As a non-techie, I would like to know a bit more about using Gajim and XMPP. Accounts could be added for an insular team. However, to allow volunteers, members, or people outside the team to reach you, it is not clear to me how or how to reach and connect with others.
Perhaps Jitsi is a service that makes it easier to communicate without a person being part of the team or setting up an account for them. Or perhaps Matrix or some other service is useful for this, although I haven’t looked closely at Matrix. It would be nice if it were possible to communicate with people who don’t have Gajim as well, something like a public telephone call.
I’m not sure, but it seems like Gajim can somehow communicate with people using services listed as XMPP clients and therefore communicate with the address of those people (whatever the address might look like, I don’t know).
So some questions are:
(1) Would ‘outsiders’ have to download Gajim as well or can they use other services to contact your Gajim acount?
(2) I notice that Gajim does not provide service for MacOs/iOS/Android, even though many people don’t use desktops. Others listed as XMPP clients do - of these, is there one that is recommended, more secure, private or more stable? [I’ve attached a list below at very bottom of clients found]
(2) On Gajim, people can be found by entering the address. Is this only for Gajim addresses? Or can addresses from other services and/or XMPP clients be used?
(3) One the WWW, can Gajim be used to join other discussions that are not exclusively on the May1st server? If so, how, where, or which ones?
(4) Can other platforms be used with Gajim? I am looking online and seeing all these big platforms have dropped XMPP (Facebook, Google).
(5) If there are other chat platforms that can use Gajim - are there instructions online for doing so for any of these? Is it necessary to join the service and sign all the contracts and privacy policies before using Gajim for those other chat platforms?
I did find some discussion of XMPP with respect to Wire, where a few people discussed whether Wire should allow a federated connection. That is interesting, and that is here: Implement XMPP federation · Issue #631 · wireapp/wire-server · GitHub
Here is the list of other XMPP clients that work with MacOS, Android, or iOS. Asterisks were recommended online somewhere for privacy or other reason.
SiskinIM by Tigase, Inc
Jitsi (Apple app)
BOTH MACos & iOS
Monal IM *
Beagle IM (from Siskin IM) *
Bruno the Jabber
StorkIM (fork of Siskin) *
blabber.IM * (better UI than conversations)
Jitsi (Google store)
??? - These may not be XMPP