WiscChat (Psi) - Creating/Joining a Chat Room

The jabber protocol contains the ability to sustain many people in a "virtual chat room." Different clients allow you to connect in different ways, but the name of the conferencing server is typically conference.wisc.edu. There are some exceptions to this (e.g. conference.doit.wisc.edu) that are specific to some departments.

Note: Users from third party systems (like AOL, MSN, Yahoo!) cannot enter WiscChat chat rooms - only WiscChat users can. WiscChat does not have a hierarchy within the chat room area. All chat rooms are created at the same level.

Chat rooms can be made persistent, public or private, and password protected.

Follow these procedures to create/join a chat room:

Psi (Macintosh / Windows)

Psi (Macintosh/Windows)

On Macintosh

  1. Within 'General' menu, select Service Discovery.

    service discovery

    Note: It is recommended that you place a check mark within "Auto-browse into objects" option. If set, a "+" will automatically appear next to a chat room if there is at least one user already within the chat room.

    Important: By default, Psi will browse the domain of the account you are logged into. If you wish to search for a chat room in a different domain, specify the domain in the "Address" field and click the Browse button.

  2. Maximize the Chatrooms section by clicking on the arrow (triangle) icon next to "Chatrooms".

    service discovery

  3. To join an existing public chat room, double-click on the desired chat room. Enter a Nickname (this is your identity within the chat room) and a password (if required) and click on the Join button.

    To join an existing private conference room or to create a new chat room, double-click on Chatrooms section. Note: If you have already joined a room in the past, it will be listed within the 'Recent' drop down menu. You can join that room by selecting it from that menu.

    join groupchat

    Enter the following to join or create a new chat room:

    Host: conference.wisc.edu
    Room *: any name you want or the name of an existing room
    Nickname **: your identity (name) within the room

    * Room name can only contain the following characters: letters, numbers, dash, and underscore. Spaces are not allowed.
    ** Nickname will be what others see you as within this chat room.
  4. Click on the Join button.

    chatroom

On Windows

  1. Within 'General' menu, select Service Discovery.

    service discovery

    Note: It is recommended that you place a check mark within "Auto-browse into objects" option. If set, a "+" will automatically appear next to a chat room if there is at least one user already within the chat room.

    Important: By default, Psi will browse the domain of the account you are logged into. If you wish to search for a chat room in a different domain, specify the domain in the "Address" field and click the Browse button.

  2. Maximize the Chatrooms section by clicking on the arrow (triangle) icon next to "Chatrooms".

    service discovery

  3. To join an existing public chat room, double-click on the desired chat room. Enter a Nickname (this is your identity within the chat room) and a password (if required) and click on the Join button.

    To join an existing private conference room or to create a new chat room, double-click on Chatrooms section. Note: If you have already joined a room in the past, it will be listed within the 'Recent' drop down menu. You can join that room by selecting it from that menu.

    join groupchat

    Enter the following to join or create a new chat room:

    Host: conference.wisc.edu
    Room *: any name you want or the name of an existing room
    Nickname **: your identity (name) within the room

    * Room name can only contain the following characters: letters, numbers, dash, and underscore. Spaces are not allowed.
    ** Nickname will be what others see you as within this chat room.
  4. Click on the Join button.

    chatroom

Important: If you want to invite others to the chat room, go to your roster window and right-click on a user and select Invite to and click on the conference room name or you can drag-n-drop the user onto the conference room.

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Owner:Ara M.Group:WiscChat
Created:2007-10-02 19:00 CDTUpdated:2015-01-15 10:39 CDT
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