AKWriters Chat

To chat directly in your browser, you will first need to log into the site.

If you would prefer to use an app that runs natively on your device, you can instead log into the chat server using any client that supports the XMPP (aka "Jabber") protocol. The sections below provide step-by-step instructions for our recommended chat clients, (for Windows and Linux users) and (for Mac users). For other clients, use the section below that most closely matches what yours is asking for: username and domain follows Pidgin, while "Jabber ID" or "JID" follows Adium. You will also need to generate an "App Password" to use with your app.

Pidgin is our recommended chat client for Windows and Linux users.

Setting up Pidgin

Once you have downloaded and installed Pidgin, add a new account by opening the Accounts menu and selecting Manage Accounts, and then click the "Add..." button.

Setup Pidgin

To configure your account, set your options as so:

  1. Protocol: XMPP
  2. Username: Your username
  3. Domain: akwriters.org
  4. Resource: Optionally identify this location to yourself.
  5. Password: The App Password you generated.

Under User Options, give yourself a Local alias; this only shows up to you, and identifies your own messages. I like to set it to "Me".

Now click the Add button to finish and connect to the server.

Joining the Chatroom

When you log in for the first time, will ask you to be her friend. She's here to be helpful, and can make joining the group chat a lot easier. After you accept her request, you can say "invite me" to her, and she'll send you an invitation to join the group chat room.

Adium is our recommended chat client for Mac users.

Setting up Adium

Once you have downloaded and installed Adium, add a new account by opening the File menu, going to the Add Account sub-menu, and choosing XMPP (Jabber).

Setup Adium

To configure your account, set your options as so:

  1. Jabber ID: Your username@akwriters.org
  2. Password: The App Password you generated.

Under Personal, give yourself an alias; this only shows up to you, and identifies your own messages. I like to set it to "Me".

Now click the OK button to finish and connect to the server.

Joining the Chatroom

When you log in for the first time, will ask you to be her friend. She's here to be helpful, and can make joining the group chat a lot easier. After you accept her request, you can say "invite me" to her, and she'll send you an invitation to join the group chat room.

Annika is our friendly local chat bot.

Sending Annika Commands

There are two ways to send commands to Annika:

  • In a single-user chat, simply say the command (e.g. "plot bunny")
  • In a group chat, start with her name (e.g. "annika, plot bunny")
When interacting with her in a group chat, she will also respond to the nickname "Annie", e.g. "annie, plot bunny".

Useful Commands

Here is a quick rundown of some of her more useful commands to help you in reaching 50,000 words:

arcanobabble
Random arcanobabble
divination
Get a random kind of divination (e.g. chiropteromancy)
diviner
Get a random kind of diviner (e.g. chiropteromancer)
invite me
Annika will invite you the Nano group chat room (non-Web Chat users)
plot bunny
Get a random plot bunny
plot ninja
Get a random plot ninja
random name
Get a random name
random job
Alias of "random profession"
random profession
Get a random profession
technobabble
Random technobabble generator

You can also specify a name when asking for a plot bunny (e.g. "annika, plot bunny bob") to have that name inserted into her response (e.g. "Bob is out driving when the car stops running."). Also, when asking for a random name, Annika is pretty good at figuring out if you're asking for a male or female name: "random name male", "random male name", "random name man", "random man name" — these examples would all provide a man's name in her response. You can of course leave out the gender to get a randomly picked name of either.