What is IRC?
IRC or Internet Relay Chat is a multi-user chat system, where people convene on "channels" (like a room, usually with a certain topic of conversation) to talk in groups, or privately.
I am confused about IRC, where can I find help?
Check out the Newsgroups:
An excellent primer on the many and varied uses of IRC is available at http://mirc.com/irc.html
Where do I get an IRC client?
Click on one of the following:
Can I access IRC through my shell account?
Yes. Login to your shell account and type in "irc". Connect to a server and off you go.
Where can I get a list of IRC servers?
A listing of popular IRC networks and servers is maintained at http://irc.netsplit.de/networks/. There is no central, authoritative index of all IRC servers.
Is there a way to chat on the WWW?
Yes, places to chat on the Web. Simply run a query on any major search engine for "web" and "chat" and you'll get plenty of options.
Can I run IRC Bots?
No. Accounts that run bots will be locked immediately.