- Tabbed Chat Windows
- Tab Completion of Nicknames
- Links Are Clickable
- Can Assign Colors to People in Group Chat
- Supports Kick / Ban When You Are a Moderator / Owner
- Supports Changing Nickname in Group Chat
- Supports Emotes
- Supports Emoticons
- Supports Adding Your Own Emoticons
- Supports Using Multiple Accounts Simultaneously
Notes About Pidgin
Pidgin is a multi-protocol chat client, comparable to Trillian on Windows and Adium on Mac. It supports connecting to Yahoo, MSN, GTalk, AOL, ICQ, and others, all simultaneously. It is also the only cross-platform multi-protocol client we document. For many people, it is probably the best choice.
When you first start up Pidgin, it will ask if you wish to setup new accounts. Set up any of the other accounts that you wish to use, and then follow the steps for adding a new account.
When you are done adding others, You will need to add a new account for CS Chat. Make sure the add dialog box looks like this:
Once done, you will be in the main Pidgin window, with all of your CS contacts, friends, and social groups loaded up.
Joining a Group Chat
To join the main group chat room, click "Buddies"->"Join Chat". Make sure the window that appears looks like the following (replacing "Account" with your CS Chat account, and "Handle" with your CS Screen Name), then click "Join".
To make your own group chat room, follow all the above steps. When asked for the name of the group chat to join, enter a new name other than "cs".
Emotes and Nicknames
You can do emotes, which are statements that look like
actions. This is done using
/me does something, and
will look like this in the room:
CSScreenName does something
You can also change your nickname while in the chat room. This
is done using
/nick NewNickName, and this will
change your nickname that others see in the room. Note that
people can always find your real screen name by looking at your
user information, though.
Moderating Your Chat Room
If a need arises to kick someone out of your chat channel, you
/kick nickname "reason for kicking",
and that user will be kicked off the channel.
If it goes further, and you must ban someone from joining your
channel again, you can do
/ban nickname "reason for
banning", and that user will be unable to join the
If you discover you need to unban someone, then you will need
to know their full username. You can get this by
/affiliate outcast. Find the appropriate name
you wish to unban, and then do
To add contacts and friends, visit your CS Buddy List, and add them there. From there, the data will be copied from CS to CS Chat. This process normally takes 30 to 45 minutes. Once done, you will see the person appear in your contact list the next time you log on.
Note, though, that a person on your roster for CS Chat will never be removed by this process. Delete them from your CS Buddy List, and then delete them in your roster window, if you wish to do this.