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BetaWiki operates an IRC channel for discussion of anything beta-related.

You can join us at #betawiki.

IRC clients

If you want to briefly visit the IRC channel, you can use a web IRC client. Examples of these include:

  • KiwiIRC
  • Mibbit

If you want to hang out more often, you should consider installing a standalone IRC client, like:

  • HexChat
  • mIRC
  • irssi
  • weechat
  • LimeChat


This is a small dictionary of IRC terms.

  • channel is a group of users that chats together. Most commonly, the prefix for IRC channels is #.
  • network is a few IRC servers connected together.
  • services is a software suite that adds features to the base IRC experience by the means of a few IRC bots.
  • operator is a person that manages either a channel or the IRC network. A channel operator is commonly called a chanop; a network operator is commonly called an ircop.
  • mode is a setting that applies either to a nickname or a channel. These do not stay permanently and perish if a username disconnects or the last person leaves a channel. These are managed by the IRC server and togglable by using the /mode command.
  • flags is a setting that applies to a channel registered with ChanServ. These stay until either toggled off or the ChanServ registration expires.


Here are some basic IRC commands you can use while connected.

/join #[channel] joins a specified channel. If it doesn't exist, it is automatically created.

/part #[channel] leaves a specified channel.

/nick [new nick] changes your nick.

/away [message] sets your status as away. The command to unset this status differs between clients, usually it is /back or /away without any parameters.

/whois [nickname] displays information about a given user. This information includes the user's hostname, channels the user is in, whether is the user registered and identified with NickServ, etc.

/quit [message] disconnects you from IRC, optionally leaving a message.

NickServ commands

NickServ is a service, whose main duty is the management of nicknames. It's a part of a bigger cooperating package of IRC services, a part of which is also ChanServ for managing channels. Registering your nickname will make impersonating harder, but not impossible. Registering with NickServ also allows us to be able to set flags on your nickname. Registration is not neccessary but it is very recommended.

/msg NickServ REGISTER [password] [email] registers your nickname with NickServ.

/msg NickServ IDENTIFY [nickname] [password] identifies you with NickServ. The nickname bit is optional if it's the same as your current nickname.

/msg NickServ GROUP "groups" your nickname to your main account. Grouping means registering secondary nicknames to the same primary account.