If you don’t know, IRC stands for Instant Relay Chat. It’s basically a kind of chatroom you can access through a desktop application. The mostly popular for Windows being mIRC ( I use Colloquy for the Mac). It’s been some time since I’ve seen a real reason to be cruising IRC, but I’ve recently discovered that there are some active online communities around some of the things I’m most interested in! Looking for some help for a Jquery plugin I was writing recently I discovered a JQuery IRC channel full of Jquery Ninjas ready and willing to help you. This led me to wonder what other channels might be around for some of this stuff. It sure beats asking questions through emails or comments. You can start an instant chat with someone! Here’s some info on the channels for WordPress and Jquery.
WordPress IRC Channels
To participate, you need an IRC client. Once configured and installed, point it toirc.freenode.net and connect. You’ll need to choose a nickname, and then “join” the#wordpress channel. An alternative to installing your own IRC client is to use the freenode web chat.
General support channel for all WordPress related questions. Plugin and theme development questions are welcome. This is not the support channel for WordPress.com.
Channel for WordPress core developers to discuss the development of the WordPress core code. This channel is not designed for support with plugin or theme development. This channel is where the weekly WordPress dev chats are held.
Channel for WordPress core plugins to discuss the development of their plugins. This is not a general support channel for plugin or theme development.
Channel for WordPress Google Summer of Code (GSoC) discussions.
Channel for WordPress user interface and user experience discussions.
Channel for WordPress internationalization discussions.
Support channel for blogs and services hosted by WordPress.com.
Jquery IRC Channels
jQuery team members, especially John Resig (nick: JohnResig), Joern Zaefferer (nick: JoernZaefferer), and Yehuda Katz (nick: wycats) are frequently in attendance, helping experienced and new users alike with both complex and trivial problems.
The IRC Channel is best if you need quick help with any of the following:
- jQuery Syntax
- Problem Solving
- Strange bugs
Hope this helps, post any other useful IRC channels you might have for web development/design in the comments.