Dumb IRC question
I apologize up front for such a dumb question [img]images/icons/rolleyes.gif[/img]
IRC: what is the high level overview of IRC? I have spent about 30 minutes googling and reading irchelp.org and various other sites. If I am understanding correctly I have to pay to use IRC? Is this right? I looked for a place to create a profile, assign a username/password, etc. but could not find such a form.
I think it is a specialized chat and discussion environment for the development community. I have a feeling there are IRC forums I would really glean valuable information from, but am struggling with signing up.
Thanks in advance, y'all are always so patient with my newbie questions, I so [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img] appreciate it.
Re: Dumb IRC question
IRC, Internet Relay Chat is a communication protocol and most networks using it are usually free. Unlike AIM, yahoo, etc, there are *many* IRC networks. EFNet, DALNet, Undernet are all different chat networks using the IRC protocol and are absolutely free. To get on these chat networks, you will need a client. The most popular client is mirc (www.mirc.com). It is shareware and will ask you to pay. However, there are other free IRC clients (to connect to an IRC server). Additionally, each network as it's own kinda personality and rules. Unlike most other chat services, IRC usually has room operators that can kick you out and ban you and server operators who can ban you from connecting to their server or sometimes from the whole network. Each network has many rooms. In most cases, the rooms are created by the users. You can create any type of room you want about sex, local issues, hobbies, pirated software, mp3's, etc. (unless prohibited by the rules of the network you are using).