PSYC gateway for legacy environments

Building a bridge across the worlds is the job of the PSYC gateways. All gateways, no matter if connected to an IRC network or a centristic and proprietary so-called instant messaging system, provide for messaging between people on both sides.

From the PSYC side this is fully integrated, the gateway registers itself with the backend as a handler for adequate uniform network locations - for instance "aim:" for AIM users, like in "aim:larry99".


Whenever you receive a message from a legacy environment it will have the name or scheme prepended and screen name or other user information following. You can reply by simply hitting the /reply function, or actively figure out the address of people you know, using that environment.

On the other side messages will appear to be sent by the gateway robot "PSYCgate" and the robot will by default remember to relay any replies directly to you. So all the person on the other side needs to do is to reply.

If you are the person on the legacy side you may want to use some more commands available to you. First start communication with the PSYCgate, then you can send commands. Commands have to be in upper case whenever you're in a reply or talk mode, which is likely to be the case.

You can send a single message to a PSYC person by issuing "TELL <person> <message>" (or MSG or just T or M). But you will probably prefer to use "TALK <person>" (or QUERY or just T) which will tell the gateway to remember you are talking to this specific person. From then on everything you send to the gateway is delivered to that person. Just like when someone from PSYC starts talking to you.

<person> stands for a local nickname on the gateway's server, or any person in PSYCspace, if you provide a complete PSYC identification. The "WHO" command shows you a list of people on the gateway's server.


You can find more information by sending "HELP" to the gateway. See also about:Gateway for soddy details. Enjoy PSYC.

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