IRC (Internet Relay Chat)
IRC services are provided for JOTA-JOTI by ScoutLink, a JOTA-JOTI Trusted Partner
This is the most popular form of online communication for JOTA-JOTI.
You can use IRC either through a mobile telephone app, using software on your computer, or through a webpage. Communication is text only, which means it is simple to use and also uses only minimal internet bandwidth; this makes IRC ideal for locations where internet bandwidth is limited.
The IRC services provided by ScoutLink operate all year, so before your JOTA-JOTI event it is a good idea to take a look at the system.
If you plan to have more than 30 computers connecting to IRC you are asked to contact ScoutLink beforehand via email@example.com
Conversations are in 'channels', with each channel being either for the language being spoken, or to discuss specific topics. The volunteers supporting ScoutLink during JOTA-JOTI will open more channels as required. This helps to ensure that each channel does not become too crowded.
A team of trained volunteers from ScoutLink monitor all the channels to ensure that discussions are appropriate and to provide help. You can obtain help either by visiting the #help channel or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The quickest way to connect to IRC is via our webchat, visit www.scoutlink.net/webchat or alternativly visit www.scoutlink.net/guides/irc for other platforms. You can download ScoutLink’s event guide[.pdf] from www.jotajoti.info/scoutlink-event-guide
Remember, there is no need to wait until your JOTA-JOTI event to become familiar with IRC.