Tutorial - distributed.net Help Facilities
Getting help using IRC
IRC (Internet Relay Chat) is a way of communicating in real time with people all over the world. IRC is similar to instant-messaging tools such as ICQ or MSN Messenger except that it is focused on group conversations instead of person-to-person messaging. distributed.net owes its existence to IRC and IRC is likely to always be the most effective way of getting help using dnetc if the FAQ doesn't have the answer to your question.
The channel #distributed normally has quite a few people in it and ranges in activity from hectic to very quiet. You will be able to chat with whoever is in the channel at the time. Although it's the official distributed.net channel the discussion can frequently stray to other topics.
There are several mailing lists available to provide you with more information about distributed.net and its projects. Please see the discussion page for details about them.
For our international members, you can contact your Regional Representative, who will answer your questions in your native language by e-mail. Parts of this site are also available in several languages. These are accessible by using the language links at the top of the pages available in laguages other than English. There are also a number of regional mailing lists available.
Staff members' .plans are available for those who wish to keep up-to-date on the progress of specific jobs distributed.net staff are working on. To view a staff member's plan, click on the "finger" link next to the staff member's user name (the "finger" command is used on unix systems to view .plan files). You can also view archived plans for staff members using the "archive" links on the main plans page or the "more" link at the bottom of each staff member's plan page. Alternatively by subscribing to the "plans" mailing list (see above), you can receive a dailing mailing that includes any updated plans for that day.