Guide to joining us on Matrix

Most of Academic Agency’s community is located on Scylding’s Matrix server, chiefly among them being Shallow Lore for general talk & Unpopular Academy for more academic talk. We do have outposts in other places such as Discord and Telegram and we’re planning to expand even more of what we’re doing to other platforms however here is a guide to joining us on Matrix:

What you need before you start:

  • A desktop browser or desktop element client.
  • A place to store your security key(used for decrypting messages on encrypted rooms).

The desktop client is simply for setting up, after you’ve joined the communities the mobile client works just fine. Creating a new account is straightforward, one-time process, and gives you access to the community. To start, open up the Desktop Client/element.scyldings.com. Element is a popular app for chatting on a Matrix server.

  1. Visit element.scyldings.com in a desktop or laptop browser, or using the element desktop client.
  2. Create an account, or you can sign in from a different homeserver if you wish to use a different matrix homeserver.
  3. When given your security passphrase, make sure to save it in a safe place. You will need this to sign in and read encrypted messages.
  4. (optional) You can now sign in using mobile app clients, such as Element or SchildiChat. If you created your account on scyldings, enter matrix.scyldings.com for your homeserver.

 

If you’re setting up your mobile/desktop client you will need to use the address “scyldings.com”, or alternatively “matrix.scyldings.com as the Home-server and likewise if you’re having any trouble with the browser version, you may want to double-check that the home-server is setup correctly.

Sign up as you would on any other service and look for the small compass next to the search bar. Click it and many recognizable communities will pop up.

Upon logging in, a small guide will help you get your hands on your securities so that you can decrypt any messages in encrypted spaces, save the keys in a safe location or you rish losing your messages.

That should be all! It takes a bit to get used to Matrix but it’s a fantastic platform once you get to know it.