IRC is a place where people of all types go to chat and share files. IRC was very popular in the late 90s and early 00s for warez. It was also very popular for gaming clans to meet in order to coordinate themselves better.
These days, most social websites have a channel on some IRC network, even if it's not entirely obvious. IRC can be accessed through a web browser, making it seem as though it's just some sort of internal website chat, even though it's actually IRC based.
LURKMORE IRC Information
IRC network: irc.lurkmore.com Network Channel: #lurkmore.
The channels for each site are listed below. You can also get a full list of channels on the network by entering the command /list into your client.
#chanchan is the channel that chanchan moved to after it was decided that EnterTheGame was not a suitable network for the site. Since the birth of chanchan, the channel moved through six IRC networks until it reached the current one.
Currently, you will auto-connect to this channel when you join the network.
- Click to connect in your client: irc.lurkmore.com #chanchan
- Copy & paste into your client: /server -m irc.lurkmore.com -j #chanchan
#malegeneral is where fags used to hang out. At one point it became the most popular channel on the network because sites like Stickam killed the camwhore scene, and then 4chan came along and buried it with /soc/. A short while later, #malegeneral died thanks to 4chan continuing to kill the camwhore scene by also adding boards for faggots.
#tranchan is no longer in use.
mIRC is a great client for Windows (download mIRC here, install instructions in info.txt), though there are many more to choose from that may fit you better.
For Macs you can use Colloquy.
If you are using Linux and you can't figure it out, that's a shame.