In this, the second edition of this network, it is our intent to provide a safe, family-friendly IRC network with a variety of features and services to ensure a pleasant community experience.Read More
RefChat currently consists of 2 Servers – Gill and Owen, running UnrealIRCd with Anope services. We also run a federated Matrix server, which bridges to IRC, and provides access to Discord users, as well.Read More
Currently, #prosapologian, #apologetics and #choosinghats are our anchor channels.Read More
Federated Social Media
Currently in production: The VanTil Pleroma instance.
Decentralized social media with no ads, no algorithmic feature creep, and no creepy BigTech tracking. Contact RK on the chat server(s) or the #pros Facebook group for an invite!Read More
Currently in Beta testing on our Funkwhale pod: Watts (in honor of the famous hymnwriter) offers music & podcast hosting, discoverability for a wide variety of other artists, and music library functionality. Contact RK for an invite!Read More
Currently in Alpha testing on our PeerTube instance: Biblion is our federated video library. Currently utilized by Perkinston Baptist Church for their service videos. Contact RK for an invite!Read More
Currently in Alpha testing on our Pixelfed instance: Eikon is a federated image sharing platform with no ads, chronological timelines, and photo filters. Contact RK for an invite!Read More
Business Models and the Distributed Internet
Social Media Should Be Social
Let’s Talk About Social Media
RefChat Turns 1 – State of the Network
RefChat is Reformed chat – and we try to make it a place where Reformed folks will want to be. Whether it’s theology and fellowship in #prosapologian, presup in #choosinghats, or any other interest you might have – from video games to guns – and even politics – feel free to pull up a chair and talk about it.
Community Coded In
We have Presbyterians, Baptists, Anglicans, oh my! If you don’t see a channel that fits your interests – make one, and invite your friends!
Privacy: Why it matters
Because that is what you’re giving them. Do you trust them? If so, why?
Need Help Connecting?
Instructions for connecting to the network.
Reserve and manage your username with Nickserv.
Register & Operate a Channel
Registered users can create and operate their own channels – for fun, for groups, or for ministries – find out more here.
IRC Commands & Documentation
Find instructions for getting the most out of the network, and your client.
Future Stats Block
Because – STATS
Who chats here?
The Institutes of RefChat
The rules of this network are simple. Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, discuss these things and there won’t be anything to worry about. IRCops are committed to plural polity. However, we reserve the right to disband any channel we please. If you are new to our network and setup a channel an IRCop may get in touch with you or stop by your channel from time to time. We ask that channel owners be of the same mind and rule their channels accordingly.
RefChat is administered by brigand and RazorsKiss as a labor of love. IRCops are by appointment only. Channel ops are appointed by each individual channel, in accordance with their own rules. RefChat is a successor network to GenevaIRC, the creation of randy and Shamgar – and formed to support the original #prosapologian channel. RefChat is a Christian chat network.
Channel Spotlight: #Prosapologian
#prosapologian has been in constant operation for over 23 years – starting on Undernet, as an outgrowth of the #Charis and #apologetics channels, and becoming, in essence, the ministry channel of Alpha and Omega Ministries. It moved to Starlink-IRC for quite some time, before moving to their purpose-built home network of GenevaIRC, where it resided for the better part of a decade. Now that community has moved to a new home at RefChat, but is no longer affiliated with Alpha and Omega – but #pros “channel rats” still have affection for “DrOakley” and his ministry partner, “AOMin”.
What our users say
Phase 2.0 implementations:
Fully puppeted bridge(s)
Federated Social Media: Active Pleroma instance – currently accepting Alpha testers
We recommend HexChat as an IRC client for Windows or Linux desktop environments.
This site is mobile optimized. We recommend Element as a fast Matrix client, for our mobile chat users. It is full featured, lightweight, and very fast.
We do not recommend Discord, though we do support Discord bridging to various rooms, and operate a server for our users’ convenience.
Connect and communicate via IRC, Discord, or Matrix – they all work together here.
Family-friendly, federated, free of charge.
We’re committed to private server-based communication. Centralized, corporate platforms are not your friend; when using their services, you don’t own your content – they do. Decentralized nodes – composed of friendly communities – are the way the internet should be.
To provide a safe, secure, and sophisticated communications network for our users.
RefChat: Reformed Chat in a sacerdotal world.
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