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IRC (Internet Relay Chat) is used frequently by Portal Wiki editors, moderators, and administrators to coordinate their wiki efforts. The #pwiki channel hosted on is the channel used most frequently.

Access to the channel is free for all users, and those who are not regularly active on the wiki are encouraged to join the channel to collaborate with others. It may take some time for other users to notice you, so don't leave 10 seconds after saying "Hi".

The channel bot, Spacenet, has been configured to broadcast items on Special:RecentChanges to all users within the channel.

Additionally, users on the channel with "voice" (usually represented by a '+' or 'v' sign in front of their names) are staff members (mods/admins). Feel free to contact them in private if you have any concerns or need help.


Discussion in the channel is also publicly logged. Logs can be viewed here. In addition to #pwiki , the #pwiki-rc channel can be used to monitor RCs without chatter; this channel also includes bot edits. Logs for this channel are available here, bypassing the need to actually be in the channel in order to follow the recent changes.

Any decisions made or "agreed to" in the channel should not always be considered definitive. The number of users who contribute to the wiki but do not use the channel is high, and thus the discussion can exclude these contributors. Because of this, discussions that are of interest to everyone should take place on talk pages instead.


Any user can register with NickServ. This preserves your nick and protects it from hijacking. See /msg nickserv help register while connected to the IRC server for more info.

Popular Clients

See also: Comparison of IRC clients (Wikipedia)
  • HexChat – Fork of X-Chat providing free binaries for Windows and Linux
  • ChatZilla - Available on all platforms (free, open source); See also: Guide to running ChatZilla without Firefox (using XULRunner)
  • Kiwi IRC - Web based client used for the Chat Now button. Open source and supports non-Libera networks.
  • HydraIRC – Windows (free, open source)
  • Colloquy – Mac OS X (free)
  • KVIrc – Windows, Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OS X (free, open source)
  • Irssi – Windows, Linux (free, open source)
  • Nettalk – Windows (free, open source)
  • WeeChat - Free, open source (under GPLv3 license) Mac OS X & Linux client (Windows via cygwin is also possible)
  • Smuxi - Free for Windows, OS X, Linux, etc. (based on Gnome / GTK+ )

Best of

Main article: IRC Hall of Fame

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