dlab IRC

We use IRC as a place to discuss ideas while we try to implement them. Anyone is encouraged to lurk and contribute whenever they feel interested in the discussion by connecting to the chatroom. If you just want to see what we're talking about without connecting, you can view our logs from 2017.

We're experimenting with trying to maintain a high signal-to-noise ratio. So that ideas and thoughts remain visible for as long as possible, we try not to type too much chatter, for which you can go to any number of other channels. Instead, we aim to occasionally write updates of what we're up to and our plans. Others can then respond with ideas and feedback, if they have anything to add, or they might choose to remain silent. All of this is logged here for people to return to and reflect on later.


The channel is hosted on freenode IRC. Their help page explains:

The freenode network can be accessed via the freenode webchat or using an IRC client such as irssi, WeeChat, ERC, HexChat, Smuxi, Quassel or mIRC. You can connect to freenode by pointing your IRC client at chat.freenode.net on ports 6665-6667 and 8000-8002 for plain-text connections, or ports 6697, 7000 and 7070 for SSL-encrypted connections.

After successfully connecting, join the channel #dlab.

Some people find it easier to connect directly from their web browser. If you already have an IRC client installed on your computer, you can try to connect via the irc: link irc://chat.freenode.net/dlab. If you don't, or that link doesn't work, you can use Freenode's webchat service.

Reducing clutter

To increase signal-to-noise ratio in your client, we recommend you disable messages notifying you of people joining, parting and quitting the channel.

Linking to logs

You can link to a particular line by postpending the time of the line hh:mm:ss as a URL fragment #t-hhmmss. For example, the first line to be logged was Adam saying hello one Sunday afternoon, shown at https://rawl.es/dlab/irc/2017/10/22/#t-131518. One of the reasons we log is to remind ourselves of things we once discussed, and being able to pinpoint lines in this manner helps with that.