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
Then, to complete the registration and ultimately gain access to the #tor-project channel, your nickname must be verified.
To verify your nick, open a new browser window and go to https://services.oftc.net/login.
Log in with your IRC nickname and password.
Look for the word verify and log in there. It may appear that nothing has happened. Look at the top of the page, and there will be a column called Account.
Click on Account.
Click on the small sentence at the bottom of the square that says: Verify account.
Fill out the CAPTCHA that pops up, and click ok.
A tiny message will appear: "Your NickServ account has been verified."
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.