Joining a Channelbot channel
Many of the Channelbot channels are by invitation only. Some are password protected. First you join a Channelbot channel with a FICS server command such as
tell ChannelBot join <channelNumber>
(Throughout these instructions, replace the placeholder <channelNumber> with the actual channel number that you are joining.) If the join command that you were given includes a password, please note that Channelbot passwords are case sensitive.
Interacting with Channelbot
After joining, there are two ways to interact with Channelbot. You can either type console commands (using an alias to save keystrokes) OR install the Channelbot plugin for Babaschess. The plugin is recommended because it is so easy to use; it displays Channelbot channels in a tabbed window alongside your regular channels.
Installing the Channelbot Plugin for Babaschess
The procedure to install this plugin has several steps. You'll (1) download a small file, (2) install it and restart Babas, (3) verify the plugin installation, then (4) make one change to your Babaschess preferences. Ready?
Congratulations -- you're done! Now go chat with your friends in your new Channelbot window. :-)
If you don't use Babaschess or you don't want to install the Channelbot plugin, there is an alternative: you can talk to Channelbot in your console using an alias. An alias is a short text string that the FICS server replaces with a longer command string. The purpose of an alias is to reduce the number of keystrokes you need to type. In this procedure we will define
as an alias that stands for the string
tell channelbot xtell <channelNumber>
Go to your FICS main console and type, or cut and paste
alias c xtell channelbot tell $@
To send a tell to channelbot 323, for example, type
c 323 message
In this example, c 323 means tell channelbot tell 323.
Jin users who have to interact with Channelbot in the main console can improve the visual interface a little bit by configuring Channelbot messages to appear in a different color, since Jin is incapable of displaying channels in a window.