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Contacting the
Seattle Robotics Society

Page last updated: 9/25/2017

The best way to get in contact with the SRS is via email. You will get the fastest response this way.

Send your email to

The Mailing List: http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/SeattleRobotics/ -- this is a discussion group with many enthusiastic and knowledgeable robot builders; this is a great place to ask all your robotics questions. (See below for joining the list server.)

Jim Wright   President
Vacant   Vice President
Steve Kaehler   Secretary
Kevin Ross   Treasurer
Steve Kaehler   Monthly Meeting Coordinator, Webmaster
Carol Hazlett   Workshop Robot Coordinator
Jim Kindsvater   Encoder Editor, Meeting Note-taker
General contact email: SeattleRoboticsSociety (at) Gmail.com, Subject: Be specific.

Membership in the SRS

The Seattle Robotics Society accepts members worldwide. All we ask is that you be interested in robotics and related technology. We suspended any yearly dues when we stopped printing a paper version of the Encoder (long ago). Someday we may reinstate the dues to cover the cost of our website but so far that hasn't been necessary. Visit our website often and try to make it to the monthly meetings if you are in the Seattle area.

Visit our Facebook pages

Go to Facebook.com/SeattleRobotics for more timely information updates, meeting announcements, notes, and pictures.

Go to Facebook.com/Robothon for everything Robothon and for general robot discussions.

Join our email list server

Our email list server is a great way to communicate with all of the world wide members of the Seattle Robotics Society. We have members from all over the world who routinely contribute great information.

The purpose of this list is to encourage the discussion of robotics and related technologies. We have very few rules. They are summarized as DO and DON'T lists.

DOs:
Contribute anything technical that you feel is appropriate for the group.
Share cool websites or other interesting information to the group.
Help others find resources and information on robotics.
Conduct other club business as needed.

DON'Ts:
Flames, personal attacks, or other poor conduct are NOT allowed on our list.
Pure commercial postings are NOT allowed.
Spam or very nearly spam-like postings are not allowed.

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URL for list: http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/SeattleRobotics/

Monday Night Chat

Seattle Robotics Society members can be found online at all hours on any day of the week, in the #SeattleRobotics channel on irc.freenode.net. This is an informal chat session and is a great place to come ask live questions of SRS members, seek help for technical problems, or just chat about robotics.

Each week, SRS members host a "Monday Night Chat" in this channel. The channel tends to be the most active around this time, with lots of people online chatting. The 'official' time is 7 - 9 p.m. Pacific Time, but there are people from many time zones, so discussions often take place outside that timeframe.

Directions

Users of Chatzilla (Firefox plug-in) and various other clients may be able to simply use the link to irc://irc.freenode.net/#SeattleRobotics.

A simple browser-based chat interface is at http://webchat.freenode.net/?channels=SeattleRobotics. It won't have some of the features of the IRC clients, but should work nicely if you want to get a feel for the chat experience. This is a reasonable choice for Chromebook users. The Google Playstore has many free and paid IRC options.

If you have problems, post a message on the SRS Yahoo discussion group.

Getting an IRC client

Find an IRC client that seems appropriate for your platform (Win/Mac) and has the features you want. A web search for "free IRC client" should find plenty of options. Wikipedia also offers a comparison of IRC clients. Also, many messaging clients for AIM, MSN, etc. offer IRC support.

Connecting to Freenode

Here's the basic information that you'll need to tell your IRC client:

  • Protocol: IRC
  • Server: irc.freenode.net
  • Username: (choose something you like, see the section below for info on registering your nickname)
  • Password: (enter this if you've registered a nickname, otherwise leave it blank)

Advanced settings, which your client will probably set by default:

  • Port: 6667
  • Encodings: UTF-8

Joining #SeattleRobotics chat

Use your client's command for joining a chat and specify #SeattleRobotics when prompted for the channel. If you are prompted for a password, leave it blank.

Registering a 'nick' (nickname)

It is a good idea to register the nickname that you like to use. See freenode's Knowledgebase page on "Nickname Registration"for details on how to do this.