People without an IRC Client available, can use the webchat provided by Freenode (just enter a nickname, connect and chat).
Registering your Nick
While at IRC it is a benefit to register the nick, so nobody else can use it. Look here for an step-by-step guide: Freenode KB - Nicksetup
Be patient, users might not answer right away because they may be busy1)
. Just ask your question and stay in the channel.
Please speak English in the channel, so others can benefit from the discussion
Do not DCC (direct chat) the developers unless they ask you to do that. All question have to be asked in the channel.
When talking about code use a pastebin
instead of posting huge chunks of code.
If your problem got solved on IRC
, please update the documentation accordingly. If you posted about it on the mailinglist
before, follow it up with a description of the solution.
Channel Logs and Bots
The IRC channel is logged by a bot called
dokubot. Searchable chat logs are available at http://irc.dokuwiki.org. When the log is blank, tell
splitbrain in the channel. The bot tends to die sometimes and needs a restart then.
dokubot also automatically posts links to bug reports and pages at dokuwiki.org. He also serves a small choice of beverages.
Another bot, called
CIA-*, posts live commit messages from github. This bot is operated by CIA.vc which also offers a few commit statistics.
Developers, community managers and people interested in helping out meet in the IRC channel on a regular basis.
Learn more about IRC meetups here.
Freenode provides free (as in beer) IRC chat facilities for Free and Open Source Software communities like DokuWiki. They are doing a great and valuable service for the whole Open Source world. If you got help on the DokuWiki IRC channel, please consider donating to freenode.