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I don't post in chatterbox often, but I do like to keep an eye on the conversations going on, just so I don't miss on anything interesting.

But the web interface has always seemed to be clunky and inefficient. If there is some interesting conversation going on and I want to follow it, I have to constantly refresh the page. And, on the rare occasions when I want to post (or msg someone), the little text input field just doesn't cut it. I usually type it somewhere else and copy it into the field. There is also the limit on the length of the text it can accept.

But, I see all these revered monks chatting merrily without these problems (at least I assume so), so they must not be using the clunky web interface. So, I searched for a better way and found a list of alternate clients on ZZamboni's home node. I didn't want anything graphical so I chose the Curses Chatterbox client. I used it for a while, but recently I found that it stopped working. It logs me in and I can get my XP etc, but it doesn't show any conversations, and /who says there are no users logged in.

So, I have two questions:

  1. What client do you use to chat?
  2. If you use the Curses Chatterbox client, why has it stopped working? I assume it might have something to do the move to, but I may be wrong.
I don't mind using the Tk-based client if there is no alternative. I am on a Debian GNU/Linux system.


In reply to What's your favorite Chatterbox client? by PrakashK

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