You ever notice how many users in the IRC channel seem to always be online, yet when you speak to them, you may or may not get an answer? They do this by leaving a client connected all the time, whether or not they are sitting at the keyboard. This means that they can pick up the conversation when they return, and that other people can leave them messages.
One popular method of achieving this is with an IRC proxy. The proxy will connect to the IRC network using your account. You then connect to the proxy with any standard client and it will tell you what you missed while you were away. Our proxy also has advanced features, such as sending push notifications to iPhones.
The rules for using our proxy are simple:
Asshattery includes such things as violating Freenode policy (yes, I intend for you to click that link) or creating an account, then never using it. If you find yourself not using a proxy account, please hit the contact link and request removal. Violation of the above rules is repaid with a swift and enthusiastic LARTing.
Use these settings to configure your IRC client to connect to our proxy:
Server: lug.wsu.edu Port: 6666 SSL: on Server User: <your LUG website username> Server Password: <your LUG website password>
Some clients, such as Xchat require you to accept invalid SSL certificates since we use a self signed cert. If your client doesn't have a separate server username field, enter your server password as
<LUG website username>:<LUG website password>
The first time you connect, it may take 20 or 30 seconds to establish a connection with Freenode. Please be patient.
After you have connected to the proxy for the first time, you may configure your account below. Enter your lug.wsu.edu username and password when prompted.
If this page sits at a progress bar for an inordinate amount of time, that may indicate that you haven't accepted the SSL certificate. Please visit this page and accept the certificate permanently. Thereafter, the configuration popup should work correctly.