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New Poll - IRC Usage
Our member rincewind1990 suggested that we do an IRC poll again. It's been almost exactly 2 years since the last one (with 30.6% not even knowing what IRC is). So 2 years later, how has it declined? For me personally, I almost never log in anymore...

You can submit poll ideas here (and try to keep them manga/anime-related)

Previous Poll Results:
Question: Main web browser
Internet Explorer 7 - votes: 144 (0.7%)
Internet Explorer 8 - votes: 98 (0.5%)
Internet Explorer 9 - votes: 51 (0.3%)
Internet Explorer 10 - votes: 68 (0.3%)
Internet Explorer 11 - votes: 274 (1.4%)
Mozilla Firefox - votes: 10009 (50.1%)
Google Chrome - votes: 7825 (39.1%)
Safari - votes: 635 (3.2%)
Opera - votes: 730 (3.7%)
Other - votes: 158 (0.8%)
There were 19992 total votes.
The poll ended: December 21st 2013

If we ever do this poll again, I'll combine all the IE choices together. Interestingly enough, all the IE votes equal all the Safari votes. And Opera unexpectedly beats both of them, which really surprises me because no one I know uses Opera.

I'm curious about Safari. Does that mean that most of our users don't use Macs? Or does it mean that the Mac users don't use Safari?
Posted by lambchopsil on December 21st 9:19am Comments ( 32 )  [ View ]  [ Add ]

» BedrosBoost on December 21st, 2013, 2:23am

Ah the good ol' days of IRC. Now it's pretty hard to find a good place to discuss certain chapters of manga.


» destroyer_ck on December 21st, 2013, 2:54am

used to be downloading from lurk before it's dead
and now, download from there when looking for older release or can't be found via http

but, if there're discussion in the group and it seemed interesting, i usually jump in into the discussion.

no more REALLY chatting using it though.
currently whatsapp, bbm, wechat, line, etc are ruling for chatting world.


» strixflash on December 21st, 2013, 3:11am

I used to use IRC in the past but no longer...


» dalek on December 21st, 2013, 3:29am

I was between "Have never used IRC before" and 'What is IRC?'. But since I didn't even know what it is (but I see a lot of groups have it, so it must be useful) and only imagined it was some sort of chat (had to google to be sure), I voted "What is IRC?".


» tsuto on December 21st, 2013, 3:53am

Used to, but not anymore, but more likely because I don't really have time to do it anymore.


» deadphoenix on December 21st, 2013, 4:09am

I used in the past when it was build in in Opera, but they kicked that function out. So I'm not using it any more. Cloud services are a better alternative for downloading manga.

It's also annoying that you need to use separate software for it.

I hope groups will also release more frequently on a website than on irc.

Talking on irc was also really nice, but lately I use the chat box that is build in websites or in an online game. cool


» kaloo on December 21st, 2013, 9:54pm

I know. I loved Opera with its built in everything. It was a bummer when IRC got cut, and it was depreciated way before that.


» tactics on December 21st, 2013, 4:32am

Every day.

'tis how I communicate with the scanlation groups I work with.


» gwkimmy on December 21st, 2013, 5:21am

recently the members of an old forum i used to frequent plus the members of an inactive scanlation group i used to be affiliated with had a reunion of sorts on irc and it was great! biggrin everyone had to re-register their nicknames and everything, the channel itself even had to be re-registered, lol.

i miss irc. it was so useful and fun. i barely have time to log in anymore, even on my phone ;/


» 狂気 on December 21st, 2013, 5:30am

I do use it, although as my computer time have went down quite a bit my IRC time is also much less. And sure, it's not as popular as it used to be and many of my favourite channels have long since died. I don't use the modern alternatives to social media.


» pyonk on December 21st, 2013, 7:34am

Ahh... IRC...
I used to download a lot from Shoujomagic.
That was good old days indeed.
Random chatting with strangers in IRC.. and those silly quiz in forum. Fufufu~
Last time I download something via IRC channel was in 2008 or early 2009 I believe.
It's been more than 4 years last time I log in IRC.


» KaoriNite on December 21st, 2013, 8:38am

i've heard of it just because i've been on this website for a few years, but still don't really have a clue as to how it works


» Syphilis on December 21st, 2013, 9:16am

IRC is still useful, although I usually just lurk and occasionally download via XDCC.
It's somewhat disappointing that so many people don't even know what IRC is.


» asdfffdsa on December 21st, 2013, 10:13am

I'm confused by the people that say they don't have enough time for it anymore since it would seem to me that the normal usage of IRC is to idle 98% of the time and only jump into the conversation as needed (e.g. maybe glance at it a few times a day and send a few messages). You can't really sustain an IRC community without idling like this (this is why jumping into an IRC channel and asking a question like "anyone here?" and then leaving 5 minutes later is so crazy). The only IRC channels that are constantly booming are those with a fresh infusion of unemployed youngsters or those populated by people with relaxed, sedentary jobs (pretty rare in this day).

