While QII has technically now reached 1.0, there is still a distinct possibility that you will find a couple quirks and bugs. If you encounter one, first check and see if it is already mentioned in the tasks list. If it isn't already there, then please tell me about the bug, and I'll be happy to fix it for the next release.
Because QII is written in Java, you must have the Java Runtime Environment (1.4 or higher) installed to use it. If you don't already have Java installed (pretty rare nowadays), you can get it from here.
Run qii.jar, which is within the .zip file. You can also run it using "java -jar qii.jar" in a commandline.
QII can be put whereever you want. It will create some folders (cache, logs, settings) on the first run, so I recommend you stick it in a folder of its own.
When you first open QII, you will be asked to enter your Gay.com login. If you do not already have one, go here.
After entering your login [image], you should then click the "Get Hash" button. QII will then wait a moment or two as it contacts gay.com to get a login hash for you. This is a unique key that allows you to connect to the gay.com chat network. You only need to go through this process again if you decide to log in as another user.
Once you have a password hash [image], feel free to browse the other options or click OK to connect to the server. If you click cancel instead, your login info will not be saved, and you will need to go back to the Options window (Network->Options) to re-enter it.
If you do not start connecting to the Gay.com server immediately after leaving the options box (if you unchecked the "Connect on Statup" option under the General tab), you can connect manually using "Network->Connect".
The first time you connect to the server, QII will download some configuration data from Gay.com [image]. This only occurs the first time you connect to the network, unless you remove the data by deleting files from the "settings" folder (which won't hurt QII, it just means you will have to redownload the data).
After you have connected, the first thing to do is see what rooms you can join. You can do this by going to "Rooms->Room List" [image]. A window will come up, showing what rooms are available [image]. Feel free to select one and start chatting! If you decide that one of the rooms strikes your fancy, add it to your favorites by selecting it in the channel tree and clicking "Add Favorite". The next time you load QII, your new favorite will be visible in the Rooms menu.
You have probably noticed the letters [image] that show up next to your fellow users in the room's userlist. Their purpose is to show the user's status at a glance. Here's how it works:
|-||The user has no photo and no profile on Gay.com.|
|+||The user has a profile, but without any photos.|
|P||The user has uploaded Photos of his/herself.|
|A||Those photos are tagged as Adult (and its possible that you can't view them, if you're an unpaid user).|
To view a user's information, just select their name in the room's userlist, and it will show above the room text. You can set your own information to be seen by others by entering it in the fields at the top of the Console tab [image]. Tip: To manually view a user's information, type "/whois their_name".
You can also view profile information for other users. To do this, right click their name and select "User Profile." This will bring up a Profile Viewer [image] with the user's photo and other information. To view another user's profile with the viewer already open, just select their name, and the viewer will update automatically. Tip: To manually view a user's profile, type "/profile their_name".
While you can certainly interact with other people through the chat rooms, that is only half the story. You also have the ability to participate in one-on-one private conversations with other users on the network [image]. To start a open window to chat with another user, either double-click their name in a room's user list, or right click their name and select "Private Window". Tip: You can also manually open a private window by typing "/query their_name". To just send someone a message without opening a private window, do "/msg their_name message_here".
Tab Completion - If, in the first word or two of a line, you type the first few letters of someone's name then press tab, QII will automatically fill in the rest of their name. If there is more than one name that matches what you typed, you can toggle between them by pressing tab again.
URL Buttons - Some buttons in QII will load web sites when clicked, such as the "New User" and "Lost Pass" buttons in the Options box. To see where these buttons go, just hold the cursor over them for a few seconds. Linux/Unix users can also specify the browser to use in the General tab of the Options box (just give the binary name, such as "firefox" or "mozilla").
Room Hammering - If you enable the "Only Join Primary Rooms" option under the General tab of settings, QII will ask you if you want to continue trying to join a room when it's full. If you choose to do so, QII will automatically attempt to join that room until a slot opens up.
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