From Wiki Gonzalez
Chat on BTF exists and is free for all.
Every Tuesday and Friday evening at 8 PM Eastern Time/5 PM Pacific Time, there is a live chat in the #baseball_primer room on IRC on dalnet. The chat room is open throughout the baseball postseason, as the games are being played. Although these are the traditional chat times, Primates should feel welcome to congregate in the channel anytime they wish. HAL McRae is always looking for company.
2003 chat logs are available here.
Detailed instructions on joining IRC chats follow (all instructions for Wintel users using IE):
Go to www.mirc.com/get.html to get mIRC. Use your right mouse button to click on a link, and choose "save link target as". When it pops up the window to choose where to save it to, click the folder with the arrow that is next to the drop-down box. (At the top, in the middle of the window.) Click that until the drop-down box says "Desktop". Then click "save", and wait for the download to finish.
When the download is done, you will have a file titled "mirc616" (newer versions will have different numbers) on your desktop. It will have the generic icon of a blank white "window" with a blue bar running across the top. Double click that. You will see a window titled "MIRC Installer". Click the "next" button. Then choose "yes". Then click the "install" button. The install will take about 20 seconds.
When the install is done, the mIRC folder will open up. (If it doesn't, then go "My Computer", then your hard drive (Most likely, C:), then click on the "Windows" folder, then the "Start Menu" folder, then the "mIRC" folder. There is an icon in that folder that has an MIRC (the C is a PacMan type image.) Double click that icon.
mIRC will open. Click "continue" in the box that opens. A new box will open. In the "Full Name" box, put in some name. In the "Email address" box, put an email address (this does not need to be a working email address). In the "Nickname" box, put in what you would like your nickname to be (do not choose something generic like "Bob", as it will probably be taken by someone else on DALnet). In the "Alternate Nickname" box, put in your second choice else you would like to be called. A little down and to the right, there will be a small box that has a picture of a flower (or a sun, whatever you think it looks like). Click that. You will have two dropdown menus. In the "IRC Network" box, choose "DALnet". The list is alphabetical. You don't have to choose anything in the "IRC server" box, but as you use mIRC more and more, you'll find that some servers work better for you. Go back down below the dropdown boxes, but this time, hit "connect to server".
Wait a moment as all the text flies by, and you wil see a box that pops up titled "mirc Favorites". In the text box where the cursor is, paste "#baseball_primer" (without the quotes) and hit enter (or click "Join", which is right next to the text box).
You're in! Including download time, you'll be in within 5 minutes.
Mac users basic instructions for OSX
Download Colloquy and install. Run the application.
Select New Connection from the File menu (or Apple-n). In the New Connection box:
In Nickname, Username and Real Name, enter whatever you like.
Leave Server Protocol set to "IRC (Internet Relay Chat)"
In Chat Server type: irc.dal.net
Leave Chat Server Port set to 6667
Leave SSL Connection unselected
Leave Server Password blank
Click the "add" icon (the plus sign) below Join Rooms, then type "baseball_primer" without the quotes.
Connecting from a web browser
Web Based IRC insert details here
Chat (pronounced somewhat between "shat" and "shot") is the Freedom (formerly French) word for cat.
Chat (or chart) is the Romanized spelling of a Thai word which can mean nation or team.