Of course using what's known as a "BNC" (a "bouncer") will make this most convenient. This allows your IRC session to stay persistent (you never actually leave the network or miss a message) and then you "attach" to that IRC session from anywhere (say through your mobile phone or at work). Once you "attach" you see the IRC client as if you were never disconnected (because in truth you've never actually have). Here's a good one that works with Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android:

Another option is to setup an ssh server, but that's significantly more complicated.


» licorice on December 21st, 2013, 10:22am

I use it every day. It's fun to chat with fellow scanlators and readers. It's also very convenient. IRC-only groups are scarce which is really too bad. It isn't difficult to learn, but many find it troublesome. Or they're lazy.

Also, I don't understand people who say they "have no time". Do you read manga on your computer? Do you use FB and other social media? Give me a break.


» tsuto on December 21st, 2013, 4:08pm

Quote from asdfffdsa
I'm confused by the people that say they don't have enough time for it anymore since it would seem to me that the normal usage of IRC is to idle 98% of the time and only jump into the conversation as needed (e.g. maybe glance at it a few times a day and send a few messages).

Quote from TKS
Also, I don't understand people who say they "have no time". Do you read manga on your computer? Do you use FB and other social media? Give me a break.

Well, since it's an excuse it isn't meant for people to understand, I don''t really know exactly why I stopped using it, but certainly I don't have as much as free time as I used to, and a part of that free time was used to hang around some IRC channels. If I were get rid of the excuse I would simply say I just stopped using it and don't have enough motivation to use it anymore.

@asdffdsa: I pretty much agree with all you say, I apologize for confusing you and I know I have no excuse!

@TKS: Yes, I read manga in my computer, yes, I use Facebook. And then, open your hands and be ready to receive your break, here it goes! (/me sends a maybe awaited or maybe not break for TKS)


» T1 on December 26th, 2013, 4:54am

Yes, it's the one with why people can read lots of manga but not scanlate any. wink They don't got time.

So what would people do if suddenly all online readers die and no group is allowed to distribute manga on their sites so they move to irc only releases? embarrassed

(I hope it happens soon biggrin)


» Anima on December 21st, 2013, 10:27am

Back in the day, lurked 24/7 when every team follow had an irc channel. and who can forget the glory days of gotlurk.


» makoz on December 21st, 2013, 1:00pm

ah gotlurk, fond memories.

I use it occasionally to download stuff. It's not hard to use and I only use a few functions (register/identify/join/search/find/get/msg commands), that's it.


» annebel on December 21st, 2013, 10:38am

I use IRC only to download anime episodes. The download frequency is pretty high, in no time the episodes are on my computer, dl via http hosters bothers me. Also I'm afraid of dl via torrent because of the upload share that is forbidden. I was captured few years ago with dl popular music via torrent and had to pay a fine to Sony Music.


» Identity Crisis on December 21st, 2013, 2:52pm

I leave my client on in the background with a single channel up. It has uses, but I was never a fan of it.


» BlackOrion on December 21st, 2013, 4:17pm

I only use it to get IRC only releases like RedHawk's Beelzebub.


» silent killer on December 21st, 2013, 6:31pm

I suppose technically I still use irc, since uses some poor, shitty custom version for their chat window.


» T1 on December 26th, 2013, 4:56am

...and still you are there with us watching Log Horizon. Akatsuki hnnnnnggg (^.^)-b


» taketori on December 22nd, 2013, 5:16pm

It's pretty sad to see this decline of IRC knowledge/usage. I use it to communicate in scanlation groups but it's also a lot of fun just to talk to people. Communities built around groups are great and the real-time conversations in IRC make it feel more personal.


» kevdeluxe on December 24th, 2013, 4:55pm

I stopped using IRC when #lurk died.


» T1 on December 26th, 2013, 4:57am

It kinda died when online readers gained ground. You see, there was no need for it anymore.


» Petrushka on December 24th, 2013, 10:54pm

I'm still using it everyday. Although I just idle. But in IRC, there's a lot of game that can be played biggrin


» Kurapica on December 25th, 2013, 8:57am

I still use irc once in a while to download manga and anime.


» TaoPaiPai on December 26th, 2013, 6:33am

I use it every day
not really for downloading...thats just a bonus
more to chat with friends/get new friends the hell can anyone miss #lurk
is it the idiotic conversations? the constant whining about funds?the not working properly bots?the slow as snails bots? the not updated pages? millions of millions of popups? porn banners?

alot better mangabot channels are out there that never ask for money
and good manga ftps are easier to find on irc


» Alwerien on December 27th, 2013, 7:24am

I still use IRC almost everyday, mostly to chat with friends that do too. But not really in relation to manga as many of the scanlation groups channels are dead no (I still visit some though).... It's a very convenient alternative to torrents when it comes to anime though.


» Petrushka on January 24th, 2014, 4:29am

I only online in Rizon network. Only idling though..... roll


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