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!


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

Code of Conduct:

  1. No discriminatory language (eg. racism, sexism).
  2. Refrain from language intended to offend others.
  3. Don't produce spam.
  4. Bots are welcome. As long as they don’t produce spam.
  5. You may be asked to stop a conversation/remove a bot that violates the code of conduct by moderators.
  6. HackSoc moderators reserves the right to remove messages if they are in violation of the code of conduct and you have been asked to stop by a moderator.
  7. HackSoc moderators reserves the right to kick humans or bots at any time.