IRC

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Some of the flashrom developers and users hang out in the #flashrom channel on the Freenode IRC network. If you don't have an IRC client, you can use the freenode webchat.

Here you have the chance to talk to people being involved or interested in this project. Most of the discussion is tech talk and user help.

The channel is muted for unregistered users due to spam. To overcome this, please register your nickname on freenode. Another option is to message a channel operator, but waiting for a reply may take longer than registering on freenode.

Do note that IRC's nature has a significant effect on conversations. People from all over the world can join this channel, with many different cultures and timezones. Most people are in the CET timezone, so the channel may be very quiet during CET nighttime.

If you have a problem and would like to get help, don't ask for help. Instead, just explain your problem right away, and make sure to describe the situation as much as possible, so that other people can understand you and provide meaningful answers. Otherwise, others have to ask or guess the details of your problem, which is frustrating for both parties.

If you receive no replies, please be patient. After all, silence is better than getting replied with "IDK". Frequently, somebody knows the answer, but hasn't checked IRC yet. In any case, please do not leave the channel while waiting for an answer! Since IRC does not store messages, replying to somebody who left the channel is impossible.

To have persistence on IRC, you can set up an IRC bouncer like ZNC, or use IRCCloud. Please do not publish any logs of this channel.

Most of the time, people use IRC on wider-than-tall screens. Because of this, consider that pressing the return key is expensive. Instead of sending lots of tiny messages with only about two words, prefer using longer sentences, spaces and punctuation symbols. If reading and understanding your messages is easy, replying to them is also easy.

Should you need to paste lots of text (more than three lines), please use a paste service. For flashrom logs, feel free to use paste.flashrom.org. Other good paste services are ix.io, paste.rs, bpaste.net, gist.github.com and dpaste.com.

Questions on coreboot, OpenBIOS, firmware and related topics are welcome in #coreboot on the same server.