Welcome to #wikka - the IRC Wikka Lounge

Wikka support

If you come to #wikka for support, just ask your question (the smart way), but please remember that not everyone seemingly "present" in the channel may be actively paying attention: they may be at work or they may be asleep. Ask anyway, or make a suggestion! Don't run away if you don't get an immediate reply, people may be busy or on the phone and get back to you later: give us some time.

When are the Wikka devs online?

Please note that Wikka developers have lives outside of Wikka, and may not always be present at times indicated, or may be online at other times. Also, some of us idle on the channel, so just because you see our nicks doesn't necessary mean we're around. Best way to get our attention is to just send a message with the nick at the start of your line. For example:
brianko: you around?

Tentative online schedule
  • BrianKoontz (freenode nick: brianko) Usually 0200-0600 GMT (8-12 p.m. CDT).

IRC guide

If you need help with using IRC, there's also the IRC Guide (running on Wikka, what else?) and its companion #ircguide channel. (The wiki is still very new, so if you don't find what you need there, try asking in the channel.)

What if I don't do IRC?

If you need help and don't want or don't know how to use IRC, you can subscribe to the Wikka Community mailing list to find support.
An IRC channel is available on Freenode.net for discussing Wikka, support..... and idling.

How to connect to #wikka

  1. Point your favorite IRC client to: irc.freenode.net
    or check the list of freenode servers.
  2. Join the #wikka channel

About Freenode

Freenode is a service of Peer-Directed Projects Center, a non-profit organization. Freenode hosts the Wikka IRC channel, along with hundreds of other channels and is the main IRC infrastructure for opensource development projects.

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IRC Help

See below for:

Getting an IRC client

Security Warning: Some old and unmaintained clients are known for suffering of many threats, eg: some allowing remote access to your computer.
To avoid such problems, prefer well known and maintained clients, like X-Chat wich is available for any UNIX-like and Windows OS

NOTE: The legality of the "shareware" release of X-Chat (which is GPL) is being hotly debated; at least the free distributions are legal. The "SilvereX" distribution seems to be the most used (and I use it myself); it supports plugins, too. More links to free versions here: http://forum.xchat.org/viewtopic.php?t=597 --JavaWoman

Mac OS X
NOTE: Any open source client running under *nix can normally be installed under Mac OS X. See the Fink Project for more info.



What is IRC and getting (more) help

Registering your IRC nickname

Your nick is how people on freenode know you. If you register it, you'll be able to use the same nick over and over. If you don't register, someone else may end up registering the nick you want. So, make sure you register your nickname with NickServ; see the registration instructions. (Make sure you remember the password you choose!) It helps, of course, if your nickname on Freenode.net is the same as your Wikka username, but that is not required. You can only receive left messages (see below) if you have registered your nick.

Here's a very good FAQ about IRC Nicknames: IRC CHAT- Nicknames (dead link)

Leaving messages

The Freenode.net servers also provide a neat and useful service: we can leave messages for each other! That's very useful for a group like us with members around the globe, living and working in different timezones. This service is known as MemoServ.

For starters, make sure you register your nickname with NickServ - see above. In theory, you can leave a message for a channel, but in practice, most people can only leave a message for another person - and you have to know that person's registered nickname; if the intended recipient logs on with a different nickname, (s)he won't see the message.

You will only receive a notification you have a message intended for you (your registered nick) when you log on when you have your NOTIFY on (it seems to be on by default when you join Freenode.net). Leaving and reading messages is quite simple, and you can get instructions by typing
/msg MemoServ help
and follow further instructions from there. To make things a little simpler to learn, I've summarized the help info for MemoServ on a separate page.

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Comments [Hide comments]
Comment by DarTar
2004-12-07 09:13:08
I'm connected for a while (no DSL connection at home yet). I just need some time to understand how an IRC client works..
Comment by JavaWoman
2004-12-07 15:41:46
Just helping a new user getting over the first hurdles... which illustrates how IRC is a great way for those quickie "how do i..." type of help questions (better than using a Wiki, IMO).

I'm really glad to see this up and runnong on Freenode.net now!
Comment by DarTar
2004-12-14 18:18:17
Jason, Mike, if you read this, you might want to enjoy the rare astral conjunction that has both of you (I guess), JW and me online at the same time. Why don't you pop in #wikka for a while? :)
Comment by DarTar
2004-12-14 18:19:58
Oh, and maybe Nils as well?
Comment by NilsLindenberg
2004-12-14 18:21:48
Well if this I-net Cafee had IRC installed, I would join too.
Comment by JavaWoman
2004-12-14 18:24:53
Hey, Nils - what *does** the Internet cafe have installed? There's a bunch of clients that support IRC. Trillian, for instance, or GAIM, or X-Chat (which a number of us are using). Have a look round at what's there?

Or request that a client be installed, maybe?
Comment by DarTar
2004-12-14 18:27:05
And Mozilla includes a native IRC client - JW, you should add this to your list!
Come on, Nils, no Mozilla in progressist Bologna? :)
Comment by TimoK
2005-03-29 21:58:11
I think it might be helpful to either rename this page or add another one which redirects here and has IRC in its name. I read about #wikka several times, but I had to use google to find this page (a channelname without the network doesnt help much hehe).
Comment by 222-152-73-22.jetstream.xtra.co.nz
2005-08-22 03:33:05
Hello. What time ( in UTC please ) is the chan normally active ? I would like to talk to some of the devs about some patches i wrote but that chan is normally inactive at the time when i join.
Comment by NilsLindenberg
2005-08-22 14:41:16
Hi Matt, it depends when you can find someone in the channel (I am not online for the next weekend for example). Try between 1700 and 2300 UTC!
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