One of the hurdles for IRC is channel discovery. People need to be able to find channels they wish to chat on. There’s many ways to do this, from performing a /list to just asking friends!
But one easy way is to use an IRC indexing site. We have our own at http://search.mibbit.com which keeps track of thousands of channels on hundreds of IRC networks.
If you have your own IRC network, you’re most welcome to submit details of the network, and have it indexed. This makes it even easier for users to find your network and the channels they’re interested in. Please submit details here
Easier channel discovery is a win for everyone who enjoys chatting on IRC. Yes you may get the odd ‘troll’ who you have to kick or ban, but that’s inevitable with anything that is popular. “Making things easier” is a double edged sword, but the positives outweigh the negatives.
So if you run an IRC Network, get it listed now. And if you’re just a chatter, do some searches for channels you’re interested in. You might be surprised what communities are out there!…