Upon initiating Group Chat from the Services menu, the Join Group Chat dialog will load for the user to fill in the required group chat information. After filling in the desired information, click Join Room to join the discussion.
To join a Jabber group chat the room and the group chat server. Jabber.org runs a public group chat server at conference.jabber.org. The protocol should be set to "Jabber Group Chat".
To join an Internet Relay Chat (IRC) channel, set the server to "irc.jabber.org", change the protocol to "IRC" and set the IRC server to whichever IRC server is desired. The channel name must be prefixed with an ampersand (&) or a hash (#).
As an example, to join the main GNOME IRC channel with Gabber, enter "#gnome" for the room, enter "irc.jabber.org" for the server, change the protocol to "IRC" and input "irc.gimp.net" in the IRC server field.
After logging into group chat, the main Group Chat window is shown. Along the top is the toolbar with various commands to manipulate the group chat. In the center of the window, there are two text areas. The left text box is the main chat area where all the messages are passed back and forth among the chat members. To the right of that area is the list of current participants in the chat and their current status. To change the status of the user in the group chat session, simply select the desired state from the drop down box beneath the list of group chat participants. On the bottom left is an input text box where the user can type messages. After pressing Enter, the message will be sent to all the participants and will appear in the main chat box.
Invite Contacts - Loads a dialog to allow contacts to be invited to the discussion.
Show/Hide Users in Group - Allows the side panel of group chat participants to be toggled on and off.
Message History - Loads the history dialog to view the entire history of messages with this group.
To change the subject (or topic) of the current group, type or edit the subject in the Subject: text box and press the Enter key.