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
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:
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:
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.
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!