iParty Audio Chat? November 12, 2000 11:57 AM   Subscribe

Sort of a feature: iParty is an audio chat program. Would anyone be intrested in setting up a server for MetaFilter? MF is a grat place to start a conversation, and there are a lot of people here that provide it. I think giving everyone the ability to have an actual, real-time conversation would be an interesting extension to the MetaFilter experience.

p.s. I'm not asking this specifically of Matt, either. I understand that about five people can be in a room together on a 28.8 server before lag becomes a real problem, so I imagine anyone that would have a static ip number could run the server. Of course, Matt might have to point it out before it would be accepted. (i.e. "official")
posted by Lirp to Feature Requests at 11:57 AM (7 comments total)

I've been toying with the idea of instant messages too. I've never had a microphone attached to my work or home PCs, so I'm not a fan of audio chat systems.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 12:21 PM on November 12, 2000

an "official" IRC channel would be something along the same lines. Or hell, anyone throwing one up, I guess.

I'd offer to host an iParty room, but my windows box is behind my firewall, and I don't let it run any servers. If there's a program like this for FreeBSD (which I'm doubting) I've got space and some extra bandwidth.

If people are interested in an IRC channel, lemme know and I'll see if I can't find myself a reasonably simple FreeBSD IRC server somewhere. It doesn't even have to be and official MeFi channel either, really. If someone just wants a place to chat at that isn't really billed much (since this is probably the only time I'll mention it on a web site) let me know, too.
posted by cCranium at 1:42 PM on November 12, 2000

Just to clarify, where "billed" = promoted, not where "billed" = charged.
posted by cCranium at 2:35 PM on November 12, 2000

We could set up an irc *server* and kill two birds with one stone: you'd have chat, and you could have #general, #politics, #europe, etc.

Anyway, the reason I brought up iParty was because talking and typing are two entirely different methods of communication, and I think you'd get different results if people were talking. Not that there's anything wrong with the results we're getting now. I just think it could add another dimension to mf.
posted by Lirp at 6:03 PM on November 12, 2000

true 'nuff. Found a server, by the by, and played with it a bit. Still waiting to find out if people are into that sort of thing before I add it into my start up scripts.

Talking's cool, but in all honesty, I can't talk nearly as well as I can type. I can't speak nearly as well as I can write. I'm rather poor forming and defending an argument over voice as opposed to ASCII.
posted by cCranium at 7:49 PM on November 12, 2000

I'd definitely join in an IRC MeFi chat. I bet a lot of people would. I love checking to see what other opinions people have on a topic/issue... the chat would just make the discussions real time. Anyone else?
posted by gramcracker at 10:22 PM on November 12, 2000

there's an IRC server you're all welcome to have your way with at marvin.rmd.cx:6667. Go nuts. It's highly unconfigured, so whoever gets there first is gonna have ops in whatever channel you create. I suggest #mefiirc but that's just me. Perhaps when I get back from work the place will already be hopping. :-)
posted by cCranium at 3:16 AM on November 13, 2000

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