Freenode has historically been the IRC network of choice for a ton of open source projects.
Using IRC, however, requires a pretty serious commitment. This means many people who use, or even contribute to open source projects with active Freenode communities, find themselves disconnected.
Interestingly, many of these IRC dodgers are fully committed to using a professional team chat service—Slack, for example.
Slack does have an IRC gateway, meaning you can access your Slack team from an IRC client, but it doesn’t work the other way around: you can’t follow a channel on Freenode from the Slack UI.
Our service Sameroom provides a simple way for setting this up.
- Step 1: Add your Slack and Freenode accounts to Sameroom;
- Step 2: From the Open-a-Tube page, select your Slack channel (create one first, if necessary) for Side A and Freenode channel for Side B.
If you don't see the Freenode channel, it might have the +s (secret) flag set—to handle this case, click the link below the search field and specify the channel name manually.
Once connected, you can configure the Tube from your manage page.
There are a number of posting options that can help you tune the way your messages look on either side of the Tube.