The new IRC links feature for MDC is in the process of deployment to the live site now. I’ve added the required template and other material to the wiki itself, checked in the skin changes into SVN, and have filed a ticket with IT to have them update the site and adjust a couple of needed settings to switch it on. Hopefully we’ll have this up and running soon.
Once it’s live, then there will be some work to do to fine-tune the matching of channels to tags, but it should immediately be of some benefit.
It’s been suggested that it be possible to use Mibbet to offer in-browser IRC access. I’m kicking around thoughts on that. I don’t want to override the user’s preferred IRC client if they have one, but I agree it would be nice to let people get in through their browser if they don’t have one. Any suggestions?