Daniel Oaks

Internet Relay Chat (IRC)

Posts about the Internet Relay Chat protocol, a text-based chat system that’s many years old.

IRC Server Protocols and Standardisation 27 Mar 2017

Why do IRC servers not communicate with a standard protocol, and can we introduce a standard protocol to talk between them?

Having a multitude of custom S2S protocols was inevitable given how IRC networks ended up being contro...

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Internet Relay Chat (IRC) and Standards 28 Dec 2016

IRC is very strange from a standardisation perspective, and where it’s gonna end up isn’t clear.

IRC is a weird beast… really weird. It’s like 30 years old, there’s no controlling body, and the protocol has been randomly exten...

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