Speak Freely for Windows

Finding on-line users

Speak Freely's "Look Who's Listening" facility allows Speak Freely users to publish their E-mail and Internet addresses and optional additional information on a server accessible to other users. You can query a Look Who's Listening Server with the Phonebook/Search... menu item.

The "Server" specifies the host name or Internet address of a Unix site running the server you wish to query. An experimental server is running at the site lwl.fourmilab.ch, but is not guaranteed to remain in service permanently. If you've published your directory on a server, the same server is used as the default for searches. At the time this version of Speak Freely was released, servers were running at the following sites:

        corona.itre.ncsu.edu    United States (North Carolina)
        lwl.fourmilab.ch        Switzerland
	lwl.fourmilab.to	       Western North America

As with everything on the Internet, servers are in a constant state of flux. This Web page will be updated as servers come and go, so you can check here to see a list of currently available servers. It's generally best to publish your directory information on a nearby server. Remember that each server is independent; you only see users who have published their address on that server. If you want to communicate regularly with someone, it's best to agree to meet on the same server.

When you first connect to a server, the text box at the bottom left will show the server's welcome message, if any. This message usually identifies the server and indicates the location on the World-Wide Web where it publishes a list of all active Speak Freely users who have published directory entries there.

To look for an on-line user, enter the user's E-mail address in the "User" box and press "Search". If the user did not check "Exact match only" in the Phonebook/Edit Listing... dialogue and you did not check "Exact match only" in this dialogue box, all entries that contain the characters you entered in the "User" box within the E-mail address or Full name fields are returned, up to a limit of 5 to 10 depending on the length of the entries. The server is intended to find individual users, not provide a "wild card" list of a large number of active sites; consult the World-Wide Web document indicated by the server in its welcome message if you'd like to see a list of all active sites.

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