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Integrated Chat Tech Demo

Post by takyoji » Sun Apr 01, 2018 11:48 pm

There's a whooooole slew of many improvements to come for this community, and one of them is a webchat that'll be integrated with the forum interface and authentication.

If you'd like to see a very crude and uncustomized preview of the web-based client, you can see a demo of it that I threw on a random webpage that I was previously trying to prototype a new forum theme on at: https://thepack.network/chat.html

Simply click the "Launch Chat" button at the top (the final result won't be like this, it'll be automatic when you log into the forum), and it'll prompt for a username and password. Next you'd use your forum username (without any symbols), and forum password to log in (again, it'll auto-login, in the final product).

From there, if you logged in correctly, there should be a contact listing on the right (which will be empty), and in the bottom right of the screen, you can click the menu icon (≡) and go to "Join Chat". From that screen, you can select "general" for the "Room" field, and check "Bookmark" (and select "Auto-join", if you want it to autojoin the group chat, on login from any client), and click "Join". It may describe some feature of the selected chat, in which you can just click "Join" again, and you should be on the chat.

Additionally, there's functionality for adding other users as contacts through "Add Contact", and doing direct messaging, and even end-to-end encrypted conversations (where even the server cannot see the contents of the messages).

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Alternately, not only is there a webchat, but you can also connect to the chat server from any XMPP client, such as Pidgin, Gajim, and others. There's also Conversations on Android (you can download free on F-Droid, or just the APK directly). There's probably some reasonable iOS clients, but I haven't personally experimented with any yet, to be able to recommend any.

If you want to experiment with using a desktop/mobile client (I'll probably provide deeper instructions on different clients later on), you can use the following information:
  • Use existing account (you don't need to 'register' an account)
  • Protocol: XMPP
  • Username: (forum username, no symbols)
  • Password: (forum password)
  • Domain: thepack.network
  • Resource: (you can set anything, it's an identifier for labeling what device/program you're logged in through, it can be left blank to be autogenerated)
On Conversations, you can just simply type "(forum username)@thepack.network" for the Jabber ID, fill in the password, and leave "Hostname" blank.

When you're logged in, you can join the group chat, with the room name of "general" and the domain of "conference.thepack.network", no password is required.

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Just note that the server is currently experimental, as I'll probably be making changes to enable and setup more of the functionality (file uploads, voice/video calls, and more), so there may be minor short disruptions in uptime of it.

And as I said above, it'll be much more convenient and useful when complete, there won't be any sort of manual setup needed when it's properly integrated.
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Re: Integrated Chat Tech Demo

Post by Uniform Two Six » Mon Apr 02, 2018 4:18 am

Takyoji, you rock.

You need to be doing Brownrigg's website too. :)

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Re: Integrated Chat Tech Demo

Post by takyoji » Tue Apr 17, 2018 6:54 pm

Since there was mentions of some difficulty with the software used for the webchat, I've found and integrated a different option, which can be accessed at: chat2.php (I've updated the link for the "The Pack WebChat" link on the forum board listing page)

There's no configuration needed at all, it'll auto-login and auto-join the 'general' chat automatically, as long as you're logged into the forum. If there's any further problems with the webchat, feel free to share it in this topic.

There'll obviously be color and theming changes done in the future.
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Re: Integrated Chat Tech Demo

Post by Meeper » Wed Apr 18, 2018 2:13 am

The WIP theme is very easy on the eyes so far. :D

Will (pprobably) lurk around the new chat thingumy for a while, see what I need to let through the firewall (if I don't respond to comments, my firewall probably blocked it. Looks like the log is perma-saved though so I'll just refresh the page every half hour or something).

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