Teach me your ways, please! I *like* IRC, but 9 time out of 10, when I show up to an IRC channel, it seems dead/abandoned—even the ones with dozens of people signed in have few to zero responses to any given comment or question.
In contrast, even simple questions on here or a (decent) subreddit seem to get far more of a response, and frequently from people who seem pretty knowledgable. So what's the secret to getting more out of IRC
Maybe that's been my problem—I stick around for a bit, but certainly not for days. I tend to conclude that, once my question or comment is ~2 screens off the page, that it's not likely anyone will scroll back up that far to see it (and re-asking feels rude). So I tend to give up and wander off after an hour or so.
But I don't actually log out—maybe I should SSH into my WeeChat server and see if any of my questions got answered after I wandered off…
Sometimes, you just have to find the right channel (which may be on another network!). For example, my go-to channel for systems programming help happens to be a channel registered for a browser game. IRC lets you find that single person on earth who can unblock you the most effectively, whereas most other platforms will represent the "average person".
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