IRC

Internet Relay Chat, commonly abbreviated to IRC, is the name given to a chat room. WordPress uses IRC to allow for quick, real-time discussions.

Background Background

A lot of people may think “old-school” when you mention IRC to them. This way of communicating online first came to popularity in the late eighties, and got pushed under the radar for a little while with the emergence of social networks, Skype etc.

IRC has seen a resurgence in popularity in the last few years, especially among developer and FOSS (Free and Open-Source Software) communities.

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Why IRC? Why IRC?

It allows for real-time, open chat that anyone can participate in or view.

There’s a “free-for-all” approach taken in IRC sessions:

  • There is no pressure for anyone to actually take part in a chat – it’s fine for users to just view the chat or “lurk” if they wish to.
  • Two or more conversations may happen at any one time, often conversations overlap in the chat window.
  • Users may jump in and out of any conversation as they wish.

It’s this open/free approach to discussion that has made IRC popular in FOSS communities – including WordPress.

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Connecting to Freenode Connecting to Freenode

WordPress uses Freenode, an IRC network dedicated to FOSS communities. To connect with Freenode, you will need to either download an IRC client, or use a web chat client-

Te choice of which IRC Client to pick heavily relies on which platform you are on (Windows, Mac etc), and there are too many option to list, but the most widespread ones are mIRC for Windows, irssi for linux and Colloquy for Mac OSX. There are many others of course, and it helps to shop around for the client that best suits you.

Alternatively, you can use Freenode’s web chat: http://webchat.freenode.net/. This requires an ajax-compatible browser.

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Getting support on IRC Getting support on IRC

#WordPress is the go-to IRC channel for WordPress users looking to give or receive WordPress-related support. It’s relatively fast-paced and you’ll often find a lot of people on hand to help out here.

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Further Reading from the Codex: Further Reading from the Codex:

IRC: https://codex.wordpress.org/IRC
The #WordPress channel: https://codex.wordpress.org/WordPress_IRC_Live_Help
Channel guidelines: https://codex.wordpress.org/IRC/Channel_Guidelines
IRC logs: https://irclogs.wordpress.org/