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Updated 25.05.2013 (see last section about our bot)

 

After discussing it a bit and a short trial period, we've decided to switch over from the custom in-house chat system we had for a while and go towards the good old 90s, namely the always reliable IRC. Here is everything you need to know to get in on the "inside" action!

 

Channel name: #titanfocus

Server: irc.quakenet.org

 

Using the WebChat option

This is the default and most simple method. All you have to do is click on the link in the navigation tabs above (or HERE), enter a nickname and press "Join chat".

 

It's a perfectly functional option, but of course a very rudimentary one and with few configuration options. You can check the top-left corner menu to see what you can change (chat colors, notification options, etc).

 

Using an IRC client

If you plan to visit the chat more frequently (and you should!), it wouldn't be a bad idea to try one of the many clients available. Not only it makes everything look a bit more shiny, but it also gives you a ton of other config options that are not available on the webchat option.

 

Here are some of the more popular IRC clients:

 

mIRC  --  ChatZilla (FF addon)  --  ThrashIRC  --  X-Chat 2  --  Nettalk  -- HydraIRC -- KVIrc

 

Below I'll post a small tutorial on how to connect using mIRC. If you're using a different client and want to help out, submit your own small tutorial and I'll make sure to include it here.

 

Using mIRC to connect

After you've downloaded and installed it, like any other Windows software, open it and you should be greeted by a registration window. Always just wait a bit and press Continue. Don't worry about the time period they give you, nothing will change after it expires. mIRC is free to use forever, if you can live with that window popping up every time you open it.

 

The next window you see should be one closely resembling this one:

 

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Set your preferred nickname and an alternative (in case it's already used by someone else).

 

After that go in the left pane and choose Servers. From there find the Quakenet option and choose one of the random server options included in it (it's probably best to choose the one that's closer to you geographically). After that press Select and you should be back to the first window.

 

You can already successfully connect, but it's best to go through the next step as well.

 

Next go to the Options entry in the left pane. You can play around with those checkboxes, but none is too important. What it is important is the Perform button. This allows you to set which commands should be automatically executed each time you connect to the server. Press it and you should see the below window.

 

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Make sure Enable perform on connect is checked and that All Networks is selected (optionally you can add Quakenet and set commands only for it). The most common commands, that you should add here, are as follows:

  • /msg Q@CServe.quakenet.org AUTH username password
    • ?This works only if you already made an account on Quakenet and you'd have to replace username and password with the ones you set. See the below section for details. It is highly recommended you do it, for better security at least.
  • /MODE username +x
    • ?this makes your IP hidden from everyone else. It needs to be set everytime you join, so it's best to place it here, AFTER you login on Quakenet.
  • /j #titanfocus
    • ?Set this one last. It basically makes you auto-join the channel every time you connect to the server. If you want to add any other channels, just use the same model, but on a different line and of course replace titanfocus with the name of the channel.

All you have to do now is go back to Connect in the left panel and press, well, Connect. If you did not set the Perform commands, you'll have to write them by hand after you connect, at least the one needed to join the channel.

 

These are just the very basics. mIRC has a ton of other config options and you can go through most of them in that first window, by selecting the items in the left panel.

 

After you join a channel, you can double-click on the users in the right panel to start a private convo with them and also right-click on their names to access additional options.

 

You can also right click on the name of the channel in the top or left sections and set its notification options (flashing / beeping) plus tens of other things.

 

Registering an account on Quakenet

They have a great tutorial on this that tells you every step to do in order to receive an account.

 

If something's not clear, needs correcting or if you have any other issues, let me know here and I'll do my best to help!

 

Our very own IRC bot / stats page, thanks to Phixxion

To see what kinda stuff we get up to in this channel, take a look at our stats! Updated every 5 minutes, it should give you a peek into IRC. Use "stats?" on the channel to get a link to it, in case you forget it.

 

We also have a channel bot who serves and entertains us with fancy stuff. His name is Vael and his nickname is inspired by this brave mercenary from Guildwars, I thought the description perfectly fit him.

 

It automatically parses any links pasted in the channel and offers a clear description of what they're about. You can also use it to find out just about anything, just by adding the word "calc" in front of your query. For example, "calc Pacific Time" will return info on this timezone and the current time there.

