[li]Download an IRC client, such as mIRC, or if you are using FireFox, ChatZilla. I’d highly recommend ChatZilla if you are an IRC n00b or don’t want to set up another program.
[/li][li]Connect to freenode.net server, by typing “/connect irc.freenode.net” in mIRC, or “/attach irc.freenode.net” in ChatZilla.
[/li][li]Join our channel by typing “/join #techart”.
[/li][li]That’s it! You’re now in. Feel free to idle all day and wait around for people.
[/li][li]To change your nickname, type “/nick <nickname>”. To register it, type “/msg nickserv register <password> <email>”, then follow the confirmation instructions you receive by e-mail. The e-mail address must be valid.
As much as I like the permanance and archivability of forums and wiki info, some things are best left to chat. I will be idling there during the day and will try to get some others as well. It’d be nice if we could have some language/program experts in there to be on call for questions.