I wanted to share a helpful resource with the community about a great way to use IRC. For anyone familiar with IRC, we know its strengths and also its weaknesses, especially for people who are just getting involved with open source for the first time. Over the past year, a new protocol called Matrix has been developed with a front-end client called Riot. It integrates easily with various IRC networks, offering a bouncer-like service and a friendly, easy-to-use interface for various platforms.
You can check out more about Riot and see how to use it in the following article on Opensource.com:
Hope some people find this useful! Thought I would share it. :) Even if you're already using your own IRC setup, the work going on with Matrix / Riot is still cool to read about. :) Feel free to share this with anyone who might find it useful too.