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.
- 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
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