An IRC channel is available, in addition to the mailing list, to hold more real-time discussions, bounce ideas off of one another, and to chat between ourselves in a slightly more informal setting.
Your nickname or nick is your name on IRC and you can change it by typing
/nick MyNewNick. If you connect using the web interface below you may end up with a nickname like "fig_guest670", but you might prefer something like a pseudonym or your Twitter handle. For more information on nicknames, like how to register (reserve) yours, read this registration page on Freenode's website.
An IRC Client can make your IRC experience better. Wikipedia has an extensive list of standalone IRC applications. Two great free options are Colloquy for OSX and HexChat for Windows (and Linux). These programs allow you to save your nickname and settings, view old chat transcripts, and arguably provide an improved UI over the web interface. Of course you can always jump right in using our web interface.
If you are new to IRC be sure to read the IRC Etiquette section below.
A few things to note if you are new to IRC or unfamiliar with #phpfig:
A full-page web interface is also available (opens in a new tab).