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About Internet Relay Chat
The fastest way to discuss Blender development and interact with other members of the community is through IRC (Internet Relay Chat). The Blender Foundation maintains an official presence on Freenode, a special network built around peer-directed projects like free and open source software. Many developers, artists, and experienced Blender users hang out in the channels below.
For help installing IRC, see below.
Artists & Users
- For newbie and expert alike, looking for professional advice and chat (any platform or operating system) in a friendly moderated environment.
- Where Blenderheads meet and chat, ask questions, or just have fun!
- The place to ask questions about or discuss the Blender game engine. If you want to make a game, this is the place to go. Also be sure to look at the game engine forum on Blenderartists.org.
- The speed modelling IRC Channel, for those who want to flex their skills and see how fast they can put together models based on a specific topic within a set time (e.g. modelling a cement truck in 30 minutes). It's recommended you watch how a couple of smc's work, before attempting one yourself, so you can see just how it works.
- For more information on this topic, look at Speed Modelling Contest
- Blender character animation discussion (seems unused lately)
- Official Blender development chat room where discussions about the source and weekly meetings are held each Sunday at 15:00 UTC (that's 4pm in Amsterdam for you non-24-hour folks).
- Here is some help figuring out when it is :)
- If you need help regarding Blender's Python functionality, this is the place to visit.
- There we discuss Plugins too, see bf-extensions
- Need help compiling the Blender source code? Although it's quick and easy for some people, not everyone is as lucky getting Blender to build on their platform. Drop by if you need assistance.
- Official Blender documentation chat room where discussions about this wiki documentation.
- Where Certified Trainers hold meetings to discuss how to best serve the needs of the user community with regard to learning Blender.
- Blender chat in French
- Blender chat in German
- Blender chat in Dutch
- Blender chat in Spanish
Blender IRC channels policy
All Blender channels are independently operated by enthusiast Blender users and are now coordinated with the Blender Foundation through a partnership with Freenode. However, channel policy is controlled by the individual channel operators, not through the Blender Foundation. Therefore we kindly request that you direct comments/complaints/suggestions to these operators, as the Blender Foundation does not make it a policy to intervene in channel operation.
For more information on how to use this medium, the authors of the popular IRC application mIRC have put together a good first guide for IRC beginners here.
Windows and Linux builds of the popular open source chat client X-Chat, are available as free downloads, however the X-Chat development team only offers a shareware version of the Win32 client. If you wish to have an updated and totally free windows version of X-Chat you can visit SilvereX.org where recent (unofficial) builds are made available continually.
Please have a look at this XChat howto
Firefox ChatZilla extension
Freenode web interface
Go here http://webchat.freenode.net/ and connect.