We have a WHATWG room in the Matrix network, and an older #whatwg channel on the Freenode IRC network. Join us!

Note that if you ask a question in either of those places, it might take a while to get a reply. It can pay off to stick around for a couple of hours or more.

We are committed to providing a friendly, safe, and welcoming environment for all. So please read the WHATWG Code of Conduct and respect it when participating in discussions.

Getting Started With Matrix

A quick way to get started is by opening the WHATWG room launch page, which will prompt you to choose a Matrix client to connect from. Choosing the Element web app will let you connect to the room right way, directly from your browser. Or you can choose from any of the available Matrix desktop clients and native mobile apps.

Getting Started With IRC

The simplest way to get started with IRC, if you are not familiar, is by signing up for a free IRCCloud account. Once you've done that, you should be logged in to the Freenode server by default. All you'll have to do is join the #whatwg channel. If you tell your browser to use IRCCloud for irc:// links, then just clicking this link should also take you there. In order to join the channel, you will need to register your nick on Freenode.

In view of ongoing spam messaging on Freenode, we highly suggest you set your mode to +r in order to block unregistered users from sending you messages.


Chat logs can be found in the following places:


To leave a message on the #whatwg IRC channel to someone who is offline, you can do:

   botie, inform <nick> [that|to|about] <message>

Source/docs for botie is at https://github.com/w3c/infobot

If you want to run a bot, let us know. If they are useful, e.g., providing logging facilities, then they are more than welcome.