a LONG time ago we used to have an IRC chat channel for the Vortex...
Figured I'd give it a go.
Direct Mibbit Client
or try this:
http://www.geekshed.net/chat/ (doesn't seem to like Chrome though)
when it launches, put in your name and type:
hit enter, and you'll arrive.
Additionally, you can sign up for a mibbit account (which is free)
Once in there, click 'Channels' at the top.
Put "irc.geekshed.net" for the server and "#tcl" for the channel and check 'auto-connect'.
Then click Connect Now.
Then 'save and close'
When you use mibbit.com/chat you get to see the topic and you can customize everything however you like. Also, if you don't want to see the ads... adblock on Chrome and Firefox block them. It's a simple google banner ad.
If Mibbit chat isn't working try:
The Mibbit Widget (advanced IRC commands don't work with the widget)
type irc.geekshed.net for server
type #tcl for channel
You can change your nick by typing: /nick WhateverYouWant
You can register your nick in the Chatroom by typing: /msg NickServ register Password YourEmailAddress.
If you'd like to download an IRC client, check here for a comparison:
I personally use xchat.org, Trillian or mIRC
so, just read them
basically, don't flood the chatroom
don't try to pad the stats server by posting useless crap
Don't be a jerk