Today, we venture into the wonderful world of chatting, without animated smilies. 😆
Many of the same commands and keys are used between Pidgin and finch, but you might want to look at the finch help pages if navigation between “windows” seems strange.
I regularly use Pidgin but I also use the pidgin-encryption plugin, and there doesn’t seem to be an equivalent for finch.
Either way, if you’re comfortable chatting in Pidgin without specific plugins, you can probably just use an existing .purple folder and it will work with finch. I tried. 😉
I’m torn between this and centerim at times, but until one or the other can encrypt chat messages, I’ll have to stick to the graphical version.