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Docs coming soon™[[wikipedia:IRC|IRC]] stands for ''Internet Relay Chat'' and was one of the first instant messaging protocols. Many say it has been superseded by other protocols and platforms but [https://drewdevault.com/2019/07/01/Absence-of-features-in-IRC.html some] make very good arguments for why it's still very useful. Personally, I prefer it to pretty much every IM app or platform I've tried. There are [[Irc privacy|privacy concerns]] but, as long as you take proper precautions, there's really nothing to worry about. Make sure you read the [[{{FULLPAGENAME}}/Privacy|Privacy Policy]] and [[{{FULLPAGENAME}}/Terms of Service|Terms of Service]]. = Connecting =*'''Hostname:''' <code>irc.nixnet.services</code>*'''Ports:''' <code>6697</code> for TLS and <code>6667</code> for non-TLS*If you'd like a [[wikipedia:BNC (software)|bouncer]], I do run [[ZNC]]. The "official" channels are <code>#nixnet</code> and <code>#nixnet-ot</code>. As the names suggest, the first should be used for anything related to [https://nixnet.services NixNet] and the latter for anything off-topic. Rules are few but check the [[{{FULLPAGENAME}}/Terms of Service|Terms of Service]] for specifics. = General =I take a light approach to moderation in general but particularly with IRC. '''Don't''' be "that person" who gives [[wikipedia:IRC operator|opers]] a hard time. In addition, there are currently no network services such as [[wikipedia:NickServ|NickServ]], [[wikipedia:ChanServ|ChanServ]], etc. and it's unlikely that they will be added, however, I am open to convincing. [[wikipedia:Internet Relay Chat#Modes|Channel modes]] are set to <code>+nst</code> by default but can easily be changed. = Clients =If you would like a web client, I host [https://thelounge.chat TheLounge] at [https://irc.nixnet.services irc.nixnet.services] as well as [https://kiwiirc.com KiwiIRC] at [https://chat.secluded.site chat.secluded.site]. The latter is set up for viewers to use when I'm [https://secluded.site/live streaming] but it can join any of NixNet's IRC channels. If you'd like a [[wikipedia:Text-based user interface|TUI]], there are some great clients in the [https://codeberg.org/shellowl/delightful-cli#user-content-instant-messaging delightful-cli] list. I personally use [[wikipedia:WeeChat|WeeChat]]. For graphical client, [[wikipedia:HexChat|HexChat]] is a popular option, as is [[wikipedia:Pidgin (software)|Pidgin]]. = IRC Howto =[[IRC Howto|Finish me]]