#IRC, it's not a hashtag

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IRC #drupal-tn is one of our best kept secrets. It's a great place to ask questions, brainstorm, or just chat. Here is a short guide to get you started if you fall into one of the following categories:

  1. You don't know what irc is
  2. You haven't been on irc since 1990
  3. You didn't know that Tennessee had their own channel
  4. No one ever answers your questions in the "big channels"
  5. The bot scares you

How to join (it's free)
Easiest: Click here: http://webchat.freenode.net/
Nickname: use your drupal groups name
Channels: #drupal-tn

Geekiest: Install an irc client. These are my personal recommendations. Please feel free to comment on what you prefer to use for your operating system.
Linux/Windows/Mac: Hexchat http://hexchat.github.io/downloads.html
Mac: http://limechat.net/mac/
Server: Freenode
Channel: #drupal-tn
Nick: Use your drupal groups nick

Register your nick Not a requirement but recommended if you don't want anyone else to be able to use your nick.
Type in: /msg nickserv register yourpassword youremail@example.com
Make sure to use a real email address as you will be sent an email with additional directions

Common commands
If you registered your nick, you will need to "identify" when you log in
/msg nickserv identify yourpassword

Join a channel, any channel
example: /join #drupal-tn
/join #channelname

Shortcut to type someones name
Type the first letter (or two) then tab key

Make an action statement
example: Steven- laughs
/me laughs

Give someone karma
example: joestewart++
nick++

Druplicon
Druplicon is our beloved bot. Make sure and give him !botdrinks and !botsnacks when you visit the channel.

Leave a message for someone
example: Druplicon tell ultimike to ping me
Druplicon tell nick to ping me

IRC Etiquette
1. It often takes time for someone to be able answer a question. Be patient and don't leave right away.
2. When someone makes an effort to help you, it is polite to give them karma
3. Help others

Send me a message or post here if you have any issues joining. Hope to see you all on irc =)