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Unofficial Brickset IRC channel

paul_mertonpaul_merton Member Posts: 2,967
edited August 2013 in Community and Events
(With Huw's permission, I'm throwing this idea around to see if there's any interest in using IRC to chat about Lego-related topics in realtime.)

I've created a #brickset channel on if anyone would like to join.

I use IRC all the time, so I thought it would be interesting to see whether anyone else from the forum is interested in this kind of thing. It might not take off, but if it does I think it would be pretty cool. AFOLs seem to be a bit geekier than average, so it might work... :)

mIRC or xchat are probably the most popular IRC clients if you intend on loitering in the channel all day, or there's a convenient web client at

Please note this is not an official Brickset thing, but as I've only mentioned it here, the channel will probably only include Bricksetters.


  • BastaBasta Member Posts: 1,259
    Lol, way to take me back to the nineties. It was the place to download MP3's back in the day :)
  • CCCCCC Member Posts: 20,526
    It's not for me, simply because discussion can already be fragmented over and To add a third channel just means you know you have seen something somewhere, but cannot find it.
  • graphitegraphite Member Posts: 3,275
    ^ But since it isn't officially affiliated with Brickset means people could have some of those heated off-topic discussions in real time.
  • CCCCCC Member Posts: 20,526
    ^ Yeah, so long as discussions here don't refer to there.
  • graphitegraphite Member Posts: 3,275
    ^ Yup. It would be the end of the world if someone was out of the loop on the off topic discussion.
  • khmellymelkhmellymel Member Posts: 1,313
    IRC! That's like...

    IRC! *is amazed that people still know what that is*
  • paul_mertonpaul_merton Member Posts: 2,967
    Reliving the old skool, yo :)
  • augenaugen Member Posts: 317
    I started using IRC again last year after almost a 5 year hiatus. Some networks have died, but others are thriving. It's still a great medium and fits in rather well with the old school values on this forum.
  • HobHob Member Posts: 223
    Good speaking with you guys will come back when I can.
  • rocaorocao Administrator Posts: 4,290
    8 of us chatting at the moment. Down from our peak of... 9 :P
  • murphquakemurphquake Member Posts: 651
    stay away we're trouble! good group of peeps, been enjoying the room
  • graphitegraphite Member Posts: 3,275
    ^ Yeah was great fun watching you guys disconnect and reconnect for hours on end.
  • murphquakemurphquake Member Posts: 651
    hey i said hi to you @graphite
  • paul_mertonpaul_merton Member Posts: 2,967
    edited February 2014
    Gosh, looks like the IRC channel has been going for over 6 months now.... and there are still people in it! :)

    There have been over 20,000 lines of chat in that period.
  • graphitegraphite Member Posts: 3,275
    ^ of actual chat? or does that log include the connect/disconnect?
  • paul_mertonpaul_merton Member Posts: 2,967
    edited February 2014
    16,000 normal messages (i.e. <nick> message)
  • murphquakemurphquake Member Posts: 651
    lol @graphite.. you popped in and then ran away when we talked to you Matt =-D We get some good convo going here and there... there's about 5 regular members and we've been as high as 9 in the past couple weeks.
  • graphitegraphite Member Posts: 3,275
    ^ I did IRC constantly for probably 8 years through college and a few years after but just don't sit at my computer for more than a few minutes at a time anymore.
  • paul_mertonpaul_merton Member Posts: 2,967
    Yearly-bump: The Brickset IRC channel is still going after a year and a half, so feel free to come and loiter with us! Some times are livelier than others, but with more people from other time zones, who knows what might happen! I think most of us are from either the UK or US currently.

    #brickset on
  • NeilCrosbyNeilCrosby Member Posts: 77
    /me waves.

    Paul's right - it's lovely in here. Often quiet, but _you_ can change that by coming and saying hello.
  • abordoliabordoli Member Posts: 131
    I did a test join and found two members camped out. Wanted to get a feel for the vibe before I re-installed my actual IRC client.
  • abordoliabordoli Member Posts: 131
    Not sure if this IRC channel was more "hopping" in the past, but from experience, I know that what drives participators to such things is an adoption by devs/admins/mods/power-users/reviewers, etc.
  • paul_mertonpaul_merton Member Posts: 2,967
    I think Slack is the new IRC now!
  • abordoliabordoli Member Posts: 131
    edited January 2018
    The one that I am in has GeekDude and sid3windr. Is there new channel?

    I also wanted to chime-in on the posts above like:
    "It's not for me, simply because discussion can already be fragmented over and To add a third channel just means you know you have seen something somewhere, but cannot find it."

    -If it were on Discord it would be easily searchable...and Discord does not mean that anyone has to use a mic. Text is fine. IRC clients keep searchable logs. Also, "keeping up" isn't necessarily the goal of real-time-chat-apps...It's so much more about "Joining the Conversation" and "Making new Friends" with common interests. ;p
  • snowhitiesnowhitie Member Posts: 3,078
    edited January 2018
    I had no idea this existed! You learn some new every day :)

  • abordoliabordoli Member Posts: 131
    I had to really dig to find it. It might liven up if it were promoted more... ;P
  • abordoliabordoli Member Posts: 131
    I re-installed my client and am a permanent resident of the chat channel. Hit me up anytime for chat.
  • MaffyDMaffyD Member Posts: 3,500
    Discord would be easier. I’m on Discord for a number of games/hobbies and adding another server to my list would be really simple. But doesn’t someone have to host it?
  • sid3windrsid3windr Member Posts: 1,460
    ^ Opposite for me, I'm not on Discord but am on 12 or so IRC servers.. ;-) So yea, we're kind of just idling in there most of the time.
  • carbon60carbon60 Member Posts: 10
    We've moved.  New details are below:

    Channel: #brickset

  • HuwHuw Administrator Posts: 7,076
    Is it used?
  • bricktuarybricktuary Member Posts: 986
  • carbon60carbon60 Member Posts: 10
    Huw said:
    Is it used?

    It is typical IRC, long periods of idling with sporadic activity.
  • ModeltrainmanModeltrainman Member Posts: 1,191
    How do I join?

  • carbon60carbon60 Member Posts: 10
    How do I join?

    Easiest way would be to use Libera Chat's web chat:

    Pick a nickname and put #brickset as the channel then click Start.
  • pxchrispxchris Member Posts: 2,343
    edited August 2021
    Holy flashbacks batman... 

    Nowadays probably should have a Discord channel if anything...
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