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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 irc.freenode.net server.
People on IRC
Main article: IRC-people
See our list of IRC regulars and their normal timezones.
The channel has regular administrators, who are also wiki administrators. If you want to get their attention, just say "adminhelp".
Anyone who has added themselves to the IRC-people list and is also registered with Nickserv will be automatically given "voice" (+v) in the #indiewebcamp channel by Loqi as a way to indicate that you have access and are listed in the wiki. This "user mode" is often represented by a + in front of the persons name in many IRC clients.
Note, "voice" has nothing to do with who can/can't talk. Everyone abiding by the Code-Of-Conduct is free to speak their (on topic) mind. Want voice too? Feel free to add yourself to irc-people or ask for help.
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 https://github.com/bcomnes/iwc-log-feed/issues
We have the most awesome IRC logs on the web. That doesn't mean they can't be even more awesome. Got an idea, suggestion, or issue to report about the logs? Create or comment on a GitHub issue:
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.
The indiewebcamp IRC channel is hosted on the freenode.net server. See Joining a server and channel for info about configuring additional services (authenticated nicknames, etc.).
Anecdotally the channel seems quite active:
Bots on IRC
The IRC channel uses this bot:
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:
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
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 authentication (login):
The command looks something like
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
Requiring nickname authentication
You can set an option requiring authentication of your nickname within 30 seconds. If not authenticated in that time, the nickname will automatically be changed.
Once authenticated to Nickserv,
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:
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.
For example, /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
Scenarios - the above error has been encountered when: