I'm a huge fan of IRC, as anyone that knows me knows. Inside Sun, we have a large and vital IRC network and the JSF team uses the #jsfaces channel to provide telepresence. In the past, I've blogged requesting that java.net provide an IRC server as part of their offerings, and subsequently recommended people use JXTA to provide this feature. This is currently in progress and I still advocate using JXTA. In fact, I'm on right now. In the meantime, however, I have discovered that there is an irc channel for JSF on irc.freenode.net, ##jsf. I'm going to start hanging out there, so you can catch me online if you want. 

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