WikiFur's IRC channel (chat room) serves as a place for general furry chit-chat (though you may find more people on Anthrochat or FurNet), as well as a method of quickly notifying curators of vandalism in progress, or a convenient way to ask questions. There is also a recent changes notifier bot in #wikifur-edits.
Members of the channel may be away from their keyboards or not looking at the channel at any particular moment. If you ask a question, please wait a reasonable time (for someone to answer it).
How to join
You can jump right into the chat on your web browser, or install a specialized chat program called an IRC client. These are available for a variety of platforms.
- WikiFur has a Java IRC client that goes straight to #wikifur
- Freenode has a web chat client that lets you join the chat room from a normal web page.
- Your web browser may be preconfigured to open IRC links in an IRC client; try clicking this link
- (If that didn't work, Firefox users will want to install the ChatZilla extension.)
- mIRC is the classic Windows IRC client. Main drawbacks of mIRC are the fact that it's not free and that the configuration options are waaay more extensive than a lot of users are used to.
- Trillian handles IRC. It's a little complicated to set up, but if you don't want to use the very easy CGI:IRC linked by Angela, then Trillian is a handy program to have anyway for the other things it does.
- Miranda IM - a multi-client, like Trillian, but rather minimalist and open source.
- HydraIRC - A free newcomer to the Windows IRC client scene.
- XChat-WDK - Free XChat for Windows.
- Irssi is a CLI client that's plain, simple, and very extensible with scripts. The learning curve is a little steep, but once you learn to use it, it's very intuitive.
- Finch is the command line version of Pidgin, listed below. Trust me, you don't want to use this one.
- WeeChat is another CLI client. Simple, highly extensible with perl, python, tcl, etc.
- LimeChat is a basic IRC client that is free.
- Snak handles IRC rather nicely, and is one of the few Mac-only clients that still work flawlessly.
- Colloquy is stable and has many features like tabbed windows, buddy list, etc.
- IRCLe (shareware) is scriptable with AppleScript, can support multiple channels and servers, and up to ten distinct connections at once.
- Adium, based on libpurple, now supports IRC with multiple channels and servers.
- ChatZilla is an extension for the Mozilla Firefox web browser.
- Pidgin is a multi-client available for Windows, and most Unix systems.
- JWChat - had some script errors in Firefox, but clicked "Stop script" and it worked fine after that.
- KVIrc - Free, portable IRC client available on Mac, Linux, and Windows.
- X-Chat is perhaps the most well-known IRC client for Linux, included into nearly every distribution, which has recently grown in popularity on Windows as well. Note that the official Windows version (as opposed to Linux) is shareware, but unofficial free Windows builds are available, for example, here.
- Babbel - small and easy to use with good functionality
- Quassel is included with Kubuntu 9.04. Probably works with Windows and Mac OS X too - be sure to download both the "client" and the "core".
Of course, Wikipedia has a list of IRC clients that might be more complete, or not...
To log in, you need to configure your client. After you log in, it is rather straightforward. The parameters are:
- Server: chat.freenode.net
- Channel: #wikifur
Most IRC clients, such as mIRC, Miranda, Trillian, and X-Chat, have "Freenode" in the default network list, you only need to select it. After you are connected to the server, type /join #wikifur in the reply box and press Enter.