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The department's IRC server is located at
irc.cs.nmt.edu:6697. For those new to IRC, hexchat is a good client.
The department hosts an IRC bouncer (ZNC) at https://znc.cs.nmt.edu. An IRC bouncer enables you to stay logged into IRC servers regardless of whether your client is online or not. Wikipedia has a more in depth description.
You can log into ZNC with two different passwords:
Since some IRC clients store passwords in plain text, it's generally a good idea to use something other than you