It's widely banned for its tendency to be a DDoS lightningrod, and only slightly less infamous for its impenetrable cliques of time-wasting losers. Was IRC just in the wrong place at the wrong time, or is the protocol responsible for its own failure? And how could we do better?
irc isn't dead, a lot of people still use it. I'll admit though, most of the people who use it are either
1) tech geeks
2) "underground" internet users
I find IRC a wonderful way to keep up with my online contacts, as the room I run usually has 10-15 people in it at a time and discussion is almost always going. Better than using a one-on-one IM client, at least to me.
Maybe we are asking the wrong questions. How about this:
It works for the kind of people who have the free time to while away hours idling on a channel between chats.
1)because some people want interaction from their social activities while irc users are content to just idle.
2)antisocial nerds on powertrips
/join #4chan on rizon and then tell me that IRC is dead