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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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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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Re: Integrated Chat Tech Demo

Post by Haileyraegregory0420 » Fri Nov 15, 2019 8:22 am

when i was six years old i was put into foster care but now i am 15 and i am female i was always told the wolf gene runs in males only but there have been some weird things going on with me for example whenever i get mad my eyes turn hazel but when im fine they are brown and i get a weird feeling and start sweating and have sweat forming i dont sweat that much so i tried talking to people but they look at me crazy my adoptive parents think im a liar and make up a lie they say to me we belive in science and facts and God i belive in that to but i can't help feeling there is something else inside of me and i don't know what age if i am a wolf so i can be prepared and if i do have it how do i activate it this scares me because im in public school and i dont want someone to see me accidentaly "wolf out" seriously i was in girl weight training in middle school and i got mad i threw a weight at a girl who was makeing fun of the way i lift it was like i was in a trance whenever i got my sence back i dident know what i did all the teacher said was go to the office i want to know if i am human or a wolf so i dont hurt thoes who are close to me please dont think im crazy if you are a wolf the stength of the wolf is the pack and if i am a wolf i need help wolfs care for their own right? so please HELP.

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Re: Integrated Chat Tech Demo

Post by Meeper » Fri Nov 15, 2019 11:21 am

Haileyraegregory0420 wrote:
Fri Nov 15, 2019 8:22 am
when i was six years old i was put into foster care but now i am 15 and i am female i was always told the wolf gene runs in males only but there have been some weird things going on with me for example whenever i get mad my eyes turn hazel but when im fine they are brown and i get a weird feeling and start sweating and have sweat forming i dont sweat that much so i tried talking to people but they look at me crazy my adoptive parents think im a liar and make up a lie they say to me we belive in science and facts and God i belive in that to but i can't help feeling there is something else inside of me and i don't know what age if i am a wolf so i can be prepared and if i do have it how do i activate it this scares me because im in public school and i dont want someone to see me accidentaly "wolf out" seriously i was in girl weight training in middle school and i got mad i threw a weight at a girl who was makeing fun of the way i lift it was like i was in a trance whenever i got my sence back i dident know what i did all the teacher said was go to the office i want to know if i am human or a wolf so i dont hurt thoes who are close to me please dont think im crazy if you are a wolf the stength of the wolf is the pack and if i am a wolf i need help wolfs care for their own right? so please HELP.
Hello Haileyraegregory0420, welcome to the pack forum. Hold on while I have a word with the resident admin. Hey Tak? This reads like an intro post to me, mind flexing your mod muscles and moving it to the intro forum?

Anyway, Hailey, next time someone pokes fun at your weight lifting, I suggest you just roll with it, you know, do something silly like grunt and pretend the weight is too heavy, go ahead and ham it up a bit. You'll get a laugh, they'll get a laugh, and nobody has to get a dumbbell up side the head; who knows you might even make a new friend. After all, working out and lifting weights is very funny. I should know, I can bicep curl an 85 pound dumbbell, I've got 20 inch biceps, I have trouble finding shirts with sleeves to fit my big chimp arms, it's hilarious, and kind of annoying, but mostly hilarious. Much of life is like this, even school homework (just, you know, don't write an English essay about the hilarity of lifting weights, your teacher will eat you alive :P ).

As for being a wolf, I'm not going to comment one way or the other, people have done that already. But I will say this: I think you already know the answer, even if you don't realize it yet. The real question is can you be patient and honest with yourself? And that is a question for you to answer to yourself, not me, not this forum, not your foster parents, just you. It's not an easy thing to do, but necessary. Good luck.

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