Wednesday, July 15, 2009 bots fixed

We (ok, Craig) figured out why bots were not accepting new invites -- basically we'd hit the number of un-answered invites the jabber server could buffer. Clearing this buffer appears to have fixed the invite issue.

This is probably unrelated to the dropped messages issue. I did upgrade the PartyChat server from Smack 3.0.1 to 3.1.0 last night which can only help.

If you're still seeing offline issues or dropped messages, keep letting us know (via comments on this blog is good) and we'll keep poking around till we get this thing fixed.

Update: bots may appear offline for you. This is because the XMPP server's roster database (i.e. who is friends with who) is now out-of-sync with your chat client. If you're using something like Pidgin, you can "unsubscribe" and then "re-request authorization" to the bot. If you're in a GMail based client, we're still trying to figure out how to do it.

Update 2: If you're using gmail chat (or something similar) go to the "Add Contact" dialogue and re-enter the addresses you were using. This will cause them to re-appear as online to you.


  1. bots are working, but are showing up as offline

  2. I appreciate your vigorous work.
    We are using partychat4(at) and I can get a return when I send a command. But, unfortunately, the status is still offline.

  3. nick & okinomahito: See my update to the blog post. We know the root to the problem and are trying to figure out how to fix it for gchat based clients

  4. I'm using Adium on Mac and added address on the client, poof! became online. It works great as usual. Thank you.

  5. re-adding the bots in the GoogleTalk client has them appearing as online. Thanks!

  6. thanks. PartyChat working now :)