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'.
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.
- In Arch Linux you can install an IRC client like xchat via
bash sudo pacman -S xchat
- 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.
- 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 irc.freenode.net:6667in the text feild of your client, or by using the GUI of your choosen IRC client.
- After connecting to the server, register your nick
/msg nickserv register <password> <email>
- To connect to a channel such as Arch Women type
- To get a list of current channel operators, do
/msg chanserv access #archlinux-women list
Related IRC channels
(glorious ladies of free software)
Linux Chix (irc.linuxchix.org:6668)
#owoot (oceania women of tech)