Guide: IRC 2: Interface, nicknames, commands
Register your nickname: How and why
Registering a nickname is also done through commands. Registering a nickname is advised, since it will define your identity on IRC. You can register more than one nickname but, once registered, no other person can use it unless they know your password.
Registering a nickname is very simple. Just type
-"/msg nickserv register <password> <email>"
where <password> is the password you want to place on the nickname you are currently using and <email> is your email address.
Once registered, you will have to enter your password every time you use the nickname within 1 minute of changing your nickname to it. To do this, enter
If you happen to need to change your password, you can enter the following command
-"/msg nickserv set password <old password> <new password>"
Ghosts: If you are disconnected and log back into a channel, sometimes your session will not have been ended. In this case, your nickname will still be active and you will not be allowed to use it. To delete the "Ghost" nickname, use this command:
-"/msg nickserv ghost <nick> <password>"
Two essential commands
Two commands you will find useful when starting out are "/join" and "/msg"
"/join <channel>" or just "/j <channel>" will allow you to join a new channel in a new tab.
"/msg <user> *text here*" will allow you to send a private message to another user.
When receiving a private message, it will also appear as a tab named as the nickname of the user you are talking with. This is used to have a private conversation with a particular user.
There are many other commands you can explore and you can even configure your own commands in certain IRC applications.
-"/msg memoserv help" Try using this command to explore the messaging commands available to you.
I have pointed towards six different things in the webchat IRC interface that I like you to take a look at.
Note that although different IRC applications have different displays, the principles are the same and they should display similarly.
1. The first one is the chat area. In the main portion of the screen, you will see text written by others or provided to you as information such as "Tallrice joined the channel" or "Zatouichi has changed her nickname to Ichi". Text written by yourself or others is listed in this area for you to follow the conversation.
2. On top of the chat area, you can see the channel topic. This is a description of the channel that the channel administrator has written to inform you of anything you might want to know. In #eg, it will give you the XDCC list URL and inform you of recent releases.
3. Sometime on the right, other times on the left hand of the interface, you find the chat participants. This is a list of all users currently listening into the channel in alphabetical order. By clicking names in this list, you can often get certain options among them are
- "whois", which allows provides a small summary of the user, including what IRC application he is on, his nick and ip code
- "slap", which creates a small script in chat that you "slap with a piece of fishbot" and has no other purpose
- "kick", if you are a channel operator, you can kick another member from the channel with this command. Often channels will have rules concerning foul language, spamming, posting adult content, etc, so try your best to be respectful.
4. Some participants are specially designated with symbol beside their nicknames, they include:
- !/+a: Channel administrators. They have the ability to make other users +v, +y, +o or +a as well as to kick or ban other users from the channel. +a usually designates group admins
- @/+o: Channel operators. They have the same abilities up to the +o level that administrators had to the +a level. +o usually designates members/staff
- %/+y: Channel Half-operators. They have the same abilities up to the +y level that administrators had to the +a level. +y usually designates bots.
- +/+v: Voice. This is mainly a formality to designate users who frequently visit the channel.
5. The bar on the bottom of the screen is where you enter text. Once you have entered what you want to write, press enter on your keyboard to have it displayed for all users on the channel. You cannot edit your sentences after you have sent them, so commonly users write "*<correction>" with any particular words or typos they want to correct.
6. The tabs (on the bottom of the screen in chatzilla) display the different channels you are in. To leave a channel, close the tab; to change the displayed channel, select another tab. When you are not in a channel where there is activity, often the channel name will blink or highlight.
You are pinged when your username is written into the chat by another user.
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If you want to learn how to use the XDCC bot then head on to IRC 3
Last edited by tallrice; 02-28-2012 at 11:36 PM.