Star Trek Online has a pretty robust Global Channel System. Anyone can create a new global channel at any time, and for any purpose. A few of these channels have grown in size and popularity to be the best channels in the game, or at the very least, the most populated. This page will keep a list of public and popular channels, help and advice channels, etc. Please do not add Fleet or Alliance channels. Channels used as personal playgrounds or personality cults are prohibited as well. Channels with abusive moderation will be removed as well.
Right click on any Chat Tab in the chat window to bring up the Chat Configuration Window. Click on the Channels Tab and enter the name of the channel you wish to join (or create) in the Join/Create window. Then click Join. Alternatively, you can type "/channel_join ChannelName" where ChannelName is the channel.
The maximum number of channels you may be subscribed to is twenty.
STOWiki has an official Global Chat Channel. You may use it to discuss articles, ask guideline questions or simply hang out with your fellow co-authors while playing the game. Simply follow the instructions above and join STOWiki.
The following is a selection of global chat channels that are both open to the public and have at least 100 subscribers:
|20player||Created in 2015 this channel is searching for ways to bring life to old queues. Members have a non-elitest mentality, specializing in (but not limited to) 20player queues. It is more active on weekends with members from many different time zones. A place to come together and pop those old queues, and have fun doing it. Lurkers are welcome:)||432||Community PvE|
|Accolades||The Accolades Channel exists to bring together those players who enjoy collecting every accolade in the game. A secondary mission of the channel is to help put together experienced players for Fleet Action's, STF's, Red Alerts, Re-Mastered Mission runs and more.||2032||Accolades|
|Club Noob||A Trading channel with a little more to it. Buy, sell, trade, community chat, loan, advice, ship builds, pvp chat, pawns.||1231||Community|
|DOFFJobs||The DOFFJOBS Channel was developed to help captains with the Duty Officer content. The primary function of the channel was to coordinate efforts in finding DOff Missions, but due to its unmoderated nature it is now a place for DOffing advice and chatter.||8434||Community|
|DPS-Public||A channel for those who want to increase their DPS and join the 10k, 30k, 50k, and 75k channels. Build help and questions welcome.||597||Community PVE|
|FEDdefera||Used to find FED teams for Defera Invasion Zone||1167||Teaming|
|FedSim||This channel was created to organize Colony Invasion Simulations for Federation allied players. If you want to participate in a Fed Colony Invasion Simulation this is the place to go.||962||Community PvE|
|GER STO||Unofficial STO global chat channel for German speaking people. Smaller alternative to 'STOGERMAN'.||445||Foreign Community|
|Global||Global chat channel||2388||Chat|
|KDFassistance||The KDF Assistance channel helps out Klingon players who may have a more difficult time getting the people needed to run missions like Special Task Forces.||487||Klingon|
|KDFdefera||Used to find KDF teams for Defera Invasion Zone||1539||Teaming|
|KDFSim||This channel was created to organize Colony Invasion Simulations for KDF allied players. If you want to participate in a KDF Colony Invasion Simulation this is the place to go.||530||Community PvE|
|KPR||This is the official global channel for Kirtang Pirate Radio, an internet radio station which broadcasts to the Star Trek Online community.||349||Fan|
|MotzChannel||Unofficial STO global chat channel for German speaking people. For PVE/STF/PVP and any help you need in STO.||706||Foreign Community|
|STO-RU||Unofficial STO global chat channel for all Russian speaking people. Ask PVE,STF,PVP and any other help oe advice you may need in STO.||713||Foreign Community|
|NoP Public Service||The NoP Public Service Channel is a hub for free high tier Fleet Holding invites - trying to sell access is a bannable offense.||13055||Community|
|OrganizedPvP||Organize matches and discuss PvP strategy.||760||Community PvP|
|PartyTime||The PartyTime channel is specifically for social gatherings and trivia events on any shard where Captains are not participating in missions.||657||Community|
|PriorityOne||The PriorityOne channel is the in game communication channel for the Priority One STO Podcast team, listeners and hosts. Meet people, share ideas, discuss the show and have fun!||882||Fan|
|REDALERT||The REDALERT channel is specifically for discussion on all Event content on the Live Server (Holodeck). Players can alert others to event times in this channel, provide and/or receive mission info, find a team or just chat in general about events.||9653||Community|
|RedditChat||If you're a redditor and an STO player, this is home. Offers build advice, friendly chat, LFG, friends, fleets, and about anything you could want.||9751||Community|
|Sigma||Global channel of the german roleplay community.||259||Roleplay|
|Simulation||This channel was created to organize Colony Invasion Simulations for Federation and KDF players. If you want to participate in a Colony Invasion Simulation this is the place to go.||2315||Community PvE|
|SSR||This is the official global channel for Subspace Radio, an internet radio station which broadcasts to the Star Trek Online community.||2043||Fan|
|STOFR||Unofficial French community channel.||4988||Foreign Chat|
|STOGerman||Unofficial German community channel.||16406||Foreign Chat|
|STORP.ORG||STORP.ORG's Global Channel. Chat and collaborate with other roleplayers, or ask for advice and tips on any aspect.||1278||Roleplay|
|STOWiki||STOWiki's very own official Global Channel. Chat and collaborate with other authors, or ask for advice and tips on editing.||245||Fan|
|The Science Channel||Channel for players who like flying science vessels or otherwise utilizing builds leaning heavily towards science.||380||Community|
|TheTradingChannel||Need a specific doff? Or perhaps want to barter for a Zahl? This channel is designed to make deals and negotiate prices to suit your trading needs. Please remember to shop wisely!
