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akiy
12-02-2004, 12:46 PM
Hi everyone,

I'm happy to announce the newest feature on AikiWeb.com:

The AikiChat Real-Time Chat Room
http://www.aikiweb.com/chat

You'll now be able to chat with AikiWeb members from all over the world in real-time! I'm hoping to schedule special "chat" times for special topic discussions (eg "Let's meet on Thursday at 6:00pm EST to discuss beginners' ukemi issues").

A few notes: You'll need to be an active AikiWeb Member (http://www.aikiweb.com/membership/) in order to use the chat room.
The "chat area" refreshes about every eight seconds. When this happens, you may see that area "blink." This is expected and is, unfortunately, necessary.
In order to send a "private message" (a message only seen by the recipient) to someone , you can use a command of the following format:
/msg [recipient's username] Hi! How are you!
You can also click on the user's name in the right pane to put in a default private message template in your Message area. Simply click on their name and then edit the "<Your Private MSG Here>" to your message.
To do an "action," type something like:
/me does a forward roll
The above will show "*USERNAME does a forward roll*" in the chat area.
There are some user settings that you can set for the chat room including your username color/font and "ignore" features. Click on the "AikiChat User Preferences" link near the top of the chat window.
The "Show Archive" button will launch a new window with the last 100 messages. You can use this window to "catch up" with recent messages.
The time on the left of each message should be your local time when the message was posted. If it is incorrect, make sure that your Options Preferences (profile.php?do=editoptions) are set correctly (including Daylight Savings TIme (DST) settings).
You'll need a browser that can handle "Iframes." If your browser doesn't work well with the chat room, I suggest using a newer browser. My personal recommendation would be the Firefox browser (http://www.getfirefox.com).

As always, please do not forget that the primary rule on AikiWeb is, "Treat your fellow AikiWeb members with respect." The same rule is also primary in the AikiChat area.

Please let me know if you have any questions or issues, and I'll do my best to resolve them.

Enjoy!

-- Jun

Steven
12-02-2004, 02:11 PM
Very cool!

otto
12-02-2004, 03:16 PM
Finally :D

Jill N
12-02-2004, 07:19 PM
Thanks Jun: looks interesting. Let us know when there will be a topic chat- I'll try and check it out then.
E ya later
Jill.

maikerus
12-03-2004, 12:04 AM
Jun,

Looks good. I noticed that when I send a <private> message that it says "To Maikerus" instead of "To Xuzen"

For example, when I put this "/msg [xuzen] <Your Private MSG Here>" in the message box I get

To maikerus (private): <Your Private MSG Here>

Coming up. Shouldn't that be "To Xuzen" as the person sending the message. When I receive the message it says its from the right person. This seems to only happen as the poster.

cheers,

--Michael

akiy
12-03-2004, 12:27 AM
Hi MIchael,

Thanks for the bug report. It should be fixed now...

-- Jun

siwilson
12-03-2004, 05:55 AM
Very cool!

I am going to have to get my staff to have the page blocked. I wouldn't get any work done!!! :D

akiy
12-03-2004, 10:55 AM
Hi everyone,

I'm glad you're finding the new AikiChat feature fun and interesting!

There are more new features (outside of AikiChat) coming up, too. Stay tuned!

-- Jun

Jill N
12-04-2004, 07:46 AM
Hi all:
The chat thing is great fun. I'm having a bit of difficulty though....
I find it hard to get caught up on the conversation sometimes when I go on because when I screen up to read what has been said, it keeps dragging me back to the bottom when it refreshes. I have double vision so I just get focussed, and then........DOH? (no- it has nothing to do with use of social lubricants the night before...really!)

Any suggestions are welcome. This really is a problem for me.

e ya later
Jill

akiy
12-04-2004, 10:09 AM
Hi Jill,

Try clicking on the "Show Archive" button next to the "Post" button. It should pop up a window with the most recent batch of messages in it that won't do any refreshes.

Hope that helps,

-- Jun

rachmass
12-04-2004, 12:04 PM
Nice idea Jun, thanks for adding it. I haven't caught anyone on it yet though (guess it is hit or miss), should we do something like post that we are going to the chat room to see if anyone wants to join in?
Again, nice idea!

bcole23
12-04-2004, 02:35 PM
You can type in Japanese in it too.... nifty..

Tadhg Bird
12-05-2004, 03:33 PM
Looks like the chat program I wrote in perl a few years ago. Man chatting using http is kludgy.

Just wondering why you went this approach instead of say... setting up an IRC channel and providing a java client on the webpage?

Not criticising by any means, but just wondering what you had to consider.

Anders Bjonback
12-05-2004, 06:28 PM
Oh my GOD. If I actually participated in that there would be no turning back from being a true aiki nerd.

akiy
12-05-2004, 06:48 PM
Just wondering why you went this approach instead of say... setting up an IRC channel and providing a java client on the webpage?
I tried this very approach (Java-based IRC client, IRC daemon running on the server), but I didn't really like the insecurity of IRC, the non-integration of the Java-based client with the AikiWeb members feature, and the non-ubiquity of Java on some people's browsers.

-- Jun

Jerry Miller
12-05-2004, 08:40 PM
Very cool.

xuzen
12-07-2004, 08:43 PM
Jun,

I notice that the ACTIVE USERS LIST inside the chat room and that which is at the FORUM doesn't match.

For example in the Chat Room it may list 5-6 users but when I switch to the forum page it list only 3 users. It is probably a bug.

