Internet Relay Chat (IRC) has been around for a LOOONG time. I have fond memories of logging into IRC (for embarrassing amounts of time) when I first logged onto the internet in 1995. I have been using IRC ever since.
The are many server choices on IRC, but the one I keep finding myself coming back to is Freenode.
"freenode provides discussion facilities for the Free and Open Source Software communities, for not-for-profit organizations and for related communities and organizations."
Seems like a perfect place for a Mura channel.
How do I get onto IRC?
The easiest way to get onto IRC (on Freenode) is to go to the freenode webchat website and use their web client. Go to http://webchat.freenode.net/ and in the provided boxes, enter your preferred nickname, the channel (chatroom) you would like to join, fill out the CAPTCHA (boooo), and connect.
There are TONs of channels on freenode. Don't feel like you should only join the ones I suggest. Here is a list of channels you may be interested in, but there are thousands beyond this list. Note, that some channels do, in fact, have two hash marks while others only have one.
Why IRC?IRC is a nice, old skoool way to talk, in real-time, with a group of like-minded people. Ask questions, have discussions, argue about semantics, whatever. If you want to, you can just lurk int he room and see what others are chatting about and join the conversation at your leisure (or not at all).
Anyway, I hope to see some of you there.