chat* is a javscript based chat system that was created in 2007 and updated and released in 2008 by rednuht.
The browser (client) connects to a website (server) and downloads (via AJAX) details of existing chat sessions/users.
The web client is anonymous and does not require a password being automatically logged in with a random "web#NUM#" default name. The user can change this either by using the "/nick #newname#" command or typing over the username in the GUI and hitting return.
The adminbot will kick(disconnect) users for using bad language and continually monitors the channel.
All messages are logged, if you do not want your conversation logged please do not use chat*.
All messages are sent "in the clear" via HTTP to the server and could be "intercepted" or "snooped" at any number of points either on the clients network or the internet as a whole.
Well if you read this far you will probably not be too suprised to find chat* is "single user" system.
Although none of the above statements are false chat* is not what it first appears to be.
The chat* system downloads XML files dependant on the time of day that contain the list of users and details of how they should act. Possible actions are based upon three basic sections in the XML, React, Script and Random. Various flags and commands can be used to give even more contol.
React simple defined a trigger/response mechanism that means the bots respond to specific words in lines the user enters.e.g. User asks "are you ignoring me?" and the bot reacts with "we are not ignoring you !" becuase "ignoring me" was detected.
Script was the meat of the XML files and consisted of scripted discussion amongst the bots, allowing the channel to look busy.e.g.
Random allows random events to take place including users disconnecting, talking out of turn and a number of other things.e.g.
Conclusion: although all these processes work I, still feel the project is not very good, but so much time is required to create convincing scripts and I have moved on (see not below).
Logging: I found my host was logging all query string information so the chat* simply trys to download a zero.bytes file with the conversation details. This will allow me to pick up on trends and update the scripts to proved a more realistic experience once I parse the log files.
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