How to: Properly use IRC

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How to: Properly use IRC

Postby Brand3n on Tue Apr 01, 2014 1:23 am

  1. Connecting to SpotChat
    • Open the Menu and type in "XChat" and select the single result that comes up. XChat will automatically connect you to SpotChat and join you to #linuxmint-help and #linuxmint-chat
    • Alternatively, you can connect to SpotChat via Linux Mint's webchat page. Go to http://community.linuxmint.com/ and in the navigation bar, select Community, and click "Chat Room" and that will automatically join you to #linuxmint-chat
    • You can also use the SpotChat website (http://www.spotchat.org/index.html) but since it doesn't join you automatically to any Linux Mint channels, the two suggestions above are recommended.
  2. Using XChat and the more recent, HexChat. NOTE: I am using HexChat as my IRC client, so if you are using XChat, things will look a little different.
      Adding/Deleting/Editing Networks:
      1. Start XChat/HexChat and (depending on if you have auto connect on or not) it may connect you to SpotChat and/or other Networks.
        • If you automatically connect to Network(s) then once it's done connecting, at the top of XChat/HexChat, it will have a menu option that says either XChat or HexChat. Click it, and go to Network List. Then see step 2.
        • If you do NOT automatically connect to Network(s) it will open up to the Network List. See step 2.
      2. On the Network List, you will see the Networks your client has configured.
        • Adding a Network:
          1. Click Add
          2. Name the Network whatever you want. Screen shot: http://imagebin.org/302910
          3. Press ENTER. You MUST do this before doing anything else with the Network, else the name you choose won't be applied.
        • Editing a Network
          1. Select the Network you want to edit.
          2. Click Edit and a window similar to this will pop up: http://imagebin.org/302912
          3. To edit the domain name of the Network, click 'Edit' at the very top to edit the domain name. Change the domain name to whatever you want, then press ENTER. You MUST do this before doing anything else with the Network, else the domain name you choose won't be applied.
          4. Under the space for domains, there are different settings for connecting to the network automatically, using SSL, and different user information.
        • Deleting a Network
          1. Select the Network you want to delete in the Network List and click "Remove" and it will ask you to confirm. Simple as that!
  3. Using the SpotChat services to their full potential
    • NickServ
      • REGISTER -- To register with NickServ, type:
        Code: Select all
        /MSG NickServ HELP REGISTER
        in your IRC client. Registering with NickServ will allow you to:
        • Prevent other people from using your Nick.
        • Register Channels.
        • Request a vHost/cloak (custom hostmask).
        • Remove people from the Network who are using your nick.
      • IDENTIFY -- To identify to NickServ, type:
        Code: Select all
        /MSG NickServ IDENTIFY <password>
        in your IRC client, replacing <password> with your actual password, of course.
      • REGAIN YOUR NICK -- If someone is using your nick, you can regain it by typing
        Code: Select all
        /MSG NickServ REGAIN <password>
        into your client, replacing <password> with your actual password, of course. Then:
        Code: Select all
        /NICK <yournick>
        to change your nick.
      • MORE HELP -- For more help with NickServ, type:
        Code: Select all
        /MSG NickServ HELP
        for a list of more commands.
    • ChanServ
      • REGISTER A CHANNEL -- To register a channel with ChanServ, type:
        Code: Select all
        /MSG ChanServ HELP REGISTER
        in your IRC client.
      • ChanServ FLAGS -- To see help with ChanServ flags (A list of who has access in your channel), type:
        Code: Select all
        /MSG ChanServ HELP FLAGS
        in your IRC client.
      • MORE HELP -- For more help with NickServ, type:
        Code: Select all
        /MSG ChanServ HELP
        for a list of more commands.
    • HostServ
      • REQUEST A vHOST -- To request a vHost (custom hostmask), type:
        Code: Select all
        /MSG HostServ HELP REQUEST
        in your client.
      • MORE HELP -- For more help with HostServ, type:
        Code: Select all
        /MSG HostServ HELP
        for a list of more commands.
Well, I hope that I could be of help to SOME people, at least. Thanks for reading!
Can be found on the SpotChat IRC Network -- irc.spotchat.org -- http://www.spotchat.org/index.html
Channels I frequent: #linuxmint-chat, #Randomness, #SpotChat
Nick on IRC: r00t
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