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IRC (Internet Relay Chat) is used frequently by Team Fortress Wiki editors, moderators, and administrators to coordinate their Wiki efforts. The #tfwiki channel hosted on is the channel used most frequently.

Access to the channel is free for all users, and those who are not regularly active on the Wiki are encouraged to join the channel to collaborate with others. It may take some time for other users to notice you, so don't leave 10 seconds after saying "Hi".

The channel bot, Spacenet, has been configured to broadcast items on Special:RecentChanges to all users within the channel.

Additionally, users on the channel with "voice" (usually represented by a '+' or 'v' sign in front of their names) are staff members (mods/admins). Feel free to contact them in private if you have any concerns or need help.

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  1. Please always follow admin/mod instructions.
  2. The #tfwiki channel is primarily meant to help users edit, and discuss Wiki-related matters. While idle chatter is not prohibited or discouraged, it should not interfere with users actively trying to have Wiki-related discussions.
  3. Do not troll, denigrate, or otherwise insult users in the channel.
  4. Do not post links to obscene or NSFW (not safe for work) material in the channel.
  5. Do not flood the channel or cause spam of any type. If you need to post a long blob of text, use Pastebin.
  6. Do not impersonate admins, mods, or other users.
  7. Do not use bot-reserved highlights/stalk words (see below).
  8. Do not cause bot spam (the use of bot commands repeatedly, not necessarily by the same user, to the point where the conversation becomes meaningless or hard to follow).
  9. Speculation about upcoming content releases is permitted, as long as it doesn't get out of hand, e.g. declaring said speculation as factual information. Spoilers related to upcoming releases, even when unrelated to Team Fortress 2, are not permitted. Read the topic to find out the current standing regarding releases.
  10. People disrespecting any of these rules will be warned, kicked, muted, or banned, depending on the extent and repetitiveness of the offense.
  11. Be nice and have fun!


Discussion in the channel is also publicly logged. Logs can be viewed here. In addition to #tfwiki , the #tfwiki-rc channel can be used to monitor RCs without chatter; this channel also includes bot edits. Logs for this channel are available here, bypassing the need to actually be in the channel in order to follow the recent changes.

Any decisions made or "agreed to" in the channel should not always be considered definitive. The number of users who contribute to the Wiki but do not use the channel is high, and thus the discussion can exclude these contributors. Because of this, discussions that are of interest to everyone should take place on talk pages instead.

You can find a list of editors usually found on this channel here.

Highlights/Stalk tags

Highlight keywords, or stalk tags are simple little keywords. Users can set their IRC client to beep whenever those words are contained within a message.

Misuse of a keyword is a kickable/bannable offense; this includes "testing" their usage.

The following keywords are defined:

  • ~tf2update: Posted by the bot Spacenet whenever the TF2 blog has been updated or a patch has been posted. Should not be used by anyone else.
    • ~tf2blogupdate: Posted by the bot Spacenet whenever the TF2 blog has been updated. Should not be used by anyone else.
    • ~tf2patch: Posted by the bot Spacenet whenever a TF2 patch has been released. Should not be used by anyone else.
    • ~tf2schema: Posted by the bot Spacenet whenever the TF2 schema has been updated. Should not be used by anyone else.
  • ~staff: Highlights all staff members currently present in the channel. Can be used whenever asking for help that requires staff intervention or permissions (deletions, protected page editing, etc.) Use conservatively.
  • ~loc-xx: Highlights all translators of the language "xx" (ru, fr, es, de, etc.) who have opted to listen to this stalk tag. Can be used whenever help is needed regarding articles in a particular language.
  • ~spam: Flags down staff to deal with spambots.


Any user can register with NickServ. This preserves your nick and protects it from hijacking. See /msg nickserv help register while connected to the IRC server for more info. Registration is required for Cloaks.


All editors that have an IRC nickname registered with NickServ can request a cloak. Which allows you to hide your IP address and identify yourself as a member of the Wiki.

Please post cloak requests to the talk page.

Popular Clients

See also: Comparison of IRC clients (Wikipedia)

Desktop clients

  • HexChat – Fork of X-Chat providing free binaries for Windows and Linux
  • ChatZilla - Available on all platforms (free, open source); See also: Guide to running ChatZilla without Firefox (using XULRunner)
  • Kiwi IRC - Web based client used for the Chat Now button. Open source and supports non-Libera networks.
  • HydraIRC – Windows (free, open source)
  • Colloquy – Mac OS X (free)
  • KVIrc – Windows, Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OS X (free, open source)
  • Irssi – Windows, Linux (free, open source)
  • Nettalk – Windows (free, open source)
  • WeeChat - Free, open source (under GPLv3 license) Mac OS X & Linux client (Windows via cygwin is also possible)
  • Smuxi - Free for Windows, OS X, Linux, etc. (based on Gnome / GTK+ )

Mobile clients

  • Revolution IRC - Android (free, open source)
  • IRCCloud - Available on iPhone and Android (free, but has a premium option)

Best of

Main article: IRC Hall of Fame

External links