There's an IRC channel called #surrey on the server where people can chat in realtime. An informal 'meeting' used to be held on Tuesdays at 8pm, though these days there are people in the channel pretty much any time.

Connecting using our web client

The simplest way to connect is to choose a nickname below and click the Chat! button.  If you leave "web_" as part of the nickname, then we'll recognise you as a visitor from our website.

If you have problems connecting - then you are probably connecting from inside a network which has blocked outbound connections.

Connecting an IRC Client

Many Linux distributions come with an IRC client of some kind. Some of the popular ones include XChat, GAIM, Konversation (for KDE), Chatzilla (for Firefox) and irssi (command line), but you can often also use an Instant Messaging client, like Pidgin or Kopete.

All IRC clients have some form of "input field" which is often located at the bottom of the screen.  In there you type what you want to say, or you type commands (usually prefixed with a "/" slash).  Typical tasks needed in your IRC client include:

  • Choose a nickname
    • Once connected type /nick <somenickname> to set your nickname to somenickname
  • Point your irc client at the server
    • The command /server can do this
  • Join the channel #surrey
    • /join #surrey will do this once connected.

Connecting using XChat

The XChat configuration GUI could be clearer. XChat keeps lists of servers, these lists are called "networks" and have arbitrary names. On startup in the Server List panel 'Add' a new network, change its default name using the text box and press 'Edit'. By default the new network consists of a single server: change the default name newserver/6667 to and Close. When you Connect to a selected network XChat will poll each server in that list - in our case just the entry. 

Registering your nick

It is recomended, but not essential, that you register your nick on server.  A guide can be found here The Blitzed IRC Network.  Alternatively you can enter /msg NickServ help into the client you are using and follow the syntax for /msg NickServ REGISTER.

IRC Etiquette 

IRC is a funny old place. Many people have never used it, but it's not scary. Think of IRC as multi-person instant messaging. Whatever you say appears on the screen for all to see almost instantly.

  • People might not be at their machines, so even though the list of people present may seem large, your questions/comments may go unanswered for a while. This is normal.
  • "Don't ask if you can ask". If you have a question, just ask it.
  • There are real people behind those nicknames, treat IRC just as you would any normal social circle. Be nice. :D

Who's Who ?

People often use curious nicknames on IRC, please see our member's list to map the user to the nick.