Internet Relay Chat, or IRC, is one of the oldest chat protocols around and still popular in many open source communities. IRC’s best strengths are as a decentralized and open communication method, making it easy for anyone to participate by running a network of their own. There’s also a variety of clients and bots available for IRC. But on the reverse side, usability is a concern. Most common user interfaces for IRC clients or platforms aren’t always intuitive. People from parts of the world with unstable Internet connections are challenged with remaining connected to participate in conversation. Many people have tried addressing this problem before, but none have come as far as Riot.
This article is part of an ongoing series about how to earn specific Fedora badges. Learn more about the Speak Up! badge!
“Speak Up!”: What is it?
In short, the Speak Up! badge is awarded to anyone who says something in an official Fedora IRC meeting. A lot of important conversations and work in Fedora all happen in IRC, and meetings are the best time to get the pulse of a particular subgroup or team. It’s also a great time to introduce yourself to other contributors and begin moving towards becoming an active contributor. This badge is a great gateway towards earning many others!