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What's your favorite Chatterbox client?

by PrakashK (Pilgrim)
on Mar 20, 2002 at 17:44 UTC ( #153045=monkdiscuss: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

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.


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Re: What's your favorite Chatterbox client?
by Lord Wrath (Friar) on Mar 20, 2002 at 18:58 UTC
    I'm not sure why the Curses CB Client has stopped working for you, it may very well have to do with some pair issues. I have had several different clients running before and after the server move. The one I have had the best luck with is the Framechat2. It's a web browser based system that fulfills all my Perlmonks needs. As a matter of fact, i barely come to the main page anymore unless it is through a framechat jump link. It has a history, and many features that are excellent. If you haven't tried it out, it's worth a look.

    Just make sure you get the xml patch from the node discussion or you will randomly have problems with the chatterbox not downloading. It seems the xml feed switches order on occasion and the patch fixes the issue (at least that's what a 30 second glance makes me believe).

    Either way, enjoy chatting, don't let it become a burden.

    Lord Wrath
    - the unsane red mage :)
Java Chatterbox - Re: What's your favorite Chatterbox client?
by metadoktor (Hermit) on Mar 20, 2002 at 20:27 UTC
    That's easy. Java Chatterbox. The only problem is that it displays things textually (without HTML) and sometimes duplicates data though chipmunk has investigated and figured out why it duplicates data. I believe that a lot of monks use the Java Chatterbox.


    "The doktor is in."

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