IRC is where hackers go to hang out, when they don't want to be overheard. Imagine two ships on the ocean...
To connect to #go-nuts channel on irc.freenode.net network using pidgin:
pidgin -> manage accounts -> add account ->
protocol -> IRCpidgin -> buddies -> Join a chat ->
username -> any arbitrary username you want. something like tempuser9439
server -> irc.freenode.net
Password -> leave blank
Channel -> #go-nuts
you are not supposed to use your real identity on irc
Chats are logged at a place like https://botbot.me/5/log/
nothing on the internet is private.try the freenode faq http://freenode.net/faq.shtml (that's the IRC network we're on)
you don't need to register. you just type "/nick whatever"
email address, website, etc isn't associated with you on irc
if you do /whois aphistic you can see some info about me, but that's it. not much actual information. it's more like if someone sees a mailing list post by "Aram" they can think "oh, this might be the Aram from irc". dho: I use my initials and sign emails as 'dho'