Thanks again for the wonderful feature.

Boon.

Jill N
12-08-2004, 08:36 AM
Hi Jun:
Thanks your advice works fine.
e ya later.
Jill

>>Hi Jill,
Try clicking on the "Show Archive" button next to the "Post" button. It should pop up a window with the most recent batch of messages in it that won't do any refreshes.<<<

akiy
12-08-2004, 11:59 AM
I notice that the ACTIVE USERS LIST inside the chat room and that which is at the FORUM doesn't match.
That's odd. I'll take a look into it...

-- Jun

Zato Ichi
12-09-2004, 01:41 AM
Another thing for the To Do List:

There is a serious script error when posting links: for some reason, the parser adds spaces within both the html and plain text. Which, from a coding stand point, just weirds me out... :hypno:

MaylandL
12-09-2004, 08:36 AM
Hi Jun

Thanks for setting up the chat function. Looks great so far :)

akiy
12-09-2004, 09:55 AM
Hi Haruo,

How long was the URL? If it's too long, it'll probably invoke the word wrap feature which prevents very long strings from messing up the display. I'll see if I can modify that section of the code to ignore URL links.

-- Jun

Zato Ichi
12-09-2004, 10:09 AM
How long was the URL? If it's too long, it'll probably invoke the word wrap feature which prevents very long strings from messing up the display. I'll see if I can modify that section of the code to ignore URL links.
Hi Jun.

That's the odd thing... some of the URLs weren't even that long. Here the kicker though: for example this link
http://www.eastserve.com/opencms/opencms/My_Computer/help_support/humour/data.html
was shortened to something like
http://www.eastserve.com/opencms/ope...ata.html
in the text. Fair enough. However, the parser does not copy the link correctly, adding spaces to the URL and then using that for the anchor. Something like
http://www.eastserve.com/openc ms/opencms/My_Computer/help _support/humour/data.html
So, naturally, when you click on the link and the escape sequences are added, brings up a 404.

Hope this helps.

akiy
12-09-2004, 12:40 PM
I think the URL thing is now fixed. Please let me know if otherwise...

-- Jun

Zato Ichi
12-09-2004, 08:00 PM
Works fine now.

Domo arigato, Jun-sama!

Tadhg Bird
12-12-2004, 12:07 AM
I tried this very approach (Java-based IRC client, IRC daemon running on the server), but I didn't really like the insecurity of IRC, the non-integration of the Java-based client with the AikiWeb members feature, and the non-ubiquity of Java on some people's browsers.

-- Jun

Yes, compatibility! The very reason I wrote an http base chat program. One member in the group I was setting up the chat for had an ancient Mac that I had to consider.

I think you did a great job.

maikerus
12-12-2004, 11:29 PM
Jun,

Any chance of throwing in an additional link beside the active user name to bring up that active users profile? I like the fact that when you click on it now it starts a private msg, but just wondering if we could have both.

cheers,

--Michael, who really wants to know who he's talking to <grin>

akiy
12-13-2004, 04:10 PM
Hi Michael,

Good idea. I'll see what I can do...

-- Jun

xuzen
12-27-2004, 10:57 PM
Hi Jun,

My link to the aikichat keeps severing and in the chat window, the message: Webpage unavailable. Please try again later keeps appearing. This has been happening to me since last week. Just wondering if it is a tech glitch on the chat feature or is it on my internet connection. Hope to hear from you soon.

Season's Greeting and a Happy New Year to you and the aikiweb team.

Boon.

akiy
12-27-2004, 11:35 PM
Hi Boon,

I'll send you e-mail to try to work out the bugs...

-- Jun

Kelly Allen
05-17-2005, 07:27 PM
Jun has the Chat room been off line for the past few weeks or is it just my puter that won't let me on any more?

Kelly Allen
05-17-2005, 07:30 PM
This is all I get now. http://www.aikiweb.com/forums/vBChat.php?do=main

akiy
05-18-2005, 10:25 AM
Hi Kelly,

I just tried using the link above and it seems to work fine for me...

There's an upgrade to the chat system which I have not yet had the time to implement. Hopefully, soon.

-- Jun

maikerus
05-18-2005, 07:54 PM
Hi Jun,

Just so you know, the private msg part of the chatroom feature also seems to be screwed up. Interesting, it works with some people (or private messages sent to some people) but not to others. When it doesn't work everyone sees the message.

I don't think its really affecting anyones ability to chat though, so I wouldn't call this a high priority bug or anything like that.

cheers,

--Michael

Kelly Allen
05-21-2005, 09:39 PM
Hi Kelly,

I just tried using the link above and it seems to work fine for me...

There's an upgrade to the chat system which I have not yet had the time to implement. Hopefully, soon.

-- Jun
Nope I'm still not getting into the chat room. Must be my puter. I'm going to sign on at home to see if there is a difference. I should have done that to begin with.

Kelly Allen
05-22-2005, 10:38 PM
Hey Jun! I've finally figured out why I haven't been able to see a chat window. It turns out somehow the window itself got reduced and all I had to do was reopen the window. (You know the little plus minus button)! I'm such a computer putz!

madelilah_reluya
06-26-2006, 05:58 PM
yah cool :cool:
but i tried chatting only no one answered me, maybe the network, but pls keep-it up!

madelilah_reluya
06-26-2006, 06:00 PM
hello! I am happy I would be learning enough and more things about aikido in this aikiweb forum

Lai