Since March 10, 2003 - Version 2

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About the Authors

This website was originally conceived by Mike Mintz. However, the recent addition of Andrew Sayers has brought the site to where it is today.

Mike Mintz

Mike Mintz began writing this documentation in early 2002. He is officially the owner of and this documentation and is responsible for the its layout and PHP backend. Mike and Andrew are both responsible for researching and writing the actual content.

Personal information about Mike Mintz can be found at his personal website, at

Andrew Sayers

Andrew Sayers began developing a new MSN transport for Jabber in late 2002 and met Mike Mintz through Jabber soon thereafter. While experimenting with the protocol, he began contributing new sections and fixes to for the old MSN Messenger documentation, but they realized that it would be necessary to start again from scratch in order to have the most accurate information. Andrew Sayers has written much of the documentation in the new version while continuing to advance his Jabber transport as well as its underlying library, libmsn3.

Andrew Sayers is from England. He probably has a British accent too.

Contacting Us

There are many ways to contact us. Please read the following information before blindly sending someone a private message.

Frequently Asked Questions

Before reporting a problem or asking a question, please read through the FAQ. If nothing on there is pertinent, go ahead and ask your question.

Public Interaction

If you need help, have a new discovery, or just have any kind of comment, you would probably be best off posting at the forum. By posting at the forum, many other users (including the authors of this documentation) will be able to see your post and provide useful responses. Not only that, but the next time someone else has a similar situation, your thread will be an invaluble resource to him or her.

In addition to a threaded forum, we operate a chat room. If you have a quick, simple question, or just want to converse in real time, the chat room would be an ideal solution. You can often find the authors of this documentation in this chat room.

Private Messages

If you have a personal message that should only be seen by the site administrator or one of the authors, please do not post it in a public place such as the forum or the chat room. Please send a message through the "contact me" page at Mike's website. If you would like to send your message to Andrew, you may email him at

About the Website

The first incarnation of this website was written by Mike Mintz in March 2002. It was continually added to and developed upon until March 2003 when work on a totally new version of the documentation commenced. The last version of the old website can be found here. However, be warned that a lot of the information is outdated and inaccurate. Nothing of great importance on the old website is missing from the new version.

The new version was started by Mike Mintz and Andrew Sayers in March 2003 after they realized it would be impracticle to stick to the old layout. There was just too much information to cover. It is written in XHTML 1.0 with Cascading Style Sheets. The backend is a simple template-generating PHP script written by Mike Mintz.

Copyright ©2002-2003 to Mike Mintz.