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IRC (Internet Relay Chat) is a text-based, distributed, real-time chat system used by many communities.


Each user requires IRC client software to use IRC. This is usually a desktop application that connects to the IRC server, though there are also mobile and web-based clients available.

Cultural norms[]

  • Each IRC server generally sets policy around acceptable behaviour
  • Individual IRC channels may set channel-level policy
  • Pseudonymity through the mechanism of Nicknames is common
  • Etiquette around Private messages varies based on sub-communities

Best practices[]

Please add best practices! This article needs more examples of best practice. Please go ahead and edit this page to add any you can think of.

These best practices are primarily for long-standing channels dedicated to a particular purpose.

  • Create a webpage describing channel policy and cultural norms, and link to it in the channel topic