Channel Rules: WTS/WTT/WTB must be followed by a price. Be respectful of other players. All deals must be better then exchange prices. No Starbase access, entire Fleets, or in-game Code selling. 
|TrekRadio.net||This is the official global channel for Trek Radio.net, an internet radio station which broadcasts to the Star Trek and Star Trek Online communities.||947||Fan|
|TTS||The Tribble Test Server Channel. This unmoderated channel is one of the first global channels ever made, it's primary purpose is to discuss the latest Tribble build and bugs. Game developers are occasional visitors and this is a great place to find them and ask them questions directly. If you need advice on how to play the game, you'll find all kinds here.||3231||Testing|
|Zens Trading Den||A trading channel created for those who like to trade big and small, also is leniant towards chatting within the channel; in fact, it's encouraged, they like to talk about various ship builds and offer any help or ideas they can.||249||Community|
- Note that now Perfect World accounts will be mandatory, players report that merging accounts has no impact on their XMPP access. Past issues seem to be resolved, however it should be noted that Silver Accounts do not have access to this service and will receive an error when trying to connect from outside the game.
- Note that Pidgin only works for gold members.
Since May 2010, the use of XMPP chat made it possible to chat to users in global channels (but not local or zone) or to send private messages to users on your friends list. This can be set up on a chat client program, such as Pidgin with the following directions taken:
- Start the Pidgin client
- Click on Accounts > Manage Accounts
- Click the Add... button
- On the Add Account dialog fill out the following:
- Protocol: XMPP
- Username: <Account Name> (the login name used for Holodeck/Live server)
- if your Account Name is an email address, substitute the '@' for a '\40' (e.g. name\40name.com)
- Domain: CrypticSpace.com
- Resource: <Anything> Name appearing in front of @handle, when chatting from Pidgin
- Password: <Your Account Password>
- Remember Password: <Check mark> (if desired)
- Click Add
NOTE: For those who joined the game after the Cryptic/Perfect World account name merge, your PWE account name (your email address) will not work in XMPP. You will need your Cryptic user id, which can be found by logging into the game, then selecting Logout from the menu. The string of numbers and pound signs that the client fills in for your username on the following login screen will work in XMPP.
Once the client is set up, a Buddy List can be accessed. To add global channels to it, do the following:
- Click on Buddies, Join a Chat...
- On the Join a Chat dialog add the following:
- Account: <Your XMPP account>
- Room: <Name of room to join/create> (Replace any spaces with the \20 - IE: "My Room" becomes "My\20Room")
- Server: channels.crypticspace.com
- Handle: <for private rooms>
- Password: <for private rooms>
- Click Join!
Now your in-game fleet channels can be added in the following way:
- Click on Buddies, Join a Chat...
- Server: guilds.crypticspace.com
- Click "Room List" button
- On "Enter a Conference Server" list: guilds.crypticspace.com, then press "Find Rooms"
- In Room List window, click your fleet (format is holodeck!Fleet\20Name\20Here), and "Add Chat" (The \20 represents a space)
- The Alias is how it will appear in your buddy list and Group will be which category its in