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Old 07 July 2005, 06:02   #1
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RIBnet live chat

As an addition to the forums, RIBnet now has live chat for real time on-line discussions. Log in now at www.rib.net/chat

What's the difference between the RIBnet forums and RIBnet live chat?

In the RIBnet forums, messages are permanently stored and can be read at the users' convenience. Replies can be made at any time, and keeping messages together in threads makes ongoing discussions easy to follow. This means that users don't need to be online at the same time to take part.

Live chat is different as each message is sent to all participants as it is entered, which gives some of the feel of live in-person chatting. Live chat is more spontaneous and informal, more like a face to face conversation. It happens in real time, and only involves the people who are "there" at the time. Although individuals may keep logs of their chats there is no central, publicly accessible archive.

How do I use RIBnet live chat?

RIBnet live chat uses the standard Internet Relay Chat (IRC) system. You can either install a standalone IRC program (known as a client) or use a web based program (normally written in the Java programming language). Compared to email this is equivalent to either using an email program such as Outlook Express, or a web based service like Hotmail.

There is loads of information in the web about IRC and how it works -- www.irchelp.org has a comprehensive collection of information and help files, as well as links to various IRC clients.

A couple of popular Windows IRC clients are mIRC and IceChat, or you can quickly join RIBnet live chat using RIBnet web chat.

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If you are familiar with IRC, then all you'll need are these details:
Server: irc.rib.net
Channel: #ribnet

The RIBnet live chat page at www.rib.net/chat has these details, plus access to RIBnet web chat and details of recent activity.

When is the best time to chat?

You will normally find a few people on-line whatever time you log in, although they may be "idling" or away doing other things. If you have a permanent internet connection (broadband or office network) you can stay connected for as long as you want, and see who else joins. So far it has been busiest in the evenings between 8pm and midnight.

What do I do if I need help?

Either ask for help using live chat (if you can!), or post a message here, and someone will sort it out for you. Our resident IRC gurus are Alex Brown (aka axle) and BenC.

Have fun

John
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Need Help Using Rib Chat

hi, noticed the new rib chat has started how ever have tried several times to log on but when i type in my user name and press enter nothing appears.
What am i doing wrong? thanks
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Old 09 July 2005, 13:32   #3
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The chat program uses a "Java applet", which means a couple of things:

1. You need to have Java installed on your computer
2. It can take a couple of minutes to start up the first time

Either of which could be causing the problem you're seeing.

You can check whether Java is installed here: http://www.java.com/en/download/installed.jsp

Let us know if this helps!

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Did you give it another go?

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i'm hapilly chatting now thanks a bunch!------------- not many people online though , i think its cos its gettin late , better go thanks again
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Having had a few problems with the original chat network that we were using, BenC has set up a server of our own which should make things easier. Thanks Ben!

We have also tweaked the "Web chat" interface at www.rib.net/chat -- so it's really easy to log on and get started now.

If you haven't tried it yet, why not give it a go? It's not busy all the time, but the more people that are able to stay logged on and "idling" the easier it will be to get things going.

Any problems or questions, just post a repy here and we'll sort them out!

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Do people still use this as i ve never been on it...
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Do people still use this as i ve never been on it...
You aren't Mr RibNet Alex, just cos you don't use it, doesn't mean nobody does.


Erm, I haven't been on it recently...
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You aren't Mr RibNet Alex, just cos you don't use it, doesn't mean nobody does.


Erm, I haven't been on it recently...


I wasn't putting it down Jimbo, I was on holiday around the time of its introduction last July and until searching the forums this afternoon I didn't realise of its existence! Seems like a top idea though as private messaging can get abit hectic at times.
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Seems like a top idea though as private messaging can get abit hectic at times.
Don't try and pretend you're Mr Popular getting all these IM's...

I tried it for a bit, but there were rarely people online when I was, and it always seemed conversation was a bit forced.
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Don't try and pretend you're Mr Popular getting all these IM's...
Theres quite a few in my inbox from you actually, so I can't be all that popular
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I don't know!

Just tried now, and it doesn't seem to be working. BenC's your man . . .

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Live Chat is now live again.

I turned it off as not many people were using it - it hardly uses any resources, so I will leave it up.

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John, why don't you add a "Chat" button the to top somewhere, the number of times i have tried to join the server and found it empty is getting somewhat depressing! I'm sure if you wave it in people's faces that they will come!
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