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An unofficial Internet Relay Chat (IRC) channel for Open Surge collaboration is located on FreeNode, channel ##opensonic. Information about this channel and how to connect can be found in this article.
If you are looking for a specific server to connect to, you'll have to find out the closest FreeNode server to your area. Search the internet for more information.
Collaboration is best undertaken on the Community Forums. There, people from several time zones are given enough opportunity to read and join in a discussion. However, at times an issue needs to be discussed without delay, typically between only two or three people. For these times an IRC channel can be useful.
When discussing something on IRC, take care not to make decisions that would affect those not present in the channel. It is best to move certain topics back into the forum if they are going in this direction.
Questions and Answers
If you do not find an answer to your question here, ask over at the Community Forums.
What is IRC?
Internet Relay Chat is an old chat protocol still in use today thanks to standards. You need a client program, except instead of connecting to proprietary servers you must choose which server to connect to. Just being on IRC is not enough to chat with someone else on IRC, both of you must be connected to a server on the same network; there are a large number of servers and networks out there.
How do I get on IRC?
WikiPedia has an article on IRC Clients which may help. Basically you need a server/port and a channel. Also you'll want to pick an nickname for yourself. Install the client you choose (hopefully a free one) and then tell it to connect to a FreeNode server. The credentials look like this:
server: niven.freenode.net <-- find this on http://freenode.net port: 6667 <-- this comes with the server info nickname: surgefan <-- you pick this
What is FreeNode?
Nobody is answering my question?
Patience! IRC is like a forum; some people are not sitting right in front of their screen. Give them time to show up and answer. When they do, you may just be lucky enough to be sitting there to dialogue. IRC conversations can take hours or days to complete.
What is the benefit over the forum then?
Immediate responses in many cases, and only slightly delayed responses in others. Also if you happen to be sitting there when a response comes in you can dialog with the person helping you without delay. There are other benefits.
The downside is there is no record to search for those looking to self-help. For this reason, particularly interesting problem solves should be logged in the forum.