updated August 2020

Special Subject Networks

Selected networks serving a special subject matter or interest

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You can often find channels devoted to every conceivable subject on the popular nets, but with that comes the hassles of those large nets too. Some groups have set up specialized chat servers or networks dedicated to a special subject of interest. Here are some of them, loosely grouped by subject. Note that some subjects may not be appropriate for all people. Many are web-based chats (not strictly IRC) or standalone servers.

Computers

Freenode

Webchat: https://webchat.freenode.net/
Server Locations: China, Costa Rica, Europe
Services: Yes, ChanServ, NickServ
Support Channels: Many many support channels.
Servers: chat.freenode.net
Information:
an interactive environment for coordination and support of peer-directed projects, including… free software and open source. Our aim is to help improve the communicative and collaborative skills of our participants and to maintain a friendly, efficient environment for project coordination and technical support.

Kids and Education

Webchat: https://webchat.scoutlink.net/
Servers: webchat-ircd.scoutlink.net
Information:
Scouts in various parts of the world have set up an IRC network for meetings in various languages. There is also a link from within this network to scouting channels all over IRC.

Games

QuakeNet

Webchat: https://webchat.quakenet.org/
Server Locations: Europe, US
Services: Yes, L (LightWeight Service), Q (The Other Service)
Support Channels: #feds
Servers: https://www.quakenet.org/servers
Statistic: https://www.quakenet.org/statistics#tab-users-day
Information:
They call it the best multiplayer game ever. Maybe they’re right, maybe not. Anyway, here’s a network full of (mainly European) addicts. It has grown from a subject-specific network into the largest IRC network in the world!

Miscellaneous