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Internet Relay Chat (IRC) is a protocol for real-time Internet text messaging (chat) or synchronous conferencing. It is mainly designed for group communication in discussion forums, called channels, but also allows one-to-one communication via private message as well as chat and data transfer, including file sharing.

There is a guide for Setup pidgin with irc.

Introduction

The official Foresight Linux IRC channel is #Foresight on the Freenode network.

There are also a number of other channels dedicated to Foresight Linux maintained by community members. See IRC Channels for a listing.

Usage

To join the channels, you need an irc client. Wikipedia has a list of irc clients. The following commands can be used inside your IRC client to connect to a server and join a channel:

/connect irc.freenode.net
/join #foresight


#foresight - The official support channel

This is the main channel. The central topic for the channel is support and general discussion about Foresight Linux.

Use the following commands for help getting all set up with NickServ:

/query nickserv help register
/query nickserv help identify


#foresight-devel - The official development channel

This is the development channel. The central topic for the channel is development and discussion about Foresight Linux.


#foresight guidelines

The main language of the channel is English. If you need help in another language, see the link above regarding other Foresight Linux channels. You can also do /query alis list #foresight*.

The channel topic often contains useful and/or important information. It is good practice to read it from time to time. You can use /topic to read it if your client does not display it.

Do not start flamewars, also avoid the "20 lines of 'foo > bar'" discussions.

Do not feed the trolls, if someone is trolling and/or baiting, then ignore them. Also feel free to notify a channel operator.

Spamming the channel is Bad (with a capital B). Use a pastebin if you have to paste something long (more than 3 lines). Pastebin and Dpaste are two popular ones within the Foresight community.

Chromium extension/plugin for Pastebin is available.

Do not ask to ask, if anyone is alive or if anyone uses something, just state your question.


Ask for help, do not demand it, if nobody replies, wait for a few minutes before you restate your question. Most questions get answered by 'just another user', just like you. Even the developers that frequent the channel do so on their own time, by their own accord, by their own free will.

Do not be shy, feel free to help others, 'everyone' has something to contribute. The channel is a community effort to provide support, and depends on volunteers.

When asking for help, always reply to people that ask you for more information, if you do not know the answer then say so.

Set a good example; be what you want other people to be. If you act like a moron, then people will respond to you as if you were one. The behavior of those already in the channel is also a big influence on those new to the channel. If you want the channel to be a friendly place, then be friendly to others.