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At the request of users, T-Vox now runs a fully-functioning IRC-compatible chat room facility. Everyone is welcome to turn up and join in, subject to the Rules listed below. You can access the chat room using our Java web chat facility through the link below or use a standard IRC client, should you prefer. (See below for help acquiring and setting up an IRC client of your own, which is recommended wherever possible.)

The chat room can be accessed via standard IRC clients such as HexChat. We’re on irc.blitzed.org port 6667. The channel name is #t-vox and you will need the room key 3nter to access the room.

Rules

  • Play nice! Respect the other chat users.
  • Do not use obtrusive scripts, colour codes, or ALL CAPITAL LETTERS in the channel.
  • No unsolicited advertising.
  • Discrimination of any kind will not be tolerated.
  • You may also like to read our page on Netiquette.
  • Violations of the channel rules will result in a warning, a kick, or a ban.

Connecting to the Chat

Recommended clients

Windows users should get HexChat, available here. For Windows users who can’t get Pidgin to work for them for whatever reason, you can use Pidgin, available here.

Mac OS X users should get LimeChat (here), Colloquy (here), or Adium (here).

Linux users likely already have a favorite IRC client, but if you don’t, you can download HexChat from your distro’s software repositories – if it’s not already installed. For Linux users who can’t get HexChat to work for them for whatever reason, you can use Pidgin, available in your repositories. If neither HexChat nor Pidgin appeals to you, try irssi, which is also available in your repositories if it’s not already installed.

Android users may already have a favorite IRC client, but if you don’t, you can get AndroIRC for free from the Google Play store.

iOS users (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, etc.) can get LimeChat or Colloquy in iTunes. Download and install it onto your iOS device.

Setting up HexChat

  • When you open HexChat for the first time, the Network List should pop up. (If it doesn’t, press Ctrl S in the main HexChat window to bring it up.)
  • Click the Add button on the right.
  • You should see the words New Network appear in the Networks list. Click on New Network and type Blitzed – that should replace the text. Then press Enter.
  • Now click the Edit… button. A new window will pop up that says HexChat: Edit Blitzed.
  • At the top, click where it says newserver/6667 and type irc.blitzed.org – again, that should replace the text. Press Enter.
  • Check the following boxes (the others should be unchecked):

    Connect to selected server only
    Use global user information
    Connect to this network automatically
    Use global user information

  • Click the Autojoin Channels tab, just above the check boxes.
  • Click the Add button on the right.
  • You should see the word #channel appear in the Channel list at the top. Type #t-vox – that should replace the text. Then press Enter.
  • Click the Close button.
  • In the HexChat: Network List window, check the box at the bottom that says “Skip server list on startup.”
  • Then click the Connect button. You should see the client connecting to the server – a bunch of text will scroll past. Once it finishes connecting, you should join the channel automatically.

Once you’ve done this, the next time you open HexChat, it should connect you to the server and join the channel automatically – you don’t have to do anything.

Setting up Pidgin

If you just downloaded and installed Pidgin, an empty buddy list should pop up when you run it for the first time, along with an Accounts window that says “Welcome to Pidgin!”
If you’re already a Pidgin user, go into your Accounts window by pressing Ctrl A in your buddy list.

  • Click the Add button.
  • Change the protocol to IRC.
  • Change the server to irc.blitzed.org.
  • Pick a nickname for yourself and type it in, then type your name as the Local alias.
  • Do NOT put in a password.
  • Then save it.
  • Check the Online box next to the account to login, then close the Accounts window.
  • In the Buddies menu at the top of your buddy list, select Add Chat. Change the account in the Add Chat window to the irc.blitzed.org one, and type #t-vox as the channel. Put 3nter as the password. No Alias. Type Chats as the Group. Then click the Add button. You’ll see the chat show up in your buddy list.
  • Right-click #t-vox in your buddy list and select Auto Join. Then double-click it to join the chat.

Once you’ve done all this, unless you remove the account or the chat for some reason, you don’t need to re-add it every time you want to get into the chat! Just log into that account, and you’ll automatically join the chat.

