IRC stands for "Internet Relay Chat". It was originally written by Jarkko Oikarinen in 1988. Since starting in Finland, it has been used in over 60 countries around the world. IRC is a multi-user chat system, where people meet on Channels (rooms, virtual places, usually with a certain topic of conversation) to talk in groups, or privately. There is no restriction to the number of people that can participate in a given discussion, or the number of channels that can be formed on IRC. (Read more on how IRC started in http://www.mirc.co.uk/help/jarkko1.html and jarkko2.txt
To join in you will need to load mIRC or Pirch or use Microsoft Chat (amongst other programs). mIRC is found on many cover discs - or at www.mirc.com MS Chat is part of Win98. Many of us use scripts for mIRC. Make sure you download a script suitable for your version.
A server is a computer that links you to other people to chat with. There are several. I use IRCNet and DALNet. Blueyonder has an Undernet ( http://www.undernet.org ) server. It is located at Surrey.UK.EU.Undernet.Org. There are also EfNet and Duckweb to name a few more. Many of us currently use tucny.thew3rd.co.uk
Having got your program sorted out you then connect to DALNet (or another server) and enter the a room (eg #newbies). Other servers can be used if one is not letting you connect try another. (On IRCNet BTInternet customers can’t use the Demon server so we tend to use BT’s server or the New York one. If all else fails find the server in Finland, this one always seems to work.). For Dalnet we tend to use lineone.uk.eu.dal.net
No they are not. If you join the #staffroom on IRCNet you will be chatting to different people than if you connected to DALNet.
Join the specified channel.
This will make you join the #irchelp channel. Once on a channel, anything you type will be seen by all the users on this channel. The #irchelp channel is very useful, so say hello and then ask any questions you want. If the channel you specified doesn’t exist, a channel with that name will be created for you.
Some channels may also have keys ie. a password, which you need to specify when using the /join command.
example: /join #irchelp trout
This will make you join the #irchelp channel using "trout" as the password.
Tells the current channel or query about what you are doing.
/me is crying
would show as :
*angua is crying
This will disconnect you from IRC and will give the optional message as the reason for your departure. (this message only appears to people who are on the same channels as you).
/quit That's all folks!
Changes the topic for the channel.
/topic #friendly Oh what a beautiful day!
makes someone a channel operator.
/mode #staffroom +o angua
This would make angua a channel operator in staffroom (assuming you are an op first). Operators can make other people operators - set channel options, kick and ban unwanted people from a channel etc.
Also see www.mirc.com for latest versions, servers and FAQs.
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