Chat Room Guide

We have a chat room for discussing over the internet, matters of life, death, religion, and kittens.

The easiest way to connect is to use the web page right here. So enter your name and say hello!

Alternatively you can use any IRC client to connect. The details are below

IRC Server:
Channel:        #aass

Suggested IRC clients:

Basic Commands
If you want to be called something other than guest_666 type

/nick RDawkins

And your name will be changed to RDawkins.

Sometimes actions speak louder than words, and you may often see something like

* RDawkins evolves

In order to produce such an output you would type:

/me evolves

Although a whole channel of people may seem like a good thing, sometimes you may want to have private conversation. To initiate a private chat, /query [nick] – so to chat with Mr. Dawkins, you’d use:

/query RDawkins

This will open a new window or tab which will be used to talk to whoever you messaged. The same kind of window will open if someone else sends you a private message. You can switch back and forth between different windows by clicking on them if you have more than one conversation going on at once.

Nick Registration
Just because you use a particular nick does not mean you will be able to in the future – once you disconnect, your nick becomes available for anyone else to use. If they’re still using it when you come back, then you’ll be stuck having to use a different one until they leave.

To prevent this you can register your nick so that noone else can use it without supplying a password. To do so type:

/msg nickserv register [password] [email]

You will then receive an email giving you instructions on how to confirm your nickname registration. You only need to do this once.
Once you have registered, you can identify yourself with the following:

/msg nickserv identify [password]

Different clients have different ways of supplying this information automatically, so you don’t have to worry about typing the command every time you use IRC.