Internet Relay Chat is a worldwide text chat service with many thousands of users among various irc networks.
The Freenode IRC network has a #haskell channel, with a high water mark of 276 concurrent clients, as of November 2006. One famous resident is Lambdabot.
The IRC channel can be an excellent place to learn more about Haskell, and to just keep in the loop on new things in the Haskell world. Many new developments in the Haskell world first appear on the irc channel.
1 Getting there
If you point your irc client to chat.freenode.net and then join the #haskell channel, you'll be there.
Example, using irssi:
$ irssi -c chat.freenode.org -n myname -w mypassword /join #haskell
and you're there.
The #haskell channel is a friendly, welcoming place to hang out, teach and learn. The goal of #haskell is to encourage learning and discussion of Haskell, functional programming, and programming in general. As part of this we welcome newbies, and encourage teaching of the language.
Part of the #haskell success comes from the approach that the community is quite tight knit -- we know each other -- it's not just a homework channel. As a result, many collaborative projects have arisen between #haskell citizens.
The #haskell channel appeared in the late 90s, and really got going in early 2001, with the help of Shae Erisson (aka shapr).
A fairly extensive analysis of the traffic on #haskell over the years is kept here
4 Related channels
In addition to the main Haskell channel there are also:
|#haskell.ru||Russian speakers. Seems that most of them migrated to Jabber conference (firstname.lastname@example.org)|
|#haskell-blah||Haskell people talking about anything except Haskell itself|
|#gentoo-haskell||Gentoo/Linux specific Haskell conversations|
|#darcs||Darcs revision control channel (written in Haskell)|
|#perl6||Perl 6 development (plenty of Haskell chat there too)|
Logs are kept at a few places, including