the computer science society

At the University of York

Servers: runciman · klaxon

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


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 freenode web chat (#hacksoc on irc.freenode.net)

There is also the #cs-york channel, also on freenode. This is not hacksoc’s channel, but it is a great place to chat about CS stuff. Many hacksoc members also hang around there. (#cs-york on irc.freenode.net)

Our chat system of choice is slack. It’s easy to use, fully-featured and modern. But we have kept the option of using IRC by connecting our slack channel to our freenode channel.

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 web chat
  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.freenode.net
  4. You can change your name with /nick new_name, and join a new channel with /join #channel_name


  1. Bots are welcome. As long as they don’t produce spam.
  2. Hacksoc reserves the right to kick humans or bots at any time.