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Frequently Asked Questions for Mobile Colloquy Users

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  1. How do the completion popups work?
  2. Can I run Colloquy in the background?
  3. How can I stay connected while doing other things?
  4. What is Keyboard Selection?
  5. How do I change the default settings?
  6. Why do I have to quit Colloquy to change settings?
  7. How do I change the way messages look?
  8. How do I join a new chat room/message a user?
  9. How do I change the topic?
  10. How do I report a bug?
  11. How do I get help for something that isn't listed here?
  12. What commands are supported?


How do the completion popups work?

On a desktop IRC client you can usually press the Tab key to autocomplete a nickname when sending a message, which is really handy for saving you a whole lot of typing. Since the iPhone lacks a Tab key, and because there are also common commands and emoticons you might to use, Colloquy has chat completions.

As you type, you’ll see suggestions that match what you’ve typed so far. These suggestions will only appear once you've typed two characters, and unlike the iPhone's own autocorrection, will be ignored unless you tap to insert one.

Tapping the Close (the gray "X") button will stop any more suggestions for that word, and if you're not a fan of the feature in general, you can disable it entirely in Colloquy's settings (Advanced Behavior, Chat Completions).

Can I run Colloquy in the background?

No. Apple has not provided support for running any third party application in the background. Push notification (like Mail) has been announced, but are also not yet available to third party applications.

Keep in mind that even with push notification available in future versions of the iPhone SDK, this may not be a possibility in Colloquy due to major changes required in IRC server software that is outside of our control.

How can I stay connected while doing other things?

The main way you can get past the limitation mentioned above is to use something called a bouncer (sometimes called a BNC or IRC proxy). A bouncer will stay online for you on a different computer or server which you then connect to from Colloquy. This is a service that Colloquy does not provide, it is something that you will either have to set up yourself or purchase from a third party.

What is Keyboard Selection?

While we figure most people will prefer to tap chat-completion suggestions to insert them, Colloquy also offers the option of inserting them using the keyboard. You can switch to Keyboard Selection in Colloquy's settings (Advanced Behavior, Chat Completions).

With keyboard selection, instead of only being able to tap suggestions to insert them, you can also wait a second after a suggestion pops up, tap the Space key until the suggestion you want is highlighted, and finally tap the Enter key to insert it. The Space key will only select suggestions if you pause from typing for a second, otherwise just as with Tap Selection mode, continuing to type will ignore suggestions (you can tell you've waited long enough when the Send key changes to Enter).

If you accidentally invoke suggestions with the space bar but don't want them, either tap the Close button (the gray "X") or the Space key until the Close button is highlighted and then tap Enter to dismiss them. You can also keep typing while in this state, and Colloquy will insert a space and the letter you pressed while dismissing the suggestions.

How do I change the default settings?

Many settings, such as changing the transcript style, quit message or default nickname, can be changed by selecting Colloquy in the Settings application (scroll down). If there's a setting you want, it's probably in there.

Why do I have to quit Colloquy to change settings?

We're just following the Apple guidelines for handling infrequently-changed settings for iPhone applications.

How do I change the way messages look?

Select Colloquy in the Settings application and tap Transcript Style. Although you can't modify or add new styles yourself at present, there is a discussion as to how we might be able to do this in future releases on ticket #1375.

How do I join a new chat room/message a user?

Tap the "+" button in the Colloquies tab.

How do I change the topic?

Type "/topic " followed by the new topic and tap Send.

How do I report a bug?

If you think you've found a Colloquy bug, check to see if you are running an earlier Colloquy version. Please update through the App Store if possible before filing bugs that may have already been fixed. Next you should search through the tickets to see if anyone else has already reported it.

If you can't find a a previously reported bug, you are ready to file a ticket. But you first need to register before you can create a new ticket. Once you have registered, you will be able to login and file a ticket. Also, since we share the ticket system with Colloquy for Mac, you need to specify "Colloquy (Mobile)" from the component menu, and a mobile version from the version menu. Keep in mind, the better your bug report, the higher the chance that your bug will be addressed quickly.

Once your ticket is filed, and you gave us an email address, you will receive email when it is updated or the status changes. After the bug is considered fixed, you will usually be asked to update to the most recent release of Colloquy and try it, to make sure that the fix works for you.

How do I get help for something that isn't listed here?

The easiest way is probably to join #colloquy-mobile on irc.freenode.net, which you can get to from within Colloquy by tapping the "+" button in the Colloquies tab, then "Join a Chat Room", and finally, tap "Join Colloquy Support Room".

What commands are supported?

Colloquy supports a majority of the common IRC commands, such as /msg and /notice. It also supports a few other commands in order to perform searches and browse websites. They are:

/google query - Searches Google
/wikipedia query - Searches Wikipedia
/amazon query - Searches Amazon
/browser URL - Opens the URL entered in the browser (regardless of your Open Links In setting)
/browser - Opens the browser
/url URL - Opens the URL entered based on your Open Links In setting.

While Mobile Colloquy takes the locale to search on Google, Wikipedia, or Amazon with from the system settings, it is possible to search using different languages. All you have to do is specify a locale other than your default one. This is done by typing a country code like "de" before the search term. So if you were American and wanted to search the German version of Google for "kuchen", you would type /google de kuchen.