Setting up Adium

If you just installed Adium, a setup assistant will open when you run it for the first time. Close the window by clicking the X button in the title bar.

  • Choose Preferences from the Adium menu.
  • Select the Accounts preferences pane.
  • Click the plus (+) button.
  • Select IRC.
  • Enter whatever nickname you want.
  • Enter the hostname as irc.blitzed.org
  • Do NOT enter a password.
  • Check the ‘Connect when Adium opens’ box.
  • Select the Personal panel.
  • Enter your name as the Realname.
  • Enter your nickname as the Ident.
  • Click OK.
  • Select the General preferences pane.
  • Check the ‘Save opened chats when quitting’ box.
  • Select File -> Join Group Chat and type the chat name as #t-vox. If there’s a space for a password, type the password as 3nter
  • If there’s no space for a password, try to join #t-vox anyway. It may pop up a window asking you for a password. If it does, type the password as 3nter

Once you’ve done all this, the next time you open Adium, it should connect you to the server and join the channel automatically – you don’t have to do anything.

Setting up LimeChat

  • In LimeChat, in the Server menu up top, select Server Properties.
  • Select the General tab.
  • Enter ‘blitzed’ as the Network name.
  • Check the ‘Connect on start up’ box.
  • Pick whatever Nickname you want (enter it as both the Nickname and the Login name), and enter your actual name as the ‘Real name’.
  • Enter irc.blitzed.org as the Server.
  • Do NOT enter a password.
  • Click OK.
  • In the Channel menu up top, select Add Channel.
  • Type the channel as #t-vox
  • Type the password as 3nter
  • Click OK. LimeChat will immediately connect you to the server and open the channel for you.

Once you’ve done all this, whenever you open LimeChat, it should connect you to the server and join the channel automatically – you don’t have to do anything.

Setting up Colloquy

  • In Colloquy, hit Command-1 on your keyboard to bring up the Connections window.
  • Click the New button to make a new connection.
  • Pick whatever Username you want, leave the Server Protocol as IRC, and enter irc.blitzed.org as the Chat Server. Tell it to “Remember this connection”.
  • Hit the Details arrow, click the plus sign under “Join Rooms”, and type #t-vox.
  • Click the Connect button, and our chat room should soon show up.
  • Hit Command-1 to bring up the Connections window again.
  • Right click or control-click the irc.blitzed.org from above, and go to ‘Get Info’ on the pull-down list.
  • On top of the new window select ‘automatic’.
  • Check the ‘Connect on launch’ box.
  • On the ‘Join Rooms’ click on the +
  • Add #t-vox
  • When it asks for a password, type 3nter

Once you’ve done all this, the next time you open Colloquy, it should connect you to the server and join the channel automatically – you’ll just have to give the password when it asks.

Setting up AndroIRC

  • Open AndroIRC, then tap the menu button and select Settings.
  • Select Servers.
  • Tap the menu button again, and select New server.
  • Select Name. Type Blitzed, then select OK.
  • Select Address. Type irc.blitzed.org, then tap OK.
  • Select Nickname. Type in a nickname for yourself. (You can always change your nickname later.) Then tap OK.
  • Enable both “Auto-connect” and “Auto-join channels”.
  • Tap the back button. The server info should be saved automatically.
  • Tap the back button again, then select Channels, then select Blitzed.
  • Tap the menu button, then select Add a channel.
  • Select Channel name and type #t-vox, then tap OK. The # symbol must be there!
  • Make sure “Auto-join this channel” is enabled.
  • Select Key and type 3nter.
  • Tap the back button until you’re back at the AndroIRC main screen.
  • Tap the menu button, then select Connect. You will see some text go by as it connects, and then Yay for Queers will open automatically. Now you can chat!
  • To leave the chat, tap the menu button, then select Disconnect. Then tap the menu button again and select Exit. If you do not do this, AndroIRC will continue to run in the background.

Once you’ve done all this, the next time you open AndroIRC, it should connect you to the server and join the channel automatically – you don’t have to do anything.

Setting up irssi

  • Type /server irc.blitzed.org 6667
  • Once you’re connected, type /join #t-vox 3nter

See also

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