Since there have been a few episodes of SBN wonkiness lately [and a lot of new members] I thought I'd repost this. I'll try to remember to be in the chat room more often.
IRC is real time live chat. No graphics though, except ascii art, which for some people may be a good thing.
For those of you that are IRC savvy it's #TheCove on Dalnet
For the non IRC crowd here's a basic how-to:
1. To reach Dalnet you will need an IRC client. The most popular ones are: PC - mIRC Mac - XChat Aqua, Colloquy, or Ircle Linux - XChat or BitchX
2. Choose a nick name
3. Find the "servers" or "connections" menu. Make sure you select a Dalnet server. I use swiftco.wa.us.dal.net
4. Once you are on the network type /join #TheCove
Some IRC primers can be found: