While K6ka's Wiki does not operate an IRC (Internet Relay Chat) channel per se, k6ka does operate three personal IRC channels on three different networks. These channels allow for real-time communication over the Internet with other users. The channels are free to use, open to the public, and are suitable for almost all discussion topics, so long as it is not overly inappropriate.
If you're new to IRC, please see our Getting started page.
Joining the channels
K6ka operates three IRC channels on three different IRC networks. They are technically separate from each other and are run on different servers. To connect to these channels, you will need an IRC client. IRC is not part of the HTTP protocol, so by default your web browser can't connect to IRC on its own. You can choose to download and install the listed clients below, or you can use the "webchat" IRC clients that run in your web browser listed under the appropriate section below.
There are many different IRC clients out there, and while we can't speak for all clients, the following clients have been tried and shown to work:
- Chatzilla - a free IRC client for Firefox.
- mIRC - a client for Windows which isn't free but there is a 30 day free trial and you can purchase it if you wish.
- HexChat - a free version of XChat for Windows.
- Colloquy - an IRC client for Mac OS X.
- Rooms - an IRC client for iOS which is not free.
- AndChat - a free IRC client for Android OS.
The oldest and largest channel operated by k6ka is located at
irc.freenode.net. It is hosted on the freenode network, the largest IRC network so far. If you have an IRC client, click here to join ##k6ka. If you do not wish to install an IRC client, you can use the webchat, which runs right in your web browser.
k6ka also operates a channel on the smaller ChatLounge network, registered as
irc.chatlounge.net. If you have an IRC client, click here to join #k6ka. If you do not wish to install an IRC client, you can use the webchat, which runs right in your web browser.
Finally, there is a channel on the Filipino IRC network FreshChat, registered as
irc.freshchat.org. If you have an IRC client, click here to join #k6ka. If you do not wish to install an IRC client, you can use the webchat, which runs right in your web browser.
IRC supports the use of robots, also known simply as "bots". These are computer programs that are able to perform a wide variety of tasks on the IRC channel, either on command or automatically. Note that bots are not humans and will not act outside of their code.
As each channel is separate, each channel has its own list of bots. If you would like to bring your own bot(s) into the channel, please contact k6ka on IRC first. New bots are always welcome, but they should be approved first. Unapproved bots may be quieted or removed.
- ChanServ is freenode's channel services bot. It manages the registration of the channel on the network and controls access to the channel. ChanServ will never see channel messages; for help, please use the /msg ChanServ help command.
- piaget2 is a bot that runs on the Sopel bot framework. A list of commands can be requested by typing &help in the channel. Controlled by
- wm-bot is a bot used in several Wikimedia channels. It generates a statistics page for the channel, among other tasks. It reports on recent edits made to a select few pages of k6ka's interest on the English Wikipedia and on Meta Wiki. Information about the bot can be found at m:wm-bot. The bot's access to ##k6ka is controlled by
k6ka, while the bot as a whole is operated by various users.
- ChanServ is ChatLounge's channel services bot. It manages the registration of the channel on the network and controls access to the channel. ChanServ will never see channel messages; for help, please use the /msg ChanServ help command.
- Alice is a bot that looks up URLs pasted on the channel. It will report on the title of the webpage the URL points to, as well as the domain name. It also recognizes a number of other commands; type %list to view a list of them. Controlled by
- Hel is an anti-spam bot. It has IRC operator privileges on the network, meaning it can forcefully disconnect and ban users from the entire network. Controlled by
- Margo is a mysterious bot whose functions are largely unknown. We're still waiting for its owner to tell us more about her. Controlled by
- FreshChat is a bot that's part of the IRC services on the FreshChat IRC network. It is the visible handle for ChanServ in the channel. For help, please use the /msg ChanServ help command. If you would like to bring FreshChat into your own channel on the network, see /msg BotServ help.
IRC in relation to K6ka's Wiki
The IRC channels are considered to be entirely separate from K6ka's Wiki and encompass a larger range of users, many of whom may not use K6ka's Wiki. Please keep this in mind.