Internet Relay Chat (IRC) is one of the original means of real time communication on the internet. If you're not familiar with IRC, it's a great way to get to know people, there's often lots of lively and friendly chat, often with technical or organisational discussions going on. We use the well established Freenode network to provide the facilities. Come join us on:
- Server: chat.freenode.net
- Ports: 6667 or 7000 (ssl only)
- Channels: #SoMakeIt and #SoutHACKton
- Webchat: Available here
There are typically upwards of twenty people connected to the channel, but they may not respond to questions or comments. You're not being ignored! These people have probably set up a persistent connection to the channel, and may not even be connected to the internet; that's typically what's going on when people don't respond. But your question or comment will be seen and you should get a response.
These persistent connections mean that whatever you type will be logged by the connected clients. Therefore you should assume that all conversations are being logged by someone, and anything you type can be re-published by anyone else, although this is generally frowned upon and discouraged.
So, jump into the channel, even if it's your first contact with us, we're a friendly bunch and before you know it you'll be visiting the space and getting involved.
See also: smib