Alternatively I have created a new Gitter community/chatroom for those who find web-based chat convinent, you can use GitHub/GitLab/Twitter etc. to login, which is pretty nice!
Press this button to open the chat in a sidecar:
If you decide to use this webchat widget, be careful as your IP is visible to everyone participating in the chat! Use Tor with an IRC client to hide your IP if you want to keep it private.