Features

Getting Strict

When Chinwag first went live, we made the decision to be as current with our use of standard XMPP features as possible. We still do this. Your experience when using a Chinwag account for communication should give you the best experience possible with whatever client software you chose. However, we also recognised that not the whole federated network of servers out there in the world was totally up to date in the same way and there’s not a lot we could do about that.

Current Chinwag Services

A few updates, and some new features have been added to the Chinwag stable. We’re always looking for new ways to communicate with people, and we’ll deploy anything that looks promising in that regard to have a bit of a play around with. As of now we’ve got the following services freely available to anyone to use. Chinwag Messaging: our instant messaging service is the primary reason we’re here and isn’t going anywhere in a hurry.

Mastodon Deployed

About two months ago, there was a big buzz that built up around Mastodon, a decentralised social network. I was really busy with the Melbourne Comedy Festival at the time, and didn’t get to take a look. I’ve had a look now, and taken advantage of the recent ChinWag server upgrade and extra resources to deploy an instance of it. You can sign up and start using it here: https://social.

IRC Gateway

On a testing basis, to see if it’s useful to anyone, I’ve enabled an IRC gateway. This allows you to use your XMPP client to connect to an IRC channel as if it were a native multi-user conference. You should be able to join IRC channels on any network by joining a group chat or MUC, in the format of the following example: #chinwag%irc.freenode.org@irc.chinwag.im Substitute any IRC server name or channel in there as appropriate to your needs.

Simple Chat Room Access

We’re still quite a long way from the slick, integrated experience I’ve got in mind as a long-term goal, but as of now there’s a really simple page you can go to for quick access to the Lobby and any other chat rooms you might want to create or use. Simply head over to https://chinwag.im/webchat/ and sign in. You’ll find yourself dropped right into the Lobby and can carry on from there.