The informal meeting place of Apertium is the Internet Relay Chat channel
irc.freenode.net. If you want help with anything Apertium-related, or just want to have a chat with the developers, feel free to join our channel.
If you haven't used IRC much before, one of the easiest ways is probably to connect via Matrix/Riot; see IRC/Matrix for how. This will give you an account with persistent history even if your computer isn't always on, and works on all platforms.
 Other clients
Note: If you would like to be able to send a PM to a Matrix user, you will need to register your nick with NickServ. Once you are connected to freenode, type
/msg NickServ HELP for information on getting started with this. Registration is free, takes only a few minutes, and requires only an email address to which freenode will send a registration code. Once you have registered, you will need to authenticate each time you log in. If you use the freenode Web IRC client, simply check the "Auth to services:" option and fill out your username (the nick that you registered with NickServ) and password. Most other clients have automatic authentication built in. For example, in WeeChat, you would simply set
irc.server.freenode.sasl_username to your username,
irc.server.freenode.sasl_password to your password, and
plain (assuming that the name of the freenode server on your WeeChat client is
There are various other ways to connect too:
Linux and Windows users might like the light-weight and highly configurable http://xchat.org/. There is also https://smuxi.im/ which has some nice proxy features and Ubuntu/Gnome integration, https://weechat.org/ which also has some nice proxying (which you can connect to with a mobile client), and https://hexchat.github.io/ which is a popular actively developed fork of xchat.
Mac users may like http://colloquy.info/ which seems quite well integrated with the Mac desktop.
You can install https://thelounge.chat on any server that can run nodejs, and get a pretty-looking web-based chat client that always stays connected for you (similar to running Weechat with glowingbear).
Clicking irc://irc.freenode.net/#apertium should connect your client if you've installed it, otherwise select
irc.freenode.net from the servers and join #apertium.
 Through a browser
If you for some reason don't have access to install a chat client, you can try http://webchat.freenode.net/?channels=apertium in your web browser. The webchat seems to disconnect a lot though, so we recommend using a real desktop client.
 Other info
Many users have their IRC nick name listed on their users page.
If you want to share code snippets or long examples on IRC, please use our pastebin.
There's also a 28 day summary, which gives such cryptic information as:
17 Mitch-J 127 1466 19 days ago "Hmm same as spectie, which doesn't grant much flexibility" 22 Sir48 98 757 today "wir parlen todos languages :)" 25 Afal 70 628 3 days ago "and last year I was since I was in the local boys choir"
 IRC FAQ
 Can I ask people questions here?
Don't ask to ask a question, just get to the point and ask the real question.
- Don't do:
<Guest45011> Anyone here? Can I ask a question?
- Instead, do:
<Guest45011> Hi, I'm trying to compile XYZ and getting this error: http://dpaste.de/foobar How do I fix this?
Then hang around (don't quit the chat program) until someone answers.
 Can I write @name on IRC?
As on Twitter? Yes, just leave off the @. If your IRC client does not highlight the name you wrote, stay calm. The user will still be notified if you have spelt their username correctly. Most clients give username completion if you write the first characters and press TAB.
 Can I send a personal message on IRC?
Yes, but most of us prefer if you speak to us in the #apertium channel. If you have something private to talk about, you can use
/msg USERNAME some message to send a private message.
 What is this begiak user on about?
It's a bot. See begiak for more info.