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What Is IRC???
IRC is a chat program that allows for easy chatting and transfer of files through the internet.  There are lots of different types of programs that enable IRC connection including Shadow IRC, Perch IRC, Gold IRC, Visual IRC and many others.  I use a few different ones and find they all have different features that are handy some even include voice features.  For the sake of simplicity and ease of use I will explain mIRC here and how to easily get setup on IRC.  From there you can learn more.  IRC is very easy to use and a really handy feature to have.  If you have any questions or comments email me and I will consider them as soon as possible.  Happy chatting...

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 How To Get IRC
 How To Connect To IRC
 IRC Channels
 IRC Commands
 Chat Abbreviations and Acronyms
 Protection For Your Computer
 IRC Forum and Discussion Page
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How to get IRC
This link will take you to the mIRC home site where you can download the normal version of  mIRC.  You can get all kinds of mIRC information here.
This link has hundreds of different scripts for IRC that all have different features.  A script is like normal mIRC with added functions.  There are a wide variety of different scripts available so you may want to try out a few different ones to find the best one for you.  Just be sure to run a virus check on the files when you unzip them.  However most of the links will be safe and I haven't had any problems with them.  This link also has a great search engine and lots of info on IRC.
 Get mIRC scripts here
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Connecting to IRC
The first thing you need to do after installing IRC is to choose an IRC server.  There are hundreds of them around.  I find a Random US dal.net server to be useful mostly because lots of people use it and you can always find chatters and hundreds of channels.  But you may pick any one of hundreds if you like.  I will focus on the Random US dal.net server because it is the one I use and I am familiar with it.
When you open mIRC you should get a window looking like this

First of all you need to fill in the information for your name nick etc.  You don't have to provide your email though that one is actually optional.   You should also enter an indent this can be a word or just letters whatever you like.  Then you click ok.
Now you need to choose a server.  There are hundreds of them around but you may only be able to connect to certain servers from your area.  Click on the folder icon near the top left corner of the mIRC window (shown by the arrow here).

When you click on this folder a dialogue box like this will be displayed (it may also come up when your first start mIRC).
There are two ways to choose a server one is to click on the drop down list and scroll through until you find the server you want
You simply scroll through and click on the server you want.  I use a Random US dal.net server mostly because as you will see dal.net offers lots of great features and commands not all servers offer the same type of service so try a few and see which one you prefer.  I tried about six or so until I decided on dal.net but you can pick whatever server you like.
Another way to pick a server or to connect to a server not on the server list is to add the server to the list (you can also delete servers that you never use).  This is achieved by clicking on add just above the server text box.
When you click on add a dialogue box like this
will appear and you can fill in the details if you know them.
The details for a Random US dal.net server this is the one I use so I know it works.  There are of course many others.
You can also change your nick name and your details all this is optional but you should type something in.  You should definitely choose a nickname and try to make it original as possible otherwise someone else may be using it.  If someone else is using your nick you will have to change it or you will be nominate guest23445 or similar with a different number.  See IRC command here for more information on this.
Your indent is what everyone sees when you enter the room as well as your nick.  You can set it too whatever you like.  You can type words or numbers but try to make it short.
Once you set up all this information the first time you usually won't have to change it again.
Now your ready to connect.  To connect to IRC click on the lightning bolt  icon in the upper left corner.

Once connected the golden lightning arrow will turn to a  and while it is like that you are connected to IRC.
Once connected your free to join channels and use IRC commands and services.  Depending on your server various functions are available.  I use dal.net because it is easy to create channels and also lots of handy commands.
For example if you type /join #earthen you will join channel #earthen (my channel) there are hundreds of channels on IRC and if you want to see alot more channels then click on the channel icon.  IRC will then list all the channels available (this may take a minute or two) then you click on the channel to join it.
See the Commands section to find all the commands and services you can use on IRC.
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What Channels to Use
There are hundreds of channels on IRC and particularly dal.net the server I use.  I have my channels as well #earthen and #aussieworld and you can always find me there if I am on line.  Otherwise you can find all manner of channels on all kinds of topics.  I am sure if you search through the channel list you will find many interesting channels.
type /join #earthen   or  /join #aussieworld   to get into my channels and we can have a quick chit chat if I am on line.
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The commands available on IRC vary from server to server but these ones will work on dal.net.  Some of the commands will work on all servers.  If you learn any other handy commands let me know so I can include them here.
/nick (name)  Will change your nick to whatever (name) you specify
/who #channel  Will list all the users in a channel without you entering the channel.  Note if they use invisible mode you won't see them
/whois nick  Displays the details of the user who has that nick
/whowas nick  Displays the details of a user who has just left IRC.  This command only works if used soon after the user left it won't work after about a minute or so
/ignore nick  Adds someone to your ignore list
/ping nick  Sends a ping to the users computer getting a response from them in the form of a pong
/dns nick  Displays the IP of the user with that nick
/join #channel  or /j #channel  Will join that channel
/quit   Will quit IRC
/leave   Will leave a channel (or you can just close the window for that channel)
/msg nick message  Will send a private message to that nick just exchange the users nick for nick and the message for message.  No other user will see this message and if they respond you will see a private window open up between you and the other user.  This window then becomes a private chat.
Memoserv is a handy feature that allows you to leave messages for people either on IRC or not currently on IRC.  You can leave a message for several days I am not sure how long it is kept by memoserv but I have had messages kept for over a week before and they were not deleted so I assume memoserv holds the message for a reasonable period of time.
/memoserv list   List any messages left for you on memoserv
/memoserv read 1  Will read message 1 left on memoserv for you different numbers will read the other messages such as /memoserv read 2 will read message 2 etc.
/memoserv del 1  Will delete message 1 once again different numbers can be used for different messages e.g. /memoserv del 2 will delete message 2
/memoserv send nick message   Will send a message to a nominated nick just exchange the nick for nick and your message for message e.g. /memoserv send John12 I will be back tonight!!!  will send a message to memoserv for user John12 with the message being I will be back tonight!!!
An example of the use of memoserv would be if you were to connect to IRC and look for another user and find them not online you would leave a message.
(you connect)
/whois SallyJ
IRC tells you no user found or that SallyJ is not on IRC at the moment so you decide to leave a message for them
/memoserv send SallyJ I came on today and couldn't find you but I will be back tonight.
IRC notifies you that your memo has been sent to SallyJ
You either leave IRC or you continue chatting for a while.  Later on SallyJ comes on IRC.
(SallyJ connects)
IRC (memoserv) notifies SallyJ that she has a memo
SallyJ types /memoserv list
memoserv then list how many messages SallyJ has.  SallyJ has one message and types
/memoserv read 1
memoserv then types the message
I came on today and couldn't find you but I will be back tonight.
then tells it was from your nick.
I find memoserv to be very useful.  It is almost like an answering machine in that if someone can't find you they can leave a message for you that you can retrieve later.
Nickserv keeps records of registered nicks and make sure no one else uses that nick but the person who registered it.  With nickserv you find a nick that is already registered, you then register the nick using a password and every time you log in you identify to nickserv.  This means that only you can use your nick this may seem a bit tedious but it is an important procedure.  You won't be able to use other services until you register your nick.

