IRC Now

IRC for Human Beings

We don't need IRCv3. Unlike IRCv3, IRC Now is about adding all the features that normal human beings care about -- all without changing a single iota to the current IRC standard.

Why IRC?

We all love IRC, but it hasn't improved much since it was first invented in 1988. As of 2019, IRC is still incredibly hard for average people to use. It's for this reason that the IRC community has lost over 95% of its users to proprietary software like discord and slack.

Why not IRCv3?

IRCv3 doesn't solve any of the major flaws with IRC. As of 2019, IRCv3 still:
  1. Does not provide an easy way to upload a file in-band to a public channel (you can't share code snippets, photos, or videos with your irc client, you need to use a web browser)
  2. Does not sync messages properly on phones (messages are often lost or repeated)
  3. Does not provide recipient confirmations for when a message is delivered (echo-message only provides server confirmations, not recipient confirmations)
  4. Does not provide buddy lists
  5. Does not provide HTTP tunneling to bypass firewalls
  6. Cannot handle frequent disconnects from mobile clients
  7. Cannot handle audio/video calls
  8. Does not provide a standardized registration interface
We plan to add these necessary features while still maintaining backwards compatibility with all existing irc clients and servers. If you are interested, please join our network at irc.ircnow.org. You are free to share this document for any purpose without a fee: see our license.