Group Chat

Chat live with the community about projects. The chat service is available at all times. However, project developers will specifically be available to answer questions every Wednesday at 10:00 AM PST (17:00 UTC/GMT) for one hour.

Alternatively, you may use any XMPP client (Spark, Exodus, Pandion, Trillian, etc) to connect to the group chat service at The chat name is "Open Chat" and its address is

Previous Chats

Transcripts of the weekly chats are posted in the discussion forums. Try a search for "chat transcript" to find them.

About Group Chat

The web-based group chat client used on this site is powered by a new embedded xmpp chat system based on SparkWeb.

Change Log

  • April 11th, 2007
  • Users will now automatically be logged out when leaving the page
  • April 6th, 2007
  • Added help for / commands
  • Added /?, /help, /away, /available, and /back (first two and last two are synonyms)
  • Added the ability to disable commands for embedders of groupchat
  • The contact list is now sorted by status, then name
  • April 5th, 2007
  • Hopefully fixed Safari again
  • Fixed an issue that would cause messages to not appear sometimes
  • Added support for creating rooms on the fly (not exposed on the ignite chat)
  • The chat no longer autoscrolls if you've scrolled up more than 100px to look at past messages
  • April 4th, 2007
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Safari from sending messages or changing name
  • Fixed an issue that prevented the topic bar from showing
  • Improved nickname collision handling
  • March 27th, 2007
  • New appearance, and some layout changes
  • Fixed a status changing bug
  • Fixed a nickname changing bug
  • Fixed several potential script exploits
  • Should work in Microsoft Internet Explorer and Apple Safari again
  • March 12th, 2007
  • Improved formatting of timestamps, and added the date to the window header
  • Fixed image urls
  • Added /part and /leave commands
  • Added click-to-change status (available/away)
  • Consecutive messages from the same person are now visually combined
  • Usernames are now stored in a cookie
  • Added a tooltip on the presence change and name change controls
  • Automated informational messages can now be styled differently
  • March 8th, 2007
  • Reduced code size
  • Added support for /me, /nick, and /clear commands from IRC
  • Added nickname collision prevention
  • Changed window title
  • March 7th, 2007
  • Improved tab completion of nicknames
  • Removed per-message time stamps in favor of an every-five-minutes time message
  • Messages that mention your nickname are highlighted now
  • Added smileys
  • URLs like or are now clickable


Have ideas or suggestions? Join our community group chat every Wednesday at 10:00am PST (17:00 UTC/GMT).

The next live chat session will begin in:
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