An IRC Primer IRC is a multi-user, multi-channel chatting network which allows people on a computer network to "talk" to one another in real-time. Each IRC user is identified by a unique nickname, and users can create and join "channels"; all communication is directed either to another nick (user), or to a channel (and all the users on that channel). All ircII commands begin with a '/' character. Anything that does not begin with a '/' is assumed to be a message that is sent to everyone on your current channel (most chatting is done this way). A valid command will take the form "/command arg1 arg2", where "args" are the possible arguments to the command, separated from the command and from each other by spaces. A list of basic commands follows (the case is unimportant when you enter a command): /NICK <nick> Change your nickname to something meaningful, so that people won't see your messages coming from a freenet userid like <aa382>. You'll want to do this first. Also good in an .ircrc file so you don't have to do this every time you enter IRC. /LIST Lists all the current IRC channels, with the number of users and topic for each. /NAMES Shows the nicknames of all the users on each channel. /WHO <channel> Shows who is on a given channel, including nickname, userid and host, and realname. Use /WHO 0 for all channels, or /WHO * for your current channel. Typing "/WHO 0" on the Freenet's local IRC is a good way to see everyone currently using IRC and what channels they're on, so you'll know who to /MSG or what channels to /JOIN. /JOIN <channel> Join the named channel. All non-commands you type will now go to everyone on that channel. This is also how you create a new channel. Note that channel names begin with a '#' or '&' sign, ie. #chat. /PART <channel> Leave the named channel. Unless you set the "NOVICE" flag to OFF ("/SET NOVICE OFF"), you will only be able to join one channel at a time (probably best to begin with). /MSG <nick> <msg> Sends a private message to the specified nickname. Only that person will see the message, as: "*yournick* Hi there!" /WHOIS <nick> Shows the real name and userid of a nick, as well as some other semi-useful information. /HELP [topic] Gets help on ircII commands. Use "/HELP ?" for a topic list. /QUIT Exits IRC, if you feel you must. These commands should get you started on IRC. Use the /HELP command to find out more about things on IRC, or ask questions of people...most would be happy to help you out (and show off a bit in the process). This document is available within ircII by typing "/help intro".