The #tor-project channel is where Tor people discuss and coordinate daily Tor work. It has fewer members than #tor and is more focused on the work at hand. You are also welcome to join this channel. To access #tor-project, your nickname (nick) must be registered and verified.
Here's how to reach #tor-project and other registered channels.
Register your nickname
Log onto #tor. See How can I chat with Tor Project teams?
Then, click on the word "Status" at the top left of the screen.
In the window at the bottom of the page, type:
/msg nickserv REGISTER yournewpassword youremailaddress
If all goes well, you will receive a message that you are registered.
The system may register you as your nick_ instead of your nick.
If so, just go with it but remember you are user_ and not user.
Every time you log on to IRC, to identify your registered nick, type:
/msg nickserv IDENTIFY YourPassWord
How to verify your nickname
After registering your nickname, to gain access to the #tor-project and other protected channels, your nickname must be verified.
Go to https://services.oftc.net/ and follow the steps in the 'To verify your account' section
Go back to the IRC webpage where you are logged in and type:
/msg nickserv checkverify
If all is well, you will receive a message that says:
!NickServ- Successfully set +R on your nick.
Your nick is verified!
Now, to join #tor-project, you can just type:
/join #tor-project and hit enter.
You will be allowed into the channel. If so, Congratulations!
However, if you get stuck, you can ask for help in the #tor channel.
You can toggle back and forth between channels by clicking on the different channel names at the top left of the IRC window.