What is IRC?
Internet Relay Chat, or IRC, is a form of real-time Internet text chat. It is mainly designed for group communication in discussion forums, called channels, but also allows one-to-one communication via private messaging.
We use IRC for some meetings, general discussion and party communication because it's widely supported and client software is available for virtually all platforms. A comparison of IRC clients can be found here. If you do not have an IRC client, you can connect online here.
Connecting to the Network
If you are using the web IRC client, ignore this section as you will automatically be connected to the right server.
The Pirate Party Australia IRC channels are hosted on the global PirateIRC network. This is linked to our Australian domain and also to the official Swedish Pirate Party network, Piratpartiet (when their network is stable).
Our server is located at au.pirateirc.net, the port numbers are: 6667 (clear) and 6697 (SSL)
To join the official channel from your IRC client:
You can also connect to the server at irc.pirateparty.org.au and irc.pirateirc.net. If at any time you are having trouble connecting with the PirateIRC.net server then join these ones, the channels are linked so you won't miss anything.
To join any channel, type /join #channel or click a link to open a new web IRC window.
Many people leave their clients connected indefinitely to these channels, and will respond to questions eventually, so please understand that responses to questions may not be immediate. The channels are not monitored 24/7.
Usage of IRC is moderated by the IRC Code of Conduct.
|Main channel - reserved for general public meetings and serious discussion pertaining to general matters of Party operation and policy.
|Social channel - offtopic discussion. Reminder that users must abide by the Code of Conduct at all times.
|National Council channel - reserved for National Council meetings. Members are welcome to sit in and listen, but please email the secretary beforehand if there is an item you wish to place on the agenda.
|Policy Development Committee channel - general policy discussion and PDC meetings.
|Social Media channel - Twitter mentions get piped here.
|Talk to Pirates from across the world! (Not a PPAU channel.)
|Pirate Party Australian Capital Territory channel.
|Pirate Party New South Wales channel.
|Pirate Party Queensland channel.
|Pirate Party South Australia channel.
|Pirate Party Victoria channel.
|Pirate Party Western Australia channel.
All channels listed in the table above are also bridged to the PPAU Discord.
|Changes your nickname
|Joins the specific channel. If it does not already exist, it will be created
|/msg nickname message
|Sends a personal message (PM) to somebody on the network - this will typically start a separate private chat window with the other user
|Ignores the user, and stops them from being able to write you messages. However, the user can still see your messages.
|Sets your status to away, to notify other users you are not available
|Leaves the current channel
|Shows you performing an action, for example
/me dances will be shown as ***Username dances
|Shows a little more information on the user, such as their name and which channels they are in
With IRC you can have a registered nickname, so that no one else on that server can pretend to be you.
To register, submit this, replacing PASSWORD with a password of your choice and EMAIL with a valid email address.
/msg nickserv register PASSWORD EMAIL
Once you have responded to the confirmation email you can now log in using:
/msg nickserv identify PASSWORD
In a channel, users can have different 'modes', which allows a user to do more interactions to other users and moderate the channel. On this network, the following user modes are available:
|User is a channel operator. Operators can change the channel topic and can kick or ban users who are breaking the Code of Conduct.
|User is voiced. If the channel is in +m ("moderated") mode, only voiced users and operators can chat. This is sometimes used during meetings when it is important to limit disruptions.