IRC-related information can sometimes be hard to come by – with resources either being outdated, unmaintained or due to a lack of interest completely gone offline and forever lost in time.
Wikipedia and other Wikis are a good source for all kinds of information and to a certain extent also for content pertaining IRC – but articles that are to be found today might be gone forever tomorrow due to Wikipedias strict – and sometimes idiotic – notability guidelines.
When an article isn’t considered notable enough it then is put up for deletion and on a special page a discussion is held for and against the deletion of said article. In the event that there is no consensus regarding the deletion, most of the time the article is kept.
However, quite a large number of articles that would have been regarded being notable by the IRC community at large haven’t had much luck and have been deleted from the “free encyclopedia that anyone can edit” – which has raised many debates if their deletionism is completely out of control or not.
To have a comprehensive source, a few brave folks have set out and created a Wiki that is only for and about IRC-related content, free for anyone to edit and contribute. Since it was only started at the end of March it is still lacking much in content but according to them it already is the “largest IRC dedicated wiki in the world”.
People that want to contribute should take a look at the listing of pages that still need to be completed or improve one of the already existing pages.
We wish IRC-Wiki all the best and hope that many will contribute to it.
What is your experience and opinion on Wikipedias deletionism regarding articles about IRC?