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;IRC Bridge/Matrix:Another option that a few people are doing  is connecting connecting through a service with an IRC bridge. One popular one is the [https://matrix.org Matrix] protocol. While there are numerous [https://matrix.org/docs/projects/try-matrix-now.html#clients clients], [[User:Salt]] recommends [https://riot.im Riot] which is freely supported on every platform. Once you get Matrix Join the room <code>#_oftc_#communitydata:matrix.org</code> to bridge into IRC from Matrix. Get in contact with [[User:Salt]] if you want to go this way.
 
;IRC Bridge/Matrix:Another option that a few people are doing  is connecting connecting through a service with an IRC bridge. One popular one is the [https://matrix.org Matrix] protocol. While there are numerous [https://matrix.org/docs/projects/try-matrix-now.html#clients clients], [[User:Salt]] recommends [https://riot.im Riot] which is freely supported on every platform. Once you get Matrix Join the room <code>#_oftc_#communitydata:matrix.org</code> to bridge into IRC from Matrix. Get in contact with [[User:Salt]] if you want to go this way.
  
=== Registering your "nick" (i.e., IRC username) ===
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=== Registering your nick ===
  
Due to spam, we have on a couple of occasions in the past had to block "non-registered" users from posting to <code>#communitydata</code>. This helps a lot with the spam but has a big disadvantage in that if you speak on the channel but are not registered, nobody else will be able to hear you!
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Due to spam, we have sometimes blocked "non-registered" users from posting to <code>#communitydata</code>. This helps a lot with the spam but has a big disadvantage in that if you speak on the channel but are not registered, nobody else will be able to hear you!
  
 
It's a good idea to register your nickname or "nick" in any case because it means that can essentially reserve your nickname so that nobody else can have it.
 
It's a good idea to register your nickname or "nick" in any case because it means that can essentially reserve your nickname so that nobody else can have it.

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