depending upon the client. Select this and enter the information for the chat wanted chat given above.

Pidgin configuration - account

Pidgin Configuration

Go to Accounts menu, Manage Accounts. Once there click on the [+] Add button. That will show you a dialog similar to the one above, where you need to fill in the information as given in the image:

  • Protocol: Select "XMPP".
  • Username: the user part of your Jabber ID.
  • Domain: the domain part of your Jabber ID.
  • Resource: a descriptive word that identifies your device, in case you connect from more than one (eg.: laptop and smartphone, etc)
  • Password: either set it or not, in which case the client will ask for one.
Pidgin configuration - join room

In order to enter a chatroom you need to use your client's menu or option to access a "MUC" (multi-user conference) or a salon. In Pidgin, this is located in the File menu, Join a Room.

Once there you need to add the following information:

  • Account: Select the account you want to join from.
  • Room: the name of the chatroom, as noted at the beginning of the article.
  • Server: our chat server name, as noted at the beginning of the article.
  • Handle: the nick you want to initially join with.

Conversations Configuration

Conversations configuration - account

In the main Conversations window you will see the menubar with a "⋮" button. From there go to **Manage Accounts**.

In there go to the "+" symbol to add a contact. A popup form will appear and require filling in the information for your Jabber account:

  • Jabber ID: the full username and domain of your Jabber ID (for example user@tropi.us).
  • Password: either set it or not, in which case the client will ask for one.

At this point you will be able to login to your account by sliding it to the "On" position in the Manage Accounts window.

Conversations configuration - join room

In order to enter a chatroom, you need to access the main Conversations window again and go to the "+" button in the menubar. This will open a menubar where you can choose "Contacts" (left) or "Multiuser Chats" (right). Choose the multiuser chats option and a popup form will appear for you to fill in the required information:

  • Account: select the account you want to add from in the menu that opens.
  • Chatroom address: the full identification of the chatroom that you want to join to, in the chrom chatroom@server. For example, social@salon.tropi.us.

If this completes successfully, a box representing the chatroom will appear in the main Conversation window. Hitting it will slide in the actual **chatroom window** where you can read and write messages.

Chatroom Netiquette

  • When you renick yourself (via "/nick SomeName") try to avoid spaces and apostrophes.
  • Instead of posting wall of texts, post a link to a pastebin. There's many on the internet.
  • Don't post links to the private chatrooms or their logs publicly.
  • Follow general internet netiquette.

Discord

Accessing the Chats

1. First, click your handy-dandy invite link. This should take you to a page which will do one of three things:

  • If you already have the Discord app it will launch it.
  • If you do not have the Discord app it will ask you to install it.
  • Either way, there will be an option to take you to the browser version of the app.

2. If you do not already have a Discord account, you will be prompted to create one. If you already have one, skip to the next step.

3. For Spectra Castle, you will arrive in the #castle-gates channel with limited access to other channels. Please type "@mod" and tell us who you are and where you came from, as well as your pronouns, and we will fit you with the appropriate roles to get started.

4. READ THE RULES

5. Have fun!