Frequently Asked Questions

basics

Sqwok is a place where people can talk about the news and other topics in a high-quality, real-time, and intuitive way.
The site is centered around Posts that contain a built-in feature-rich chat room. Any person who knows the url can open their mobile or desktop browser to immediately view the Post, and with minimal clicks, they can join in the conversation and start talking.
Posts are attached to a person's profile and the most active discussions will be featured at the top of the homepage. People on Sqwok can follow eachother and instantly join their friends when they're in a conversation.
Sqwok was created to address a gap in live discussion on the internet. It's meant for anyone who seeks conversation with other humans around topics such as news, history, science, technology, finance, entertainment, sports, and current events.
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