# – The DALnet default channel
# is the DALnet “default” channel—the null channel, the channel with no name. To join #, download an IRC client such as HexChat or XChat for Linux, mIRC for Windows, or Colloquy for MacOSX, connect to DALnet (irc.dal.net), and then type /JOIN # in the status/console window. If the IRC client you use has a dialog box to join a channel, simply enter # in there in order to join the channel.
DALnet should be listed as one of the many available IRC networks in your IRC client, however a few clients do not list DALnet. If you have to add DALnet manually, the two servers to use are named irc.dal.net and irc.eu.dal.net, and the available ports are 6667 and 7000. If you enable SSL encryption, which we highly recommend, use port 6697.
Konversation (the KDE IRC client for Linux) is known to not properly support #, but a bug report has been filed.
You can also connect to DALnet using the qwebirc client on their website, rather than installing a separate application. Enter the nickname you would like to use under the “Chat Now” box in the right-hand sidebar, and simply put in # for the channel. Note that this version of the DALnet web client does not seem to be able to join # upon connecting, so always use the first link above. Alternatively, if you do connect and find you haven’t joined # properly, you can type /JOIN # in the status window, which always works.
Mibbit’s website has a nice stats page for #.
J^raxis is the # founder, and has been there since . He is the author of the eponymous J’raxi§cript, a Tcl plugin for HexChat and XChat.
pud is our Eggdrop bot, running the polyphemus Tcl script. We will add you as an autovoice in pud if you frequent the channel and show any modicum of intelligence and awareness that you’re in #. DALnet also has the usual nick/channel registration services NickServ and ChanServ, so you can register your nick in order to ensure no one else uses it.
# also has two wekses, sometimes even three.
# is also available as a graphic novel.
This channel is frequently visited by people who mistype a join command, typically by typing a space between the “#” sign and the name of the channel they intended to join, so you will often find the channel full of lost or confused newbies. We usually try to be nice to our newbies.
Besides the United States, DALnet is currently popular in places like Indonesia, Pakistan, Malaysia, India, and the Arab countries, so you’ll frequently find people from those countries in #, often speaking their own languages. All of the ops speak English, but several of them also speak these other languages.
There are no rules in # other than don’t annoy the ops or voices. There are no language or co-channeling rules at all. # has a couple resident IRCops most of the time, so DALnet‘s rules against flooding, spamming, excessive clones, open proxies, or virus-laden PCs will be enforced.
At this moment, there are 53 members (12 @ops, 40 +voices, 3 ✪IRCops) in the channel. 15 members are set away.
This information was most recently updated at . ∎