Some servers are only active during certain times of the day. Moreover, different IRC servers have slightly different configurations, so incompatibility problems with some IRC software may arise. Before connecting to an IRC server, it is wise to find out what software the IRC server uses, when it is up, and what the rules are. Most large servers have this information posted on their Web pages.
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Some programs now offer actual video/voice contact, or "Internet teleconferencing," enabling users to bypass the keyboard. Information about these programs is available at http://www.lightning.net/www/wwwfaq.html [Inactive link].
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