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Mibbit has a clean UI, doesn't require any plugins and has an embed feature.


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I have used the 3 preceding solutions, however I found that http://webchat.freenode.net/ seems to have the slickest (read:minimalist) interface and best feature set.


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I have used CGI::IRC installed on my own server to access IRC. It's not perfect, but it works and is free :)


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I spotted this off my twitter stream: IRC Cloud. The service is still in Beta, and I'm still waiting for my invite, so I cannot say how good the service is, or whether or not it will support freenode. You can keep track of it via their twitter stream.


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There's IRClog, which keeps logs of popular servers where the subject is computers, but the logs end a few years ago, so it looks like they did not keep it going for long.


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Menu (top left corner) > Options > Hide Joins/Parts/Quits. You can also try some desktop IRC client.


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Kiwi IRC dev hereā€”the network tabs not closing when you issue a /quit is a known bug right now and should be fixed soon. It will most likely in the next release in the upcoming week, which includes closing networks via the UI also.


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The biggest index of public IRC logs is over at http://www.irseek.com/ and honestly it's not that great (the only other contender I can think of, IRClog, has already been mentioned I see). If you are looking for some recommendations for parsing your own IRC channel logs, let me know and I can help you with that.


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Commands usually have a slash in front and channels a hash in front. If you are connected to IRC, then to join a channel you would type: /join #super-fancy-channel


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Not exactly what you are looking for, but you might want to check Lumberjack It's not hosted, but once it's installed it allows you to log IRC activity into a database and search for keywords.


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Not sure if you are still looking, but I actually headed development on LogSmurf for this exact purpose. Feel free to search & submit IRC logs there, and if you notice any bugs it would be much appreciated to send some feedback.


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You could use the official web client http://webchat.freenode.net/


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A newer tool I've run into is called Alice, which has a really nice and simple UI. If you don't want to run your own they're working on a hosted version.



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