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Getting Connected

Start up Trillian, and enter the connection manager. Click "Add a new connection". Click "Jabber/XMPP". Your full JID is your CS screen name (with all letters made lowercase, and any non-alphanumeric replaced with _) + "". So, if your CS screen name is Flipper, your full JID is "". Your password is the same as your forum password. Turn on the checkbox for "Automatically connect to this account at startup". Click "Connect", and close the connection manager.

Joining a Group Chat

To join the group chat, click on the bubble for your connection (it should be purple, see the picture below). Then click on "Join a Conference". "Chat Name" will be "cs", "Server" will be "", and "Nickname" will be your CS screen name. While you can choose a different nickname, don't forget that anybody can find your real CS forum name just by viewing your user information in the group chat. Now 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

Unfortunately, Trillian does not support the changing of your nickname while you are in the groupchat room. You can only do it at the time of joining the room. As such, if you need to change your nickname, you will have to close the window for the room and re-join it.

Moderating Your Chat Room

If a need arises to kick someone out of your chat channel, you can right click that user's name in the group chat, and click "Kick User" 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 right that user's name in the group chat, and click "Ban User", and that user will be unable to join the chat again.

If you discover you need to unban someone, then you will have to use a different option, such as Pidgin.

Adding Contacts

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.