IRC channels related to GIMP

Several IRC channels and mailing lists are available for discussing GIMP-related topics. IRC offers real-time communication, but be aware that there may be long periods of silence in the channels when other users are busy or away from their keyboards. When you join the GIMP IRC channels, please do not ask if somebody can help you. If you have a question, ask directly and then wait patiently to see if someone answers. Other recommendations can be found at the bottom of this page.

The official GIMP IRC channels are on GIMPNet (irc.gimp.org) and have existed for more than 10 years. Many channels related to GTK+ and GNOME are also on GIMPNet.

irc://irc.gimp.org/#gimp-users
The main support channel for GIMP users. This is probably the right place to ask questions (but please see the hints at the bottom of this page). This channel might be less scary than #gimp, especially for new users...
irc://irc.gimp.org/#gimp
This is the main GIMP channel, created in early 1997. Both users and developers hang around, and almost any question about GIMP is ontopic. From a user's point of view, this can be a downside: discussion often focuses on GIMP development and the bleeding edge version of GIMP.
irc://irc.gimp.org/#gimp-web
A channel devoted to this web site and related GIMP sites. Most active when the migration from classic.gimp.org happened a few years ago, it is pretty quiet now. But if you have suggestions or issues with the current website, this channel is for you.
irc://irc.gimp.org/#gimps
Being an abbreviation of "gimp social", this channel is for the GIMP people, and anything but GIMP is ontopic here.
irc://irc.gimp.org/#gimp-fr
GIMP in French

Other IRC networks

The main GIMP IRC channels described above are on GIMPNet (irc://irc.gimp.org/), the official network for topics related to GIMP and GNOME. However, several channels also exist on other IRC networks:

irc://irc.freenode.net/#gimp
It is recommended that users migrate from that channel to #gimp-users on GIMPNet, described above.
irc://irc.freenode.net/#gimp-fr
It is recommended that users migrate from that channel to #gimp-fr on GIMPNet, described above.
irc://irc.freenode.net/#gimp-de
GIMP in German.
irc://irc.freenode.net/#gimp-pl
GIMP in Polish.
irc://irc.freenode.net/#gimp-es
GIMP in Spanish.
irc://irc.freenode.net/#gimp-it
GIMP in Italian.

Rules and hints