If our on-site chat client just doesn't cut it, you can access our chat rooms through most of the free IRC clients found on the web.
Below is a short list of applications and the best ways we've found to authenticate with our server.
This feature-rich client is the standard on windows. http://www.mirc.com/get.html
To Authenticate: Under "Connect" enter your username from the site. Choose "Servers" from the list on the left. Click "Add." Enter mychannel.jtvirc.com as the IRC Server and in the "Password" box enter the same password you use for Justin.tv in your web browser. Click "Add." Click "Select." Click "Connect to server." Now you can join 'mychannel' and chat
The standard for Mac users with an easy-to-use interface. http://colloquy.info/downloads.html
To Authenticate: Create a new connection. Enter your justin.tv username in the "Nickname" box. In the "Chat Server" box, type mychannel.jtvirc.com. Check the "Remember this connection" box, and press the arrow next to "Details". The "Chat Server Port" box should show "6667". In the "Username" box enter your justin.tv username once again. In the "Server Password" box, type in the same password you use for Justin.tv in your web browser. Click "Connect". To join a channel's chat, click "Join". From here you can type the name of the channel you would like to join ('mychannel').
A very straight-forward application with linux support. http://www.xchat.org/download/
To Authenticate: Under "User Information", type your Justin.tv username into all of the boxes. Click "Add" under "Networks", and type in a name for this connection ("Justin.tv" for example). Next, click "Edit". Under the "Servers for..." box click "Edit". Change "newserver/6667" to mychannel.jtvirc.com. In the "Server password" enter the same password you use for Justin.tv in your web browser. Click "Close" and then click "Connect". You can now join a channel by typing the name of the channel into the "Join this channel" box.
A plug-in for the flexible Firefox web browser. http://chatzilla.hacksrus.com/
To Authenticate: simply enter "/server mychannel.jtvirc.com:6667 username irc_password" into the bottom of the window.
Unix based console version of an IRC client. Not suggested for new users. http://irssi.org/download
To Authenticate: In the command line, enter "/set user_name username" "/connect mychannel.jtvirc.com 6667 password username" when you are ready to go.
Chat rooms are moderated to provide a clean chatting environment. Currently our chat rooms are moderated by volunteer fans taking their own time to regulate, but really, self-moderation is the responsibility of everyone. In the future we will have a more standardized system for moderating chat.
Inappropriate chat behavior includes all forms of spam, excessive profanity (any profanity in moderated chat), and any derogatory or racial comment or activity. Depending on the severity of the violation, moderators have the discretion to either kick you from the room temporarily or ban you from chat all together.
Type the following key commands for some fun emotions in chat!