Through the looking glass

One of the hardest things to visualize, as someone that is not part of the 9rules Network (yet, hopefully), is how great our community is. Synergic, active, hospitable, and warm are all adjectives I could use to describe this small community.

How can we change that? How can we open up, even in just a small way, our community to the world at large? Well, each time we do a round of submissions we’re hoping to add more people to our community, so that is one way. Once and awhile, someone that we’d love to be apart of our community comes along and expresses interest in being accepted, and we’re incredibly happy to oblige. But what about those in-between times?

Recently we’ve setup an IRC chat room on We have a few reasons for setting up this chat room, the first being that we needed to have the ability to host large chats. We’ve had chats in the past, during special events, and we were never able to handle the volume properly – but this helps us with that. The second reason would be that we were interested in having a platform for calling quick meetings, or announcements, etc. Now, we have that.

However, everyone can benefit from this channel on freenode. Anyone and everyone is more than welcome to join, talk to whatever 9rule’s members happen to be in there, or even ask questions regarding the network itself. So if you are an IRC user, come on in. #9rules on

Don’t have an IRC client? I suggest Colloquy on Mac OS X, or mIRC on Windows.