#boingboing IRC channel open for Happy Mutating

If you'd like to join other Happy Mutants on an ancient, non-web-based protocol, we have registered a new channel on Freenode in which to discuss, you know, stuff. Standard rules apply: If you're unruly or rude, don't stop by! Otherwise, I look forward to wasting far too much time chatting to you all in one big yappy forum. We may do lots more fun things with the channel in the near future, but let's start with the basics. (Update: Like giving away the gift certificates we were just provided from '80s Tees, for instance! Still not bots, though.) If you've never used IRC before, you'll need a client. On Windows I've used mIRC, on OS X or Linux I prefer X-Chat Aqua (although many like Colloquy on OS X). Connect to any of the Freenode servers and join the channel #boingboing for maximum chat.



  1. Are you going to implement the XKCD “unique messages only” bot? That would be cool.

    MirandaIM is also a pretty nice Open Source alternative for you all-in-one IM client lovers.

  2. I thought about that, Niteowl :) Not yet, but it might be fun at some point.

    Up to 100 users now. And the only obnoxious person is me!

  3. As if boing boing wasn’t effective enough in siphoning away our supposedly-productive daytime work hours already… *g*

  4. This is a really helpful link, including a howto for automatically logging into freenode with your ID with Pidgin. Just pretend it says “boingboing” instead of “freeculture.” (and “Pidgin” instead of “Gaim”)

  5. i remember my dad being on IRC back when modems were pay buy the minute and we had all these creepy IRC penpals come to stay at our house, and they taught me witchcraft and C++

  6. Minor mistake in the post, but X-Chat Aqua is an OSX-only fork of the (original) *nix X-Chat, you might want to make that distinction

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