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There is more than one way to get help with WordPress. Besides the WordPress Forum, there is also a live chat help on the IRC network irc.freenode.net, where you can seek WordPress related help, or just hang out with fellow WordPress users. This page seeks to be a quick rundown of what IRC is, and how to log in to the #wordpress channel. For more answers to questions about how to use the #wordpress channel, see WordPress IRC Live Help.

Overview

Internet Relay Chat, or IRC, is the precursor to both instant messaging and contemporary browser-based chatrooms like those found on Yahoo!, MSN, and innumerable other web sites. It is one of the best ways to get help fast, but it's also a swell way to hang out and become part of the WordPress community.

To participate, you need an IRC client. Once configured and installed, point it to irc.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.

IRC Channel Rules

Please see the Channel Guidelines page.

WordPress IRC Channels

#wordpress

General support channel for all WordPress related questions. Plugin and theme development questions are welcome. This is not the support channel for WordPress.com.

#wordpress-social

The place to unwind and just chat about the day. You will usually find a fair amount of the channels regular attendees in here getting better acquainted and making friends, the more the merrier as they say!

#wordpress-dev

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. (Weekly meetings at Wednesday at 21:00 UTC. When meetings are taking place, please keep the channel on-topic by talking about agenda items only.)

#wordpress-core-plugins

Channel for WordPress core plugins to discuss the development of their plugins. This is not a general support channel for plugin or theme development.

#wordpress-gsoc

Channel for WordPress Google Summer of Code (GSoC) discussions.

#wordpress-mobile

Channel for discussion about the WordPress mobile apps.

#wordpress-ui

Channel for WordPress user interface and user experience discussions. (Weekly meetings on Tuesday at 18:00 UTC. When meetings are taking place, please keep the channel on-topic by talking about agenda items only.)

#wordpress-polyglots

Channel for WordPress internationalization discussions.

#wordpress-themes

Channel for the theme review process.

#wordpress-sfd

Channel for the support team. This is not a channel for getting support, but one for how to provide support.

#wordpress.com

Support channel for blogs and services hosted by WordPress.com.

#wordpress-getinvolved

Channel to help people looking to contribute to WordPress get started.

#wordpress-meta

Channel for people who want to contribute to the various WordPress.org community websites (WordPress.org, WordCamp.org, Make.WordPress.org, etc)

Sister IRC Channels

#backpress

Channel for BackPress support and development.

#bbpress

Channel for bbPress support and development.

#bbpress-dev

Channel for bbPress core developers to discuss the development of the bbPress core code. This channel is not designed for support with plugin or theme development. This channel is where the weekly bbPress dev chats are held. (Weekly meetings at Wednesday at 21:00 UTC. When meetings are taking place, please keep the channel on-topic by talking about agenda items only.)

#buddypress

Channel for BuddyPress support and development.

#buddypress-dev

Channel for BuddyPress support and development. In the future #buddypress will be used for support.

Channel for BuddyPress core developers to discuss the development of the BuddyPress core code. This channel is not designed for support with plugin or theme development. This channel is where the weekly BuddyPress dev chats are held. (Weekly meetings at Wednesday at 19:00 UTC. When meetings are taking place, please keep the channel on-topic by talking about agenda items only.)

Bots

doc-bot

doc-bot is an IRC bot designed for the WordPress related IRC channels on freenode. Details of usage are available at wp-doc-bot.

trac-bot

trac-bot is an IRC bot designed for the WordPress related development IRC channels on freenode. Amongst other things, trac-bot displays links to trac when presented with a #ticketnumber.

hlin

hlin is the WordPress IRC bot that provides protection against spammers and flooders.

Logs

Logs of the various chat channels are available at the WordPress.org IRC Logs site.

IRC Client Applications

IRC Resources