We have a chat channel on the Rizon IRC network. You can talk to meritocrats in real-time if you go to:
http://rizon.net/chat and then:
Type in a unique nickname. If it’s a nickname that belongs to someone else, then it’ll get automatically changed to a generic one. If you’re going to be chatting a lot it’s best to register your nickname which will avoid other people using it. Follow this guide to do that: http://wiki.rizon.net/index.php?title=Nick_Registration
Type in #meritocracy where it says channels.
Leave the password field and auth dropdown empty unless you have a registered nickname.
Click on connect and you’re done!
I’ll try to be in there as much as possible, which will probably be UTC evenings in general. If I don’t respond immediately it’s because I’m AFK.
The user named Cyber is a bot.
If you’re already familiar with IRC then use any client you feel like of course.