The IRC (Internet Relay Chat) Server irc.freenode.net provides several channels where people interested in XRI and other identity technologies meet and discuss issues revolving around XRI, I-Names, I-Services etc. To access an IRC server, you need a client software like mIRC.
Server: irc.freenode.net Port: 6667 Channels: #xri, #identity, #openid
If you already have an IRC client installed, you can click on the following link to join the #xri channel: irc://irc.freenode.net/#xri
We operate a bot (i.e. an automated program) named XRIBot in these channels. This bot can basically perform the same functions as the various XRI client tools on this website. Here is a list of commands the bot understands:
!hi Say hello to the bot. !help Ask the bot for a command list, or for specific help on a command. !inspect Displays syntax information about an XRI. !ping Shows the URI(s) to which an XRI resolves. !traceroute Shows the individual steps during XRI resolution. !resolve Perform detailled resolution according to your parameters. !openid Shows OpenID endpoint(s) of an XRI. !contact Shows Contact Service endpoint(s) of an XRI. !forwarding Shows Forwarding Service endpoint(s) of an XRI.