Chat servers exist in a wide variety of formats and protocols. However, they all provide a facility for users to communicate with each other in real time, as opposed to holding conversations via less immediate means such as e-mail or Web message boards.
Any site for software which provides chat services over the Internet may be listed here.

Please note the difference between this category and Computers: Software: Internet: Clients: Chat, which lists client software for connecting to chat services.

If you are submitting a site about a particular chat service (eg. "Armand''s Cooking Chat") rather than the software which provides the service (eg. "GenericJavaServer v5.17b"), please go to Computers: Internet: Chat and choose the appropriate subcategory.

Business Instant Messaging
Companies and solutions for business instant messaging applications

IRC

Internet Relay Chat servers provide live text-based messaging simultaneously to large numbers of clients worldwide. The protocol allows for subdivision into chat "channels", and provides a standardized command language.
This category does not include client software, such as mIRC or XChat. Sites for IRC clients should be submitted to Computers: Software: Internet: Clients: Chat: IRC.

If you are a server owner or administrator, please don't submit your site here. It belongs under Computers: Internet: Chat: IRC: Servers.

Incorrect submission or abuse of the system may result in significant delays while we process your site, or removal from the directory in extreme cases.
Voice chat servers provide a facility for users to communicate with each other and feel a more live environment.
Any site for software which provides voice chat services over the Internet may be listed here.

Please note the difference between this category and Computers: Software: Internet: Clients: Chat, which lists client software for connecting to chat services.

If you are submitting a site about a particular chat service (eg. "Armand''s Cooking Chat") rather than the software which provides the service (eg. "GenericJavaServer v5.17b"), please go to Computers: Internet: Chat and choose the appropriate subcategory.