Every forum has a channel where you can talk with other people who are on the same forum. Many web pages with the large following have their channels for talking, and some of them have software that allows them to run several channels without any issues. That is only possible through well-designed Internet Relay Chat software.
Now, the creation of decent IRC software isn’t something that everyone can do. Yes, people do create IRC software and rent it to parties, but that costs as the programmer require some code writing skills to create a chat that works without issues.
The elements of a perfect Internet Relay Chat
IRC has a single-line structure where the software receives the message and then sends it to the chat and every other person receives them. It also catches the copies of the messages others send and display them to you. The nature of the IRC makes it impossible to automate the system fully, and thus users have to use “/” to issue specific commands. An individual who understands how command structure works can modify their requests and that is something you want from an admin aka the person who oversees the channel.
All communication on IRC software goes through channels. Moderators keep those channels up, and they are there to address any issues that the users might face. Users have to use commands to join a channel and to request additional info or other stuff. You will find that there are local channels (&) and network-wide channels (#). Other channels exist, but they are relatively rare as some of them have time stamp while others don’t have operators (moderators).
Modes are an essential part of the IRC. These commands allow the operator and the users to change their modes. These commands are activated through letters and the same letter can have two different commands depending on whether the command is issued for the channels or a user. For example “I” command will make the user invisible to others on the channel while the same command will make the channel invitation only.
IRC can be unpleasant software to work with
If you use poorly-designed IRC software, then don’t expect it to perform at its full potential. Software that isn’t good won’t deliver and receive messages that users send. It’s better to spend some more money and rent decent IRC software than to keep the cheap one running and have an extended downtime to keep channels from misbehaving.