From Homestar Runner Wiki
IRC channels are available for general discussion regarding the Homestar Runner Wiki (#hrwiki) and the Homestar Runner Wiki Forum (#hrwiki-forum). We also have an IRC feed of the knowledge-base recent changes (#hrwiki-RC). Assistance with IRC commands can be found at Help:IRC.
- A good thing to do on the channel is starting to talk about a specific topic. Those can range from Homestar Runner and the wiki through popular culture to computers and current events.
- Be nice to your fellow chatters and wiki users.
- Log in with NickServ either before entering the channel or in a separate tab/window. Otherwise, one minor typo and everyone knows your password.
Failing to comply with the below guidelines may result in a channel kick or ban.
- Don't flood. Flooding in a chat channel is repeatedly sending messages within a short period of time, usually the same message several times or a number of messages unrelated to discussion. Another form of flooding is repeatedly changing nicknames in the channel in a short period of time.
- Don't alarm users for no reason. Some chat clients make a sound when the chatter's name is written. Also, don't notify a lot of users at the same time without having something meaningful to say to all of them.
- Don't feed the trolls. If someone is spamming, cursing or causing trouble, contact one of channel's admins, a wiki sysop or any other respected user for help via a private message. Don't tell the troll to stop, don't try to out-spam him or her, don't yell or curse back at him. It will only encourage the troll. If there are no operators around, try to ignore the troll (many clients have an "ignore" feature that you can to filter out another user's posts).
- Don't post text that is more than 5 lines long. For text longer than that, use Pastebin.
- Don't use language that is inappropriate for young users.
- Don't use bots. Bots have been known to be constantly used as a tool for flooding.
 IRC clients
An IRC client is a program you can use to connect to any IRC chat channel. Popular IRC clients include:
- ChatZilla (open source) — ChatZilla is an IRC client extension for most Mozilla-based browsers (Mozilla App Suite, Mozilla Firefox, etc).
- Colloquy (open source) — Colloquy is a popular IRC client for Mac OS X, with a great deal of features including emoticons, tabbed chatting, and custom themes.
- Conversation (freeware) — Conversation is a handy IRC client for Mac OS X. It has AppleScript support and is very user-friendly.
- Pidgin (open source) — Pidgin can connect to multiple chat networks (including AIM, ICQ, IRC, MSN Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger). It also works on many different operating systems (Windows, Linux, Mac, etc) although installation in some operating systems may not be straightforward.
- IceChat (commercial) — IceChat is a Windows IRC client written in Visual Basic. It provides some features other IRC clients do not, such as emoticons and an official support channel.
- mIRC (commercial) — mIRC is one of the most popular IRC clients with a good deal of features. Note: You'll have to register mIRC after using it for 30 days.
- Trillian (commercial) — Trillian connects to multiple chat networks (including AIM, ICQ, IRC, MSN Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger). It has more features than Gaim, but only works in Windows.
- X-Chat (open source) — X-Chat is a multiplatform IRC client, completely free for Linux and Mac OS X, shareware for Windows but you can still download the source and compile it yourself. The Mac OS X port is called X-Chat Aqua.