Chat link

21 May 2008 - 2:09pm
8 years ago
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Jeff Garbers

At the risk of reopening the Twitter vs. IRC discussion, I'd like to
mention that Jeff Howard has been kind enough to set up a link to the
IxDA chat channel:

This link currently redirects to our #ixda channel on Freenode, but in
the future it might go somewhere else. The point is that if you want
to chat with other IxDA members in real time, that's the place to go.
Please consider including that link in Tweets or emails to the list as
an indication that you'd like to chat about your topic.



22 May 2008 - 7:08am
Jeff Garbers

On May 22, 2008, at 2:05 AM, Lucy Buykx wrote:
> Jeff Garbers wrote:
>> This link currently redirects to our #ixda channel on Freenode,
> Am I missing something ? When I click the link it goes to a blank
> page.

You're probably missing an IRC client. This Web address redirects to a
different protocol -- irc:// -- which needs its own handler; most
browsers don't handle it natively. It's odd that you got a blank page,
though. I'd have expected you to get an error along the lines of
"protocol not supported".

Given the potential for confusion on this, I wonder if it might be
better to have land on a page that contained a little
explanation, including links to IRC clients and a prominent link that
would take you to the chat room once your client was installed. Jeff
Howard, if you're listening in, I'll be glad to compose a page like
that and pass it along - if you like that idea, please email me off-

If you're using Firefox, I encourage you to install the Chatzilla
extension ( ) which
will let you access the IRC channel. Otherwise, if you're on a Mac,
try Colloquy ( I don't know what IRC software
to recommend for Windows - perhaps someone else can offer a suggestion?

If you'd like to check out the channel, but don't want to install any
software at all, you could try a Web-based IRC client like Mibbit (
). Select the server "" (it's way down in the list under
"Techies") and the channel is "#ixda". The downside here is that as
far as I know, there's no way to get Mibbit to be able to handle the link directly, as it's currently configured.

Good luck - email me directly if I can offer any more help!

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