Community

Monday Night IRC 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 PT, but there are people from many time zones, so discussions often take place outside that time frame.

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 Play Store has many free and paid IRC options.

If you have problems, post a message on the SRS Groups.io 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 nickname

It is a good idea to register the nickname that you like to use. See freenode’s Knowledge-base page on “Nickname Registration”for details on how to do this.

 

Interactive Email with Groups.io

the SeattleRobotics group has been created on Groups.io. Please join this list and continuing to contribute. Meeting announcements will be broadcast here. Information and guidelines for this group are provided below.

We have very few rules. They are summarized as DO and DON’T below.

DOs:

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

DON’Ts:

  • Do flames, personal attacks, or otherwise act poorly. Poor conduct is NOT allowed on our list.
  • Post pure commercials. These are NOT allowed.
  • Post spam or very nearly spam-like postings. These are not allowed.

List Directives:

  • Post messages: SeattleRobotics@groups.io
  • Subscribe: SeattleRobotics+subscribe@groups.io
  • Unsubscribe: SeattleRobotics+unsubscribe@groups.io
  • Group owner: SeattleRobotics+owner@groups.io
  • Help: SeattleRobotics+help@groups.io