the computer science society

At the University of York

Servers: runciman klaxon latona apollo diana

Want to join HackSoc? A good place to start is joining the chat!

Before joining, please read our Code of Conduct. If you want to know more about how we use our chat platforms, read through the Guidelines and Conventions on the same page.


You can join the chat on Slack with your @york.ac.uk email address. Or email hack@yusu.org to request access.


We have an IRC channel, connected to Slack. You can join the chat using Libera Chat's webchat (#hacksoc on irc.libera.chat).


We also have a Discord server, used mostly for events, but a small number of channels are bridged from Slack. You can join using this link.

Our chat system of choice is Slack. It's easy to use, fully-featured and modern. However, we've kept the option of using IRC by connecting our Slack channel to our IRC channel, and we have a Discord server set up in a similar way. Note that, whilst a couple of channels are bridged between Discord, IRC, and Slack, there are plenty that aren't, and you'll miss out on most of the conversation if you're not on Slack.

IRC, or Internet Relay Chat, is a protocol with a long and glorious history stretching back into the mists of time. It's a pretty simple system for online chatrooms, and you don't even need a special program to connect to it, although they do exist.

  1. You don't need a special program: see the webchat
  2. You don't talk to individuals on a contact list, you join channels: a group of people talking about the same topic.
  3. When you start up a client you'll have to connect to a server and channel. We use #hacksoc on irc.libera.chat
  4. You can change your name with /nick new_name, and join a new channel with /join #channel_name

There is also the #cs-york channel, also on on Libera Chat. This is not HackSoc's channel, but it is a great place to chat about CS stuff. Many HackSoc members also hang around there.

Our Discord server is mostly used for virtual events; you can join using this link (there's also an invite link in the topic of #general in Slack).