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Websockets and stuff

A NodeJS Websocket application
Written by Maxwell Pelic,

I recently started learning how to create Websockets with NodeJS, and I’ve been experimenting with an anonymous web chat app. After a lot of debugging and trying to get it published, I finally have at up and running at

How does it work?

I set up a free account on heroku, and created a Node.js file that runs a websocket and serves the static files.

It’s a user-moderated web chat, where each user is assigned a base16 string of characters based on their IP address and browser. The can post messages in the chat, but users also have the option to create a “ban request”, and if enough ban requests are submitted, the user is banned and cannot send any more messages. To keep users from banning everyone, they can also submit an “allow request”, and after enough of those the user is allowed to chat again.

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