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The BZFlag communities use the [http://freenode.net/ freenode IRC network] for communication and collaboration. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IRC IRC]
The official BZFlag org. and its associated communities use the [http://freenode.net/ freenode IRC network] for communication and collaboration.
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The [http://freenode.net/ freenode network] is used for all IRC communications.
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Common channels include:
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* [irc://irc.freenode.net/#bzflag #bzflag]
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* [irc://irc.freenode.net/#bzchat #bzchat]
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A web interface is provided to these channels at http://my.BZFlag.org/irc/irc.cgi
 
==Channels==
 
==Channels==
===Official channels===
 
BZFlag maintains 2 official channels run by the org.
 
====#bzflag====
 
The [irc://irc.freenode.net/bzflag #bzflag] channel is the primary development and support channel. The major developers and many long time community members are users. Discussions in the channel range from development and coding discussions to technical support and bug reports. #bzflag is a great channel to discuss new features and bugs. The channel is moderated by the project administration and development staff. '''This channel is not for help with specific servers or administration issues'''
 
  
====#bzflag-chat====
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===#bzflag===
The [irc://irc.freenode.net/bzflag-chat #bzflag-chat] channel is a more informal channel designated for player community discussions.
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The #bzflag channel is the primary development and support channel. The major developers and many long time community members are users. Discussions in the channel range from development and coding discussions to technical support and bug reports. #bzflag is a great channel to discuss new features and bugs. The channel is moderated by the project administration and development staff. '''This channel is not for help with specific servers or administration issues'''
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===#bzchat===
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The #bzchat channel is a more informal channel designated for player community discussions.
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===Other channels===
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A number of players, servers, and [[leagues]] have their own channel for more focused discussion, some of these include:
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* ##bar (DUCLeague team, The Barbarians)
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* #BoomBZ (Team Channel for GU team [BoOm])
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* ##bz-inc (DUCLeague team, [http://my.bzflag.org/league/index.php?link=teaminfo&id=689/ Bz-Incorporated])
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* ##bzflagr (Support channel for the [http://bzflagr.net BZFlagr.net servers.])
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* #bzfx (Support channel for the bzfx.net BZFlag servers)
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* ##bzpod (Channel to discuss the BZFlag podcast, BZPod)
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* #bzflag (On irc.stormcenter.net, support channel for [http://www.bztank.net BZtank] servers)
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* ##bzw (A place to discuss map making for BZFlag, including ideas and help)
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* #divi (Support channel for [http://divi.fairserve.net Divibox] and other [http://fairserve.bzflag.org Fairserve] servers)
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* #dub (Support channel for the dub.bzflag.org BZFlag servers)
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* ##ducleague (Support channel for [http://my.bzflag.org/league/ Ducati League (DucLeague)])
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* #forestforce ([http://gu.bzleague.com/index.php?link=teaminfo&id=10 GULeague Team])
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* ##guleague (Support channel for [http://gu.bzleague.com/ GamesUnited League (GULeague)])
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* #hepcat (Support channel for borrego.hepcat.org BZFlag server) ''defunct''
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* ##icf (Support channel for [http://gu.bzleague.com/index.php?link=teaminfo&id=112 Incredible Chipper Frogs, (GULeague)])
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* #inleague (Support channel for [http://in.bzleague.com InterNational League (INLeague)])
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* #kas (GULeague team, KAS)
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* ##norang (Support channel for [http://bzflag.norang.ca Norang.ca] BZFlag servers)
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* #pillbox (Support channel for [http://pillbox.bzleague.com/ Pillbox League (PBLeague)])
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* ##planetmofo (Support channel for [http://www.planet-mofo.com planet-mofo.com] servers)
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* #plosileague (Support channel for [http://bzfx.net/league/ Plosileague])
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* #silvercat (Support channel for [http://silvercat.bzflag.org/ Silvercat BZFlag servers]) ''defunct''
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* ##t42 ([http://gu.bzleague.com/index.php?link=teaminfo&id=39 GULeague team])
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* ##untamed ([http://my.bzflag.org/league/index.php?link=teaminfo&id=909 DUCLeague team])
  
===Other projects and unofficial channels===
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==IRC Clients==
A number of players, servers, and [[leagues]] have their own channel for more focused discussion. Some of these include:
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To access the IRC network you need to use an IRC client, there are many IRC client softwares available for most operating systems.  
  
