Frequently Asked Questions

basics

Sqwok Public Chat is a fast, open, and effortless discussion website where people from around the world come together to talk about news, current events, technology, sports, finance, culture, & other interesting topics.
The site is designed with minimalism & simplicity in mind, meant to be accessible by everyone regardless of their technology proficiency.
At it's heart, Sqwok is a performant real time chat application that marries a clean, elegant, & delightful User Interface with cutting-edge architecture & design under the surface.
Whereas many existing chat applications are centered around a concept of a "room", Sqwok takes a different approach & centers around user-created "posts" that contain built-in feature-rich chats.
Create a post to discuss a current event including a url, or maybe share a video you saw, or just post about that question on your mind, & instantly have a globally accessible conversation in seconds.
Sqwok is for any human on Earth who's older than age 13.
It was borne out of a personal desire to use such a site when it didn't exist.
It's based on a belief that human connection is the most sacred and powerful thing in the Universe, & as a species we must continually invent new ways to communicate, share ideas, & reason about the world together.
It is a platform for conversationalists & we welcome all respectful people who would like to participate.
The only thing required to use Sqwok is an internet connection and a browser. Sqwok works on both mobile and desktop web and we plan to develop a native mobile application in the future.

posting

A Post is a 300 character or less statement that could be anything from a whimsical thought, to an expression about an interesting subject, or a comment on a current news topic. Posts may contain urls which are shortened and take a max of 23 characters from the 300 character limit.
The last url in a Post is crawled and used to display rich meta data, such as the lead image, summary, publication date, and author information.
No, currently you cannot edit a post once it's created, but stay tuned as we develop the site and add enhanced functionality in the future.
Yes you can delete Posts, and it will also delete all messages.

chat

Chat is a fundamental feature of Sqwok, and allows all people viewing a Post to communicate with eachother in real time. This is achieved by typing into the chat input dialog at the bottom of the chat box and then pressing "enter".
Anyone with an account who is logged into the app will be able to chat on Sqwok. There are no other requirements.
If you type @ into the chat, you'll notice a menu will appear for finding another user to @mention.
mention dialog open preview
The dialog menu is initially populated with suggested users based on the current chat thread, or it will be empty and require you to type a name.
To find a specific user to @mention, simply begin to type their name until it appears, and at that point simply press "enter" or click the name to create the mention.
mention selected preview
When a user is mentioned, they will instantly receive an in-app notification that let's them know you have mentioned them, and will give them the opportunity to join you in conversation.
Yes!
Sqwok has built-in support for markdown syntax, allowing rich & dynamic expressiveness in your messages.
Here is a guide explaining what's currently supported.

type
syntax
example
bold & italic
***
The alphabet of you
bold
**
The alphabet of you
italic
*
The alphabet of you
underline & italic
___
The alphabet of you
underline
__
The alphabet of you
italic
_
The alphabet of you
strikethrough
~~
The alphabet of you
code
`
The alphabet of you
codeblock
```
The alphabet of you
blockquote
>
The alphabet of you
url
http://...
markdown url
[...](http://)
[click](http://rick.ro)

Live Preview
When you type any markdown syntax into the chat input, you will instantly see a rendered preview of the text as it will appear once posted, but surrounded by the syntax characters. This let's you know ahead of time what it will look like once you've hit enter.

Mix & Match
The markdown syntax can be mixed and matched in most cases, have fun!
markdown syntax preview