The Ares Galaxy Chat Site

Ares Galaxy began as a file sharing and chat network. Spun off the Gnutella network in 2002 it’s based on a decentralized supernode/leaf network. The original Ares Galaxy software is available for free from Sourceforge: https://sourceforge.net/projects/aresgalaxy/ However as filesharing has lost popularity, Ares Galaxy as become more of a p2p chatroom network and a few chat/server clients have been produced by devoted fans, the most popular of which is the sb0t and cb0t combination. sb0t being the chat server and cb0t being the chat client. cb0t has no file sharing capabilities but works as a music player which plays songs and lists them in the chatroom with the appropriate script. cb0t and sb0t are available here: https://github.com/AresChat. These programs are now maintained by a genius programmer, Ares veteran, Hollow87.

A Study of Online Communities

MISSION STATEMENT: To provide insight into the phenomenon of online communities such as Ares, such as understanding how anonymity of individuals makes a well-functioning community difficult to achieve and how it differs from real-world societies/relationships.

One day I stumbled upon a virtual community called Ares. I never visited a “chatroom” before, except some hacker IRC rooms many years ago. One day I read some blog where something called Ares was mentioned. I thought I would try it. I found it carried thousands of chatrooms.

At first I didn’t appreciate the significance of it but eventually I realized that many people are actually living their lives in front of a computer screen, interacting with dozens of people in real time, making friendships, loving, hating and fighting, and experiencing all the same types of emotions experienced in real life but at a much faster pace than ever possible before… These were actually virtual towns with “regular” citizens! Each room has a different character, style and mood. Some rooms are very busy with dozens of “roomies” and random visitors constantly entering, and some are very quiet with a small “base” of regular users “regs”. The rooms also have a social order. The hosts/co-hosts, and different levels of administrators with some having more power than others, and of course the regs and visitors which have no control over the room. Control means the ability to “muzzle”, “kill” and “ban”. So usually there is no “free speech”. You are bound by the rules of the room which are usually posted when you enter, and the attitude/mood of the admins/hosts. Unless you are an admin or host you have to watch what you say. Room hosts/admins know each other so you can create a bad reputation for yourself in many rooms if a few people don’t like you. Some admins have that status in many rooms. Many have spent several years on ares, so they are highly dedicated to their “job.”