{|{{Prettytable}}
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http://irchelp.org/ is an excellent resource for more information on general IRC.
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| {{Hl3}} |'''Active channels'''
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| {{Hl3}} |'''Description'''
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| #BoomBZ || Team Channel for LU team [BoOm].
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| ##bzexcess || Support channel for the [http://bzexcess.com BZExcess.com servers.].
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|-
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| #bzfx || Support channel for the bzfx.net BZFlag servers.
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|-
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| ##bzpro || Support channel for the [http://bzpro.net BZPro.net servers.]
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|-
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| ##bztank || Unofficial support channel for the [http://bztank.net BZTank.net servers].
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|-
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| #bztraining || Official support channel for the [http://bztraining.org BZTraining server network] and for [http://bznetwork.googlecode.com BZNetwork].
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|-
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| ##bzw || A place to discuss map making for BZFlag, including ideas and help.
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|-
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| #dub || Support channel for the dub.bzflag.org BZFlag servers.
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|-
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| #forestforce || [http://leaguesunited.org/teams/56 Leagues United Team].
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|-
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| ##norang || Support channel for [http://bzflag.norang.ca Norang.ca] BZFlag servers.
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|-
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| ##leaguesunited || Support channel for [http://www.leaguesunited.org/ Leagues United].
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|-
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| ##planetmofo || Support channel for [http://www.planet-mofo.com planet-mofo.com] servers.
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|-
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| #powerbzedit || Support channel for [http://pbzewiki.doenemeier.de/wiki/ PowerBZEdit].
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|}
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{|{{Prettytable}}
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|-
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| {{Hl3}} |'''Inactive/defunct channels'''
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| {{Hl3}} |'''Description'''
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|-
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| ##bzflagr || Support channel for the [http://bzflagr.net BZFlagr.net servers.] - closed down
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|-
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| ##bzpod || Channel to discuss the BZFlag podcast, BZPod. ''defunct''
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|-
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| ##divi || Support channel for [http://divi.fairserve.net Divibox] and other [http://fairserve.bzflag.org Fairserve] servers. ''defunct''
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|-
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| ##ducleague || Support channel for [http://my.bzflag.org/league/ Ducati League (DucLeague)] ''defunct''
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|-
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| ##guleague || Support channel for [http://www.guleague.org/ GamesUnited League (GULeague)] ''defunct''
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|-
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| ##hepcat || Support channel for borrego.hepcat.org BZFlag server ''defunct''
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|-
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| #inleague || Support channel for [http://in.bzleague.com InterNational League (INLeague)] ''defunct''
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|-
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| ##openleague || Support channel for [http://openleague.net/ OpenLeague] ''defunct''
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|-
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| #pillbox || Support channel for [http://pillbox.bzleague.com/ Pillbox League (PBLeague)] ''defunct''
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|-
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| #plosileague || Support channel for [http://bzfx.net/league/ Plosileague] ''defunct''
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|-
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| #silvercat || Support channel for [http://silvercat.bzflag.org/ Silvercat BZFlag servers] ''defunct''
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|-
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| ##bzmatchball || Support channel for [http://bzmatchball.org/ BzMatchBall] ''defunct''
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|}
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When the Freenode Group Management System is implemented, channels with a single # will need to either register their organization with Freenode or rename to begin with ## (a "reference" channel, one that holds no legal claim to the name).
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=stormcenter.net=
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===Web IRC Interface===
An unofficial bzflag channel is run on irc.stormcenter.net
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The project provides a [http://my.BZFlag.org/irc/irc.cgi web based interface] to the main IRC channels. These are intended mostly for tech support issues, and the web interface is limited in the number of channels it can access.
* #bzflag (official support channel for [http://www.bztank.net BZtank] servers)
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=IRC Clients=
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==External links==
To access the IRC network you need to use an IRC client or [http://webchat.freenode.net/ Freenode's Webchat]. [http://irchelp.org/ IRChelp.org] is an excellent resource for more information on general IRC.
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http://my.BZFlag.org/irc/irc.cgi
  
=External links=
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http://irchelp.org/
*[http://irchelp.org/ IRC help docs]
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