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 answer yourself. You can try consulting the documentation of the program
 , especially its <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FAQ">“FAQ” - the
 so-called “Frequently Asked Questions”</a> document (assuming it exists),
-or use a web search engine. Some recommended search engines are:
+followed by visiting its wiki (= its world-editable site - assuming there
+is one) and if that fails, use a web search engine. Some recommended search
+engines are:
 </p>
 
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-<a href=""></a> - 
+<a href="http://groups.google.com/">Google Groups</a>.
 </p>
 </li>
 </ol>
 
+<p>
+It is still possible that you still will not find your answer. In this
+case, you should ask for advice using the following mediums.
+</p>
+
+<h2 id="irc">IRC - Internet Relay Chat</h2>
+
+<p>
+IRC stands for <b>Internet Relay Chat</b>, and it is a distributed,
+real-time form
+of communication, that was common from relatively early in the history of
+the Internet, and is still very popular. IRC servers form networks of servers
+- each network is separated from the other networks and the servers of each
+network share the same chat-rooms, user profiles and messages. Each network
+has different rules and conventions and a different culture. This allows
+chat-rooms (called channels in IRC-jargon) with the same name to exist in
+different networks.
+</p>
+
+<p>
+Some popular IRC clients include the cross-platform
+<a href="http://www.mozilla.org/projects/rt-messaging/chatzilla/">Chatzilla</a>
+(which is part of <a href="http://www.mozilla.org/">the Mozilla project</a>),
+the Windows-based <a href="http://www.mirc.com/">mIRC</a> (which is shareware
+and not open-source) and <a href="http://hexchat.github.io/">HexChat</a>, a
+cross-platform IRC client for all UNIX systems including Linux and Mac OS X,
+and for Microsoft Windows. By downloading one, you can log in to an IRC
+network and start chatting, and often IRC networks provide a web interface
+that does not require downloading a client.
+</p>
+
+<p>
+IRC is a great way to get answers to questions quickly and easily. Just note
+that some networks are not recommended for asking questions on, due to
+the treatment of beginner question, or general unfriendliness.
+</p>
+
+<p>
+Some recommended IRC networks are:
+</p>
+
+<ol>
+
+<li>
+<p>
+<a href="http://freenode.net/">Freenode</a> - provides discussion facilities
+for the open source communities and for related communities.
+</p>
+</li>
+
+<li>
+<p>
+<a href="http://www.oftc.net/">OFTC</a> - smaller than Freenode and less
+popular, but some projects prefer it for their chats, and it is also a
+friendly IRC network.
+</p>
+</li>
+
+</ol>
+
+<p>
+Note that one common mistake that newcomers to IRC do is to private-message
+a user that helps them (using the <code>/msg</code> command) instead of keeping
+the discussion on the channel. To reply to someone, type (or complete using
+the tab key) their nickname, add ":" or "," and say what you want to reply.
+</p>
+
 <h2 id="licence">Licence</h2>
 
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