I’ve got an IRC channel #pollbludger open at Austnet, so I’d be keen for any of you IRC fans out there to jump on and road test it. The most helpful Davidoff offers the following advice to newcomers in comments:
For anyone unfamiliar with IRC – here are some suggestions on how to get going.
Download an IRC client. The following instructions are for the Pidgin product which is available for most platforms.
In the list of control icons (sound, network, skype, time, etc.) you should see a ‘Pidgin Available’ icon. If you right-button-click on that icon you should see a ‘Accounts’ menu item.
Click on that and then you should have a new dialog box with several options. Of particular interest right now is the ‘Add” button. Click on ‘Add’ (to add a new account). Now you should have a dialog box listing login and user options.
Under the login options enter the following:
Screen name: ‘your-alias-name’
And click on the remember password box to make things easier.
Then click on ‘Save’ and a new window should popup. At the bottom of that window is a dialog entry panel. In that panel you should type ‘/join #pollbludger’ and you will be connected to the #pollpludger IRC channel.
Still investigating other chat hosting options, but for the time being here’s another Meebo room to play around in. Note that troublemakers will be banned without warning. Bearing in mind that there’s a limit of 80 users, please do not remain logged in if you are not participating. You do this by clicking the green circle in the top right. If you want to view this in a more malleable format, go here. If you have any feedback/complaints/technical inquiries, leave a blog comment to ensure I will see it.