 

If you have feature requests or feedback in any other way related to the bot, let me know I'm a bad programmer but I'll see what I can do!


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Great guide Mynsc, although I and many others were skeptical of moving over to IRC originally, I am pleased to say it's great :)


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Contents

  • What is IRC?
  • How do I join?
  • How do I use it?
  • Why should I bother?

What is IRC?
IRC (Internet Relay Chat) is basically the equivalent to a giant chat room. In fact, most chat rooms people are used to today are actually based from how IRC operates. Prior to message boards and such, IRC used to be the most popular method of communication for big communities online.

There are hundreds of IRC networks around, thousands of programs to connect to these networks and hundreds of thousands of channels on each network. But don't worry, you don't have to join all of them.

How do I get IRC?
There's many many programs floating around that let you connect to IRC. mIRC and XChat are the most popular clients for windows users, but you can just use a webchat if you don't feel like downloading anything smile.png

Once you find a nice program and set it up with your desired nickname, you have to set it up to connect to QuakeNet. mIRC users can just select "QuakeNet" from the list of servers in the options (It's the second option on the left when you first run the program). If you decided on the webchat then you don't have to worry, it already connects you to QuakeNet biggrin.png Alternatively, any other program you're using should come with a nice help section to show you how to connect to the server of your choice.

Once you've connected to QuakeNet, you need to join a channel. Channels are basically ways of splitting up IRC to group individual chats. Most channels can be identified by starting with a # sign; for example, the TitanFocus channel is simply #titanfocus. You may join this channel in your program of your choice by typing /join #titanfocus. Alternatively, if you used the webchat I linked earlier, it should automatically join the channel for you smile.png

How do I use IRC?
IRC is primarily text based. As such, most things are achieved with simple commands that you type in. Most programs will simplify this, however, by doing the commands for you and giving you a nice interface to them with buttons and menus and whatever. But that's just going to complicate things to explain them all for each programs, so I'll stick to commands for this. All commands start with /, if you don't add that beginning / then you're sending a message to the channel you're in.

To join channels, simply type /join #channelname. If the channel doesn't exist, it'll create it for you. There's no limit on what channels you can create, only that they don't already exist. Feel free to make one for your guild, for example smile.png

While inside channels, you can sometimes see signs next to peoples names - such as @ or +. Users that have @ next to their name inside a channel indicates they are an operator of that channel (Sometimes referred to as "op"s). These people can kick you and ban you and lots of fancy stuff on the channel. For #titanfocus, this is reserved to forum administrators and some global moderators. People with a + next to their name have "voice", this just means if there's ever a drastic spam attack and we make the channel moderated, then only people with + or @ can talk. Don't worry about it for now smile.png

If you want to talk privately with a specific person in IRC, you can open up a query with them. Simply type /query Nickname Message goes here (But replace nickname and your message). This will open up a new chat between you and that person, nobody else will see it.

Be careful though, anyone can use anyone elses name in IRC and there's nothing to stop them. You need to be sure you're talking to the right person. That's where /whois nickname comes in handy. This will give you a bunch of information about who a person is, such as their IP address and if they've authenticated themselves with QuakeNet to prove who they are. For myself, if you whois me you should see something like "Phixion is authed as Phixion". (notice: just one x on IRC but 2 x on the forums)

If you're tired of your nickname and want a new one, simply type /nick newname. The only restriction on this is that the new name must not be in use already.

I know all this. Where's the channel?
Server: irc.quakenet.org
Channel: #titanfocus

 

Why should I bother?

Because I said so.

 

To see what kinda stuff we get up to in this channel, take a look at our stats! Updated every 5 minutes, it should give you a peek into IRC. We also have a channel bot who serves and entertains us with fancy stuff. His name is Vael and his nickname is inspired by this brave mercenary from Guildwars, I thought the description perfectly fit him. Come in and find out what he got for ya! If you have feature requests or feedback in any other way related to the bot, let me know I'm a bad programmer but I'll see what I can do! Thanks to Dinnerbone for letting me use this text.



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The stats page is amazing Phix <3



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Silly me, not noticing there was an IRC thread already :( But I felt like people don't know about our awesome irc channel 



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The stats page is amazing Phix <3

Agreed.


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