#microformats chat

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Join the microformats chat room to ask questions you have about microformats, learn how to contribute to the community, and to meet other people who are interested in microformats.

Formally hosted on IRC exclusively, the microformats chat is now available on:

All of our chat rooms are bridged which means a message you send will be received by people who use any supported platform. Our chat rooms are all called #microformats.

All people who are working with, or are curious about, microformats are welcome to join the community.


Quick Start

You may use a IRC client application such as Colloquy (Mac or iOS) or Yaaic on Android to join:

The microformats IRC channel is hosted on the libera.chat server. See Joining a server and channel help for further information and use of client applications which provide additional services (authenticated nicknames, logging, etc.).


Recent logs of the #microformats IRC channel can be found at:

Older logs can be found at the following locations for the following periods:

Until sometime on 2007-07-16, there was an atom feed provided for the rbach IRC Logs.

logs status

People on IRC

See our list of IRC regulars and their normal timezones.

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

Bots on IRC

The IRC channel uses these bots:

Previous Bots

These bots were active ~2005-2009? (actual dates can likely be confirmed by checking old IRC logs)

Greeting Bot

To display a brief description of who you are each time you join the channel, you can use “JiBot” to 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 http://www.example.com

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

Getting started with IRC

Please note: These directions relate specifically to the services that Libera.chat offers. Other IRC servers may differ with the services they offer and how to operate them. You can also read a complete guide at https://libera.chat/guides

Joining a server and channel

Most clients will offer you a connection dialogue showing the required fields for connection. The details to connect to the server are:

  • Server: irc.libera.chat
  • Port: 6667 (usually default)

You should also fill in any fields to set your alias, real name and email address. If available, save these settings for later to speed up connecting in future.

More on setting a password protected alias can be read here.

Once connected, you will most likely be presented with the "MOTD" (message of the day). For the first visit, it is advisable to read this to find out about the server's policies and other important pieces of news and help, otherwise it can be ignored and you can either authenticate your alias or join a channel.

Your client may display to you a listing of all available channels. Locate #microformats and select to join, or type /join #microformats into the command line available to you in your client (where you've just been shown your connection).

Assuming you've connected correctly, you should now find youself in the microformats channel!

More detailed, but general, advice can be read here.

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 Libera.chat, 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

With password being a value of your choice. You must also associate an email address with your nickname

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.

These commands can be typed directly into the server window upon join, or whilst in a channel, just as you would normally send a message.

More detailed user registration command information can be found in Libera's guides


Sending a message to a channel may be as simple as joining the channel and typing into the window, just as you would with an Instant Messenger. You can refer to your client's help files for quicker/alternative methods of doing the following. For all clients the following commands are available (the parts in bold must be used, but are not seen by others):

Sending a message to the entire channel you are currently in:

Command: /msg Hello world!

Result: <Bill> Hello world!

Sending an action/emotive/3rd person statement:

Command: /me dances a code jig

Result: Bill dances a code jig

Sending a message to one person only (private chat):

Command: /msg Bob Hi, would you like to code jig?

Result (for Bob only): <Bill> Hi, would you like to code jig?


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.




The idea of having IRC meetups (a set time for a 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.

IRC and microformats


  • How do we maintain info about ircing in our hCards (nick, network, fav-channels?)?
    • presumably this would be done with a URL. - Tantek 18:42, 30 July 2009 (UTC)

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