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What's the protocol and server address for "chat.stackoverflow.com" ? I want to connect to it using a messaging client like Pidgin (or XChat or Empathy) if possible. Is the protocol IRC? And What's the server's address (for example, irc.freenode.net)?

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Stack Overflow chat uses an inhouse system, not IRC. There is an IRC bridge and an XMPP bridge, but both are experimental & community based.

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    Thanks, I try it to make it work, but I wish there was a Pidgin plugin for this SO protocol.
    – saeedgnu
    Mar 12, 2011 at 7:42

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