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IRC stands for Internet Relay Chat, 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.
Some popular IRC clients include the cross-platform Chatzilla (which is part of the Mozilla project and can be installed on top of Firefox), the Windows-based mIRC (which is shareware and not open-source) and XChat, a cross-platform IRC client for all UNIX systems including Linux and Mac OS X, and with a free-of-charge port for Windows. By downloading one, you can log in to an IRC network and start chatting.
IRC is a great way to get answers to questions quickly and easily. Just note that some networks are not recommended for asking Vim questions on, due to the treatment of beginner question, or general unfriendliness.
This is most probably the best network for getting help in Perl and technical matters in general.
Check the channel #vim.
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