Howdypedia:IRC

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The IRC channel for Howdypedia is #howdypedia on irc.freenode.net. If that link doesn't work, you probably need to download yourself an IRC client; mIRC will do if you're on Windows.

If you want to try IRC out without having to download a client (though you'll want a client soon enough), use freenode's webchat.

Connecting, joining, and operating[edit]

If the link doesn't work once you've installed a client, open your client and connect via the command line:
/server irc.freenode.net
/join #howdypedia
Once you're in, you'll probably want to register your nickname (which you can change with /nick [newnick]):
/ns help will tell you what you need to know about registration (registration on the server is unrelated to the registration of your IRC client)

Privacy[edit]

IRC will display your hostname (effectively your IP address) and a "real name"; request a hostmask if you don't want your hostname to be visible, and change your "real name" in your client's preferences if you don't like the default.