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What is IRC

IRC is an abbreviation for Internet Relay Chat and is the primary discussion forum for the indiewebcamp community, in particular the #indiewebcamp channel on the server.

People on IRC

Main article: IRC-people

See our list of IRC regulars and their normal timezones.

The channel has regular admins, who are also wiki admins. If you want to get their attention, just say "adminhelp".


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Full IRC Logs

If the logs have stopped logging or have any other problems, notify aaronpk on the IRC channel.

Logs on Your iPhone Home Screen

To add the IRC logs to your iPhone home screen, visit the page below on your phone:

Follow the link on that page. Then, from Safari, add that page to your home screen.

IRC Log Atom Feed

An experimental atom feed is available for the IRC logs. This feed delivers the last full day's log to your feed reader.

Please report any feed issues to

Install an IRC app

You can use an IRC application for more convenience. Here are clients commonly used in the community which you can download and install:

Linux or Windows:



Set up your client application to join:

IRC applications are convenient for automatically reconnecting you to the discussion channel, with your chosen nickname, and offer more configuration and alerting options than the web interface.

Freenode Services

The indiewebcamp IRC channel is hosted on the server. See Joining a server and channel for info about configuring additional services (authenticated nicknames, etc.).


Anecdotally the channel seems quite active:

  • 08:00-10:00 Pacific Time (-0800/-0700)
    • 16:00-18:00 UK Time (+0000/+0100)
    • 17:00-19:00 EU Time (+0100/+0200)

Bots on IRC

The IRC channel uses this bot:

  • Loqi - Contact: aaronpk
    • logs all edits to this wiki
    • logs the irc channel itself to archives on the web
    • logs Twitter mentions of #indieweb or #indiewebcamp to the channel
    • logs webmentions of wiki pages

Getting started with IRC

Please note: These directions relate specifically to the services that Freenode offers. Other IRC servers may differ with the services they offer and how to operate them.

Joining a server and channel

Most clients will offer you a connection dialogue showing the required fields for connection. The details to connect to the server are:

  • Server:
  • Port: 6667 (usually default)

You should also fill in any fields to set your alias, real name and email address. If available, save these settings for later to speed up connecting in future.

More on setting a password protected alias can be read here.

Once connected, you will most likely be presented with the "MOTD" (message of the day). For the first visit, it is advisable to read this to find out about the server's policies and other important pieces of news and help, otherwise it can be ignored and you can either authenticate your alias or join a channel.

Your client may display to you a listing of all available channels. Locate #indiewebcamp and select to join, or type /join #indiewebcamp into the command line available to you in your client (where you've just been shown your connection).

Assuming you've connected correctly, you should now find youself in the indiewebcamp channel!

More detailed, but general, advice can be read here.

Creating a registered nickname

Registration means that a password becomes associated with your alias/nickname/sign-in name and from the point of registration authorisation is required to communicate using that alias.

Registration of a nickname is required for some channels, and should be done to protect your identity.

To register with Freenode, you must communicate with their service known as NickServ. The two basic command you will need to get started are:

For registration: /msg nickserv register password email

For authentication (login): /msg nickserv identify password

With password being a value of your choice and email being the email a verification command is send to.

The command looks something like /msg NickServ VERIFY REGISTER yournick mbarbwytaspq. Enter this command to verify your email with the nickserv.

Your client may offer you an option to set your alias and password, so that you will not have to manually enter this information on each join. Refer to your client's help files for more on this.

These commands can be typed directly into the server window upon join, or whilst in a channel, just as you would normally send a message.

More detailed user registration command information can be found in Freenode's FAQ


Sending a message to a channel may be as simple as joining the channel and typing into the window, just as you would with an Instant Messenger. You can refer to your client's help files for quicker/alternative methods of doing the following. For all clients the following commands are available (the parts in bold must be used, but are not seen by others):

Sending a message to the entire channel you are currently in:

Command: /msg Hello world!

Result: <Bill> Hello world!

Sending an action/emotive/3rd person statement:

Command: /me dances a code jig

Result: Bill dances a code jig

Sending a message to one person only (private chat):

Command: /msg Bob Hi, would you like to code jig?

Result (for Bob only): <Bill> Hi, would you like to code jig?


The following clients are recommended by #indiewebcamp participants:



  • Yaaic -Open Source, retro look IRC client


  • HexChat — Actively developed fork of X-chat. Windows and Linux binaries available.
  • mIRC — Popular Windows client. Trial version only.
  • AdiIRC — Simple C# based IRC client.
  • Miranda — Lightweight, muti-protocol instant messenger.




  • ZNC — A fully developed IRC bouncer with many add-ons, including colloquy mobile push via apple push notification service. IRC on your phone!
  • irssi-proxy — A light weight bouncer for irssi

Personal domain whois

If you connect to IRC in some fashion so that the reverse dns points to your domain, then it will show up when others /whois you.

E.g. /whois rascul

Here are some possible scenarios:


need to identify via SASL

If you get an error message like:

*** Notice -- You need to identify via SASL to use this server


  • If you're on Colloquy on Mac, there are two possible fixes in increasing difficulty:
  • If you're on Colloquy on iOS, you need to configure the SASL support in the Advanced options.
    • (stub - need more description here about how to find the Advanced options and what to enter, screenshots would be nice)

Scenarios - the above error has been encountered when:

  • Using a Virgin Mobile MiFi to access the internet. (2011-193 Tantek)
  • Using a tethered T-Mobile Internet connection ( 15:47, 14 March 2013 (PDT))

See also

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