Lojban Live Chat

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The Internet Relay Chat (aka IRC)[1] channel is a place for people to textually chat in real-time.

Connecting quickly

To get connected to Lojban chat use any of the following methods (your and others' messages will be available in all of them no matter which method you use).

People involved in Lojban community usually read each day's backlog and will answer your questions within several hours and often even within minutes.

Telegram

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Using this method you will be able to read the history of the chat since the beginning of 2016.
  1. Install the free Telegram messenger on your Apple, Android or your desktop device
  2. join main Lojban chat groups by following these links:
    • lojban - talk in or about Lojban
    • ckule - ask questions arising while your study of Lojban
    • jbosnu - talk in Lojban only
    • jboselbau - for any offtopic discussions :)
    • Or in Telegram search for "lojban" user (@lojban) or "solpahi" (@solpahi), send them your nickname (your id) and ask them to add you to the chats.

Slack

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Using this method you will be able to read the history of the chat for the last ~7 days or so.
  1. Open https://slaka.herokuapp.com Submit your email and get an invite to http://lojban.slack.com to your e-mail inbox.
  2. Open http://lojban.slack.com
  3. Ask questions on Lojban in #ckule channel, talk in or about Lojban in #lojban channel and talk only in Lojban in #jbosnu channel.

Direct web access

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Using this method you will be able to see messages that are sent only while you are connected.
  1. Navigate to the web-based IRC client (Kiwi), choose a nickname you want yourself to be known as, and click "Start". Easy!
  2. Click on the channel you want (tabs on the top of the page), and type your text in the text bar at the bottom - the last line at the bottom of the chat page.
  3. Ask questions on Lojban in #ckule tab, talk in or about Lojban in #lojban tab and talk only in Lojban in #jbosnu tab.

You may alternately try another client (Qwebirc).

Trickier ways of connecting

This is for geeks. If you have an IRC application installed use the following information:

  • The Lojban IRC channel is on the Freenode IRC network. Use irc.lojban.org or chat.freenode.net for the server, port 6667 (or 6679 for an SSL-encrypted connection). Registering with NickServ is recommended.
  • The three channels are used:
    • #lojban for basic discussions in any language,
    • #ckule for questions from new learners in any language and
    • #jbosnu for discussions in Lojban only.

It is recommended, but by no means required, that you learn what IRC is by briefly reading some of the IRC Frequently Asked Questions or The IRC Prelude.

You may also use irssi command line app on your server to keep the whole log of chat activity.

Conduct

There are almost always more than 100 people connected, but since they live in different timezones most of the time, they'll be idle. Say coi, hit Enter and wait. Get a soda. Practice your vocabulary. But be patient. Dedicated IRC'ers don't sit in front of the computer 24/7 waiting to respond within 10 seconds of everything said. Think of it as sort of a fast moving message board.

You might also have a look at the IRC cheat sheet, which contains a list of translations of frequently used expressions.

IRC Bots

Rules

Just behave and be respectful, don't intentionally try to annoy others. Don't worry though, usually you'll only annoy people if you're actively trying.

Logs

There are public logs of the utterances in Lojban of the IRC channel[2].

The logs are filtered so that they contain only Lojban text. However, you might still be offended by the things discussed there. If you are, that's your problem and the LLG explicitly disclaims responsibility for anything said on the IRC channel, including by members or officers of the LLG.

Furthermore, no guarantee is made as to the correctness of the Lojban therein. Nonetheless, the IRC logs currently constitute one of the largest corpora of Lojban text.

Discussion Topics

A list of interesting discussion topics, about the nature of the language, is being actively maintained and copied into this wiki. They often include specific terminology. The discussions are presented as is, copied from the IRC channel.

References

  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IRC
  2. Thanks to help from Theodore Reed and Jordan DeLong