Joining in on the Conversation: IRC

One of the quickest and easiest ways to get help and/or feedback on an open source project is through Internet Relay Chat. When you join a chat in IRC you can talk directly to project developers and get a problem fixed very fast. On the negative side, because IRC is real time, there is a greater chance of running into trolls and harassment, so finding a good channel with active moderators becomes important.

To quickly try out IRC, you can use this web client. Be warned that people might be busy and take a while to respond. Make sure to stay and 'lurk'.

Official hours

We have set a weekly time frame, during which community members are guaranteed to be available:

Saturday, 12 noon - 2 p.m. [Central Time][time]

However, feel free to join at any other time.

Getting started with IRC

Getting connected to IRC is just a matter of installing a client, picking a name, connecting to a server, and joining a channel. It's a good idea to register your nick name so you can always use the same one.

  1. In Arch Linux you can install an IRC client like xchat via pacman: bash sudo pacman -S xchat
  2. After you open your client choose a nickname. Some IRC clients also offer to let you set alternative names in case the one you pick is already taken.
  3. After you have a name, connect to the Freenode IRC chat server. Freenode is mainly used by FOSS projects for software support and organizing. To connect to the Freenode server You can enter /connect in the text feild of your client, or by using the GUI of your choosen IRC client.
  4. After connecting to the server, register your nick /msg nickserv register <password> <email>
  5. To connect to a channel such as Arch Women type /join #archlinux-women
  6. To get a list of current channel operators, do /msg chanserv access #archlinux-women list

Related IRC channels

Freenode (

#archlinux #ubuntu-women #apachewomen #drupalchix #glofs (glorious ladies of free software)

Linux Chix (

#linuxchix #owoot (oceania women of tech)