/nick name    Sets your nick to whatever you like.
/msg nickserv register password   Registers your nick using a password that you need to remember to use that nick again.  Make sure you use a good password one you can remember and one that is hard for someone else to figure out.  using numbers in your nick makes it very hard for anyone else to figure out your password.
/msg nickserv identify password  Identifies to nickserv and allows you to keep using your nick.

What happens if you pick a nick that is registered to someone else?  Well first of all nickserv will ask you too either change your nick or identify as its owner.  Then after a minute nickserv will change your nick to guest followed by a four or five digit number e.g. guest37563.  You don't have to register you nick with nickserv but if you don't there is no guarantee you will be able to keep your nick and anyone else can use it and even register it for themselves.

Chanserv is responsible for channel management and controls registration, identification of founders and other channel related commands and settings.  On dal.net you can create new channels quite easily and register them set certain features and even ban users.
To create a channel simply join a room if it isn't registered you are free to register it yourself.  Usually if a room is register chanserv sets the mode to +r when you enter so if you see a +r in a room the chances are it is registered.  Also you will generally not have ops in a registered room.  In an unregistered room you will instantly have founder access to that room and ops.  Ops mean you are a channel operator meaning you can control various functions of the channel sop is a higher ranking than a aop but both can kick people and control various functions in a channel.  The founder has complete control over a channel and can set the various features for that channel.
/chanserv register #channel Password Description   This will register the channel and set the password and give the channel the Description you enter.  This will also register you as the founder of the room giving you full access to all controls for that room
/chanserv identify #channel password  Identifies you as the founder to chanserv and grants you full rights to the channel if the password is correct
/chanserv unban #channel nick   This command unbans people from the room.  If you type /chanserv unban me any bans on you will be removed
/chanserv akick #channel nick  Puts a ban on that nick meaning chanserv will kick them whenever they enter the channel
/chanserv mkick #channel   Will kick everyone out of the channel
/chanserv deop #channel nick  Will deop a person in a channel
/chanserv aop #channel nick  Adds that nick to the aop list for that channel meaning they will automatically receive ops in that channel.
/chanserv aop #channel list   Gives a list of all aops in the channel
/chanserv aop #channel del #  Deletes that number from the aop list meaning whoever is on that number will loose aop rights
/chanserv sop #channel add nick   Adds a sop to the sop list for a channel
/chanserv sop #channel list   Lists all sops in a channel
/chanserv sop #channel del #  Deletes that number from the sop list removing the relevant nick from the sop list
 There are hundreds more commands but these should get you well started on dal.net not all of these commands will work on servers other than dal.net.  Some of these commands will work on other servers however though you won't have nickserv, chanserv or memoserv functions.  I don't mean to push dal.net but frankly you can't beat all the features dal.net offers.
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Chat Acronyms and Abbreviations
There are hundreds of abbreviations and acronyms used on IRC but I have included some of the more common ones here.  IRC can be almost like talking in code at times but most of those funny little letters and abbreviations are used mainly to save typing and time.  You will usually learn them over time but if you need a reference here it is.  If you know any (clean *lol*) abbreviations that are not on this list let me know so I can add them here.  Thanks and enjoy what is here.
brb  Be Right Back
gg  Got to Go
2C  Too Cool
ic  or IC   I see
BB  Bye Bye
u   You
x  or X  Kisses
o  or  O  Hugs
lol  or  LOL  Laugh Out Loud
hehehe or hahaha   Laughing
cya   See You  (generally meaning See you later)
:)  A smile
:(  A frown
:\   Confused
:p  Sticking out tongue
:p~~  Sticking out tongue
o_~   A wink
I will add lots more over time.  The best way to learn is just to go out and chat.  Happy chatting
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Protect Yourself
I suggest you pay a visit to my protection site to find ways to protect your machine against unwanted nuking or hacking.  While this kind of behavior is rare it does occasionally occur.  I don't mean to frighten you off IRC because IRC is a great way to meet people and have fun but you are best to get some kind of protection just in case.
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IRC Forum
This forum is for general discussions and raising questions you may have in relation to IRC.  Why not post a question the chances are someone will answer it if not I will try to answer it myself :) .  You post general messages as well.  You can also read other entries and get handy ideas for IRC use etc.
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