IRC stands for Internet Relay Chat. It's a protocol for chatting on the internet that's fairly popular. The most excellent #daviswiki channel is located on the "freenode" IRC network. You can also access the chat room if you have Java by following this link.
Some are of the opinion that it should also have a bot, but nobody could come up with a use for it. Until then see IRC/Tips. The channel was registered with the ChanServ on March 24 03:17:29 2005 by JabberWokky.
To use IRC, you can use the popular mIRC software for Windows. For OSX you can use Colloquy or Fire software. Trillian and Fire additionally support AIM, ICQ, MSN, and Yahoo messenger. You can also download the multiplatform IRC client Xchat (or other client of your choice), connect to irc.freenode.net, and join #daviswiki. If you'd prefer, you can use the IRC client on a shell server such as isun.ucdavis.edu or wheel.dcn.davis.ca.us to connect if you have an account. This is especially useful when combined with GNU Screen, allowing the user to idle in the channel all the time.
The first entirely unofficial IRC Meetup was held on the uncommon Border's Corporate Center Commons during Free Cone Day.
IRC is not like Yahoo Chat or AOL Messenger — it's a bit more technical. If you are a newbie to Internet Relay Chat, you'll need to be familiar with IRC's many commands. For more information, check out this resource.
Here is an example of what an IRC chat looks like:
23:20 <PreLOW> Wow, amazing 23:22 <PreLOW> I knew you guys had no lives, but my knees are quaking at this 23:23 <PreLOW> you spend all day editing the wiki, then you get on IRC and chat about it... 23:23 <PreLOW> good lord! 23:23 <PreLOW> peace! 23:23 -!- PreLOW has quit [Client Quit] 23:30 <jraller> Too bad you didn't stick around... 23:41 <therealjess> yeah, he could have seen 24 hours go by without anyone saying anything! 23:41 <JabberWokky> That's gotta be put on the wiki.
- Yeah, I should probably make more effort to idle.
- StevenDaubert has stopped by on occasion
- EdHenn doesn't feel like a regular yet but has joined
- lar1 is sometimes around
- update notifier
- magic 8-ball
- Note that a bot was created, but I couldn't really see anything to do with it. If we got people coming in asking questions, a faq server would make sense, but they don't. I set up an update notifier in #daviswikitest, and it spammed the channel. Other uses are toys. — jw
2007-07-09 05:56:59 Lawl, I just joined the #DW for the first time, GFG —StevenDaubert
2010-01-30 17:04:27 I get disconnected when I try to use the link at the top of the page. It logs in, then instantly, it goes back to the username selection with a big red "Terminated". Tried both Chrome and Firefox, and I'm not about to use IE! Any tips? Or should I just get ChatZilla set back up? —TomGarberson
2010-01-30 20:52:26 iirc freenode has been spammed hard recently, may have something to do with it —StevenDaubert
No apparently it's something that just needs to cook with the wok to fix —StevenDaubert
2010-01-30 21:02:14 Well, it does seem that freenode is not available on mibbit at the moment. So using another irc client of your choice is probably better. —NickSchmalenberger
- You know, freenode just did a massive network upgrade in the last 24 hours. It may *well* be a temporary thing, as they warned people not to use a whole number of servers that were being phased out. -jw
- It's still doing it now. I'll check again sometime later. And I'll just dig up chatzilla. -tg