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Commonly known as IRC. For help, try http://www.irchelp.org. -- SunirShah

One of the first widespread chat protocols (RFC 1459), forming the biggest international chat network today, based on open standards (as opposed to proprietary stuff like AIM, MSN-IM or ICQ). Chat servers are networked together, with distributed traffic. Used today for lightweight chat, customer support, developer collaboration, etc.

http://www.irchelp.org/irchelp/rfc has more technical information.

See also: ChatLectures.



It is interesting to consider some of the [things] that have evolved out of the basic system:


The IRC channel for wikizens is on irc.freenode.net, channel #wiki.

How to use an IRC client:


There are two ChannelBots in #wiki, one being the requisite security bot, and thus ignorable. The other is much more interesting. DeepakGoel wrote wikibot originally for #emacs, but he has gloriously made it run on #wiki as well. It's very sexy, having already learnt all about MeatballWiki. As an example:

    <Sunir> , InternetRelayChat
    <wikibot> InternetRelayChat -- [0] at http://www.usemod.com/cgi-bin/mb.pl?InternetRelayChat

It can also search Google!

    <Sunir> , "pet potato"
    <wikibot> [google]    http://www.ccmuseum.org/KidsPages/potatobug.htm

See EmacsWiki:ErBot for more fun with sexy wikibot.

I love you wikibot!

the lag-monster usually tossed me into the net-split


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