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Microformats IRC

We have an IRC channel, #microformats on the freenode network.

There's typically someone there at any point during the day, though there isn't always active discussion. Sometimes, though this is the best place to debate issues that need lots of back and forth discussion.

#microformats on freenode

The microformats channel is hosted on the server. See Joining a server and channel help for further information.


Logs are available here:

Atom feed of logs available here:

People on irc

See our list of IRC regulars and their normal timezones.


Our channel has some admins, who are also mailing list and wiki admins. If you want to get their attention, just say "adminhelp".


To display a brief description of who you are each time you join the channel, you can create a definition for your username. To do so pass the ?def command using something like the following convention (be brief):

?def jdoe is John Doe and can be found online at

More information about using JiBot commands can be found on the jibot website


The IRC channel uses these bots:


The idea of having IRC meetups (that is, a set time for meeting on IRC) has been suggested by Ryan King, as it appears to work well for the WordPress community and may help us from time-to-time. As of yet, there are no plans to have meetups, though.

Getting started with IRC

Basic commands

Please note: These directions relate specifically to the services that Freenode offers. Other IRC servers may differ with the services they offer and how to operate them.

Joining a server and channel

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Creating a registered nickname

Registration means that a password becomes associated with your alias/nickname/sign-in name and from the point of registration authorisation is required to communicate using that alias.

Registration of a nickname is required for some channels, and should be done to protect your identity.

To register with Freenode, you must communicate with their service known as NickServ. The two basic command you will need to get started are:

For registration: /msg nickserv register password email

For authentication (login): /msg nickserv identify password

With password and email being values of your choice. Email is also optional, but advisable, should you want to request a password retrieval.

Your client may offer you an option to set your alias and password, so that you will not have to manually enter this information on each join. Refer to your client's help files for more on this.

More detailed user registration command information can be found in Freenode's FAQ


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The following clients are recommended by #microformats participants:


  • mIRC - Popular Windows client. Trial version only.
  • X-Chat - Popular cross-platform client. Free Windows version available.
  • AdiIRC - Simple C# based IRC client.
  • Miranda - Lightweight, muti-protocol instant messenger.



IRC and microformats


How do we maintain info about ircing in our hCards (nick, network, fav-channels?)?