Re: [Tools-discuss] Trial chat service: xmpp

Michael StJohns <> Tue, 20 October 2020 23:59 UTC

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Just FYI -  Mozilla Thunderbird (mail client) has a built in XMPP 
client.  Tools -> Chat Status -> Show Accounts to add an account.  You 
might want to think about adding it to the list of clients.


On 10/14/2020 1:45 PM, Robert Sparks wrote:
> In addition to the trial instances of the matrix and zulip chat services,
> we have deployed a trial instance of an xmpp service that allows local 
> accounts
> to be registered, allows guest account access, and provides a web client.
> These services are available at
> As noted earlier, we are deploying these services to gain operational
> experience and get community feedback about how well they meet the 
> need for
> IETF-related chat.
> We have clear evidence from the IETF 107 post-meeting survey
> ( 
> that many
> IETF participants find jabber a significant problem.  This is partly 
> due to
> difficulties in finding a free jabber service and partly due to client 
> issues.
> There are two paths to try to resolve these problems, one is to 
> improve the
> IETF jabber service and the other is to switch to an alternative 
> groupchat
> solution. This addition explores the the first path.
> This install has very little local configuration or customization.  As 
> with the
> other trials, over the next few weeks, we will be exploring 
> reconfiguring the
> service to use datatracker credentials for sign-in.  Bridging between the
> systems is already being explored. Please remember that one 
> consequence of
> these explorations is that there will likely be times, outside of 
> meetings,
> when accounts will be disrupted or even removed and will have to be 
> recreated.
> We would like feedback on how well any of these services meet chat 
> needs during
> meetings, both the full online IETF 109 meeting, interims, adhocs, and 
> hallway
> conversations.
> Around December, we will assess our experiences and the feedback 
> received to
> inform which chat services we provide in the future and how we will 
> operate
> them. In January, these trial instances will be taken down. We do not 
> intend to
> preserve or migrate any account configuration or chat history from the 
> trial
> instances as we move forward.
> The chat services are intended to be explorational and informal. However,
> please treat them as contexts where contribution rules apply (See
> Please send feedback on the services to
> There are several community members who have put in significant effort
> helping us to set up these trial instances. Please join me in thanking
> Tim April, Matthew Hodgson, and Matthew Wild for their assistance.
> Robert Sparks - Tools team project manager
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