Well, I'm not a member of the Elitist Jerks guild - but I do feel as if there is an "Elitist Jerks" community. When another IRC topic showed up today it made me curious if The EJ forums had their own IRC channel (similar to #fires for FoH's forums on the uberguilds network).
Zoid mentioned that yes, they do indeed already have an IRC channel, I joined it, and it was just him and I. By the end of the day, about 20 people were floating around there from just a minor off topic post in the middle of someone else's thread. So, clearly there was some interest - and already within the channel there has been some decent discussion.
Anyway, those of you who don't know what IRC is, its the internet relay chat - one of the earliest elements of the internet, that essentially allows for real time communication, private messaging, and group chatter. Most large gaming groups, like the community that posts on these forums every day, generally have an IRC channel just to talk - or schedule things, or declare that Kazzak is indeed up... again.
But let me be realistic about what IRC is and isn't. Generally you idle on IRC, and it can go 12 hours with no one saying anything, then a 100 page (no joke) discussion can just appear out of nowhere. There is a lot of idle time, but also a lot of chatter. Lots of web links to gear, lots of batphone like information; discussions that are totally irrelevant, and often times discussions that inspire great threads of their own.
Also, don't assume everything there will be well thought out, have proper grammar, and be absolutely regulated (thats the nature of live chat at times - but it should at least be civil, interesting, and fun - I assume Zoid won't allow retards to just go crazy there - sorry Zoid!)...
IRC is not meant to replace the EJ forums, and probably won't do a thing to the post count, but it is at least a place to talk to other people in the community.
Anyway, I wanted to make sure that people who might be new to IRC were at least aware of what IRC is and isn't. It IS however, a great tool for communication, one that augments many gaming communities very well (especially guilds - just a suggestion for those of you without one).
To that end, EJ put their channel on gamesurge's network - those of you who are avid gamers before/after WoW probably were a part of some other clan likely to have their old channel on this network as well, so you can stay in touch with those folks simultaneously. Many WoW guilds (including ours) also have their channels here. Anyway, thats just my endorsement for the network
This is apparently their public channel (Zoid claims they don't have a private one), so I'm just inviting everyone there. Clearly, there may be some issue by the forum mods with this post, so feel free to do with this post as you may if I'm out of line here.
Those of you who need help with connecting to IRC, can get a FREE client at http://www.mirc.com
You can also google for x-chat, or trilian. I believe opera has built in IRC, and trilian links all the IM's you're already using with IRC in one package.
You can also launch an IRC session from the web at gamesurge's web site using Java.
With the exception of java, these clients can minimize to the taskbar using maybe 2 megs of ram at most - making them fairly versatile, even while raiding on low end machines.
Anyway, I hope this proves useful, and I'll see you guys there, I'm Marauder[FH] on IRC by the way.