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.
If you ask a question, please wait for someone to answer (may be hours; if no one is around, you can also leave a message at the help desk ).
There is also a recent changes notifier bot in #wikifur-edits. - not currently working
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.
- For logged-in users: WikiFur has a web-based IRC client (if you're not logged in, or it doesn't work, use the next one)
- 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.
- HexChat for Windows or Unix-type systms, or the Shareware version of X-Chat for Windows XChat-WDK.
- HydraIRC - A free (in beer) newcomer to the Windows IRC client scene.
- WinIRC (Windows 8/8.1 And 10+ Only) - a free, lightweight IRC App 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. But not in the very latest version of OSX
- Colloquy is stable and has many features like tabbed windows, buddy list, etc.
- Adium, based on libpurple, now supports IRC with multiple channels and servers.
- IRCLe (shareware) was scriptable with AppleScript, can support multiple channels and servers, and up to ten distinct connections at once. However it is no longer available as of 2018.
- ChatZilla is an extension for the Mozilla Firefox web browser - but only for versions up to Firefox 56 (including the last ESR for Windows XP/Vista).
- 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 HexChat provides a free Windows build.
- Babbel - small and easy to use with good functionality. Supports Mac OS X (10.2 and up recommended) and Windows (XP/Vista/7).
- 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
- optionally, Freenode supports TLS at port 6697.
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.