This article is based on material authored by members of the news.newusers.questions Moderation Board and nnq-workers mailing list, particularly by Dennis D. Calhoun (until 2005) and Thor Kottelin (since 2007).
The newsgroup news.newusers.questions is not the proper place to hold general conversations. However, there are many other ways and places to find pen pals and chat!
There are tons of chat services out there. One good place to start looking is the chat section of the Open Directory Project.
IRC offers a worldwide multi-user chat network where people meet to talk in groups or privately. Lots of people can participate in the real time discussions, and the number of topics covered on IRC is endless.
One of the best IRC clients for Windows is called mIRC. If you have a Macintosh, try the Ircle program.
A more detailed guide to IRC is also available.
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