The main error newbies commit on irc, is to ask a question and then leave.
If you want to get an answer to your question on IRC, keep your irc window open. It doesn't cost anything. Just leave your irc window open always, just like emacs.
The second main newbie error is to ask to ask. You're here to ask questions, so just ask them (and then wait for an anwer!).
There is a lisp channel at Freenode (formerly the Open Projects Network) where several lispers waste time. It's an excellent place to share stories from the trenches, get help from experienced lispers and chat about things lispers care about. To log on, connect to irc.freenode.net (or use the alias irc.lisp.se). There exists a highly opinionated guide to setting up Lisp here (archived from the original; original link is down).
The following channels are concerned mostly by Common Lisp (some discussion about historical lisps may be allowed).
If you're interested in scheme try #scheme, in clojure try #clojure, in emacs lisp try #emacs.
#clnoobs Common Lisp noob questions answered here!
The #lisp channel is logged. Logs are available in a plain text format here and here, as well as in interactive webpage format here. An infobot bot called minion (part of cl-irc) is in the channel, logging and helping to remember things. It also has a bit of an attitude. An infobot called specbot is in the channel, and can help with searching the Hyperspec - try saying "clhs [query]" for making a query in the Hyperspec
#lispcafe is a less formal channel for lisp-oriented discussion, socialization, community support at all levels of experience. Gurus and newbie lispers are welcome alike, as is any lisp dialect and probably other languages as well (whereas #lisp is a place for high-level discussion by experienced Lisp programmers). We just ask that you be cool to each other.
Note: #cl-gardeners, which belonged to the Common Lisp Gardeners Project, is now defunct and has merged with #lispcafe.
#lispweb is for Web Applications developped in lisp.
#lisp-lab: it's like Math Lab or Spanish Lab, but for Lisp (any Lisp) --- connecting lispers of various experience levels for questions-and-answers, tutoring, and general discussion.
If you want to discuss some other lisp than Common Lisp, then you can go to ##lisp.
#Lisp.Fi is a channel for Finnish Lisp users in IRCNet network. We welcome all Lisp newbies and gurus alike from every dialect of Lisp family to join us and have nice discussions.
#lisp-fr est un canal pour les utilisateurs de Lisp francophones, sur le réseau IRCNet. Tous les utilisateurs de tous les dialectes de Lisp, aussi bien débutants qu'experts, sont invité se joindre à nos discussions. S'il n'y a personne sur #lisp-fr, vous pouvez appeler quelques francophones sur #lisp ;-)
#lisp-it is a low-traffic channel in italian language on the FreeNode network (irc.freenode.net) either for lisp newbie either for more expert ones. Join and meet us to explain how and why you use any lisp dialect or to ask a technical question.
#lisp-nz is for anyone interested in lisp programming in New Zealand.
#lisp-pt is an even lower-traffic channel for portuguese speakers on the freenode network.
#lisp-pl is a channel dedicated to lisp and generally functional programming discussions in polish language.
#lisp-es is a channel for spanish speaker Lisp users. Join us to chat about every Lisp family dialect. You will be welcome.
#lisp-es es un canal por los usuarios Lisp hispano-hablantes. (Si no nadie para responder en #lisp-es, puedes llamar a algun hispano-hablante en #lisp).
#lisp-ja is a low-traffic channel in Japanese language on the freenode network.
CLiki pages about IRC
- beirc - beirc is a CLIM IRC client Application using the cl-irc library as a backend, initially written by Gilbert Baumann, now maintained by Dave Murray and others
- Birch - Birch is a simple IRC client library
- cl-irc - cl-irc is an IRC library written in Common Lisp
- Colleen - Colleen is yet another IRC chat bot framework with a collection of ready to use modules
- DebianIRC - Drop by irc.debian.org, channel #lisp some time
- IRC Quotes - Some moments from Freenode IRC, preserved for posterity, some humorous
- irc-logger - irc-logger is a IRC tool written by Kevin Rosenberg which uses the cl-irc library to provide multichannel Internet Relay Chat (IRC) logging
- Lisp IRC Bots - There are several IRC bots written in Lisp
- lisppaste - lisppaste is an IRC bot that runs under the nickname "lisppaste"
- minion - minion is an IRC robot (who prefers the term "electronically composed.") For online help, try /msg minion help
- trivial-irc - trivial-irc is a small IRC library that provides only very basic facilities for communicating with IRC servers, and has no facilities for extensions like DCC, CTCP etc
- WeirdIRC - WeirdIRC is a simple IRC client Application using CL and CLIM
- X-Chat Common Lisp Plugin - The X-Chat Common Lisp plugin is a plugin for X-Chat version 2 and up (the famous IRC client) that allows you to use Common Lisp scripts to control X-Chat behaviour