Newbie Guide to ExileNET

Version 1.0.0

Edited by evul () on 2007-04-01

Introduction

IRC stands for "Internet Relay Chat". It was originally written by Jarkko Oikarinen in 1988. Since starting in Finland, it has been used in over 60 countries around the world. IRC is a multi-user chat system, where people meet on "channels" (rooms, virtual places, usually with a certain topic of conversation) to talk in groups, or privately. There is no restriction to the number of people that can participate in a given discussion, or the number of channels that can be formed on IRC.

Contents

1 · Connecting to ExileNET

To connect to ExileNET, you need an IRC client. Regardless of your operating system, chances are there is at least one IRC client for it. For more information about the wide variety of software you can use to access ExileNET, see http://www.exilenet.org/index.php?page=clients. If you can't download an IRC client but would like to chat on ExileNET, http://www.exilenet.org has a CGI client available for public use or you can visit http://www.mibbit.com.

2 · What makes ExileNET special?

ExileNET is different from other IRC networks in a variety of ways. The most important difference is ExileNET's custom IRC Services: NickServ, XChanServ, HelpServ and MemoServ. ExileNET's services are maintained and upgraded by our own staff. They are designed to make your chatting experience more enjoyable; for more information about ExileNET's services, please visit http://www.exilenet.org/index.php?page=services.

3 · Basic IRC Commands

Connect to an IRC server

/server server:port

(example: /server irc.exilenet.org:6667)

Quit IRC with "message"

/quit message
(example: /quit Bye everyone!)

Enters the specified channel

/join #channel
(example: /join #Help)

Leaves the specified channel

/part #channel message
(example: /part #Help Thanks for the help!)

Performs an action - * YourNick does something

/me action to perform
(example: /me waves to everyone in the channel)

Lists channels matching *subject*

/list *subject*

(example: /list *help*)

It might be worthwhile to note that all IRC commands can be typed into the commandline of your IRC client, though some have "popups" or similar menu features. For help using your IRC client, try a channel with the same name (e.g. #mIRC for mIRC, #pIRCh for pIRCh) or you can try /help in your IRC client.

One of the most frequently asked questions by new users is how to register a nick. This information can be found through http://www.exilenet.org/index.php?page=NickServ.

4 · Finding Help

ExileNET has a large number of help channels that deal with a variety of different topics, not all of them necessarily IRC related. Therefore, the first step to finding help is to determine the nature of your problem.

For IRC related problems, it's important to know if it's a ExileNET related question or not. We do not help with problems on other networks (getting banned, identd problems, server downtime, etc.). For ExileNET related questions it's a good idea to visit #ExileNET, #IRCHelp or #Help.

5 · ExileNET's IRC Operators

A ExileNET IRC Operator assists his or her admin in server maintenance as assigned and helps maintain network stability. IRCops assist users in becoming oriented to the ExileNET network, ExileNET Services and in the mediation of disputes. They may also participate in various teams as they desire. Please note that ExileNET is not a for-profit entity and its staff members are not paid.

For further information about the network's administration, you can visit http://www.exilenet.org/index.php?page=adminstration.

6 · Channel Operators

Persons with the @ symbol in front of their nick are considered channel operators, who can change some channel settings and keep order. They have the ability to forcefully remove someone from a channel, among other things. ExileNET does not take part in how any channel is managed, that is up to the channel's ops, and ultimately, the channel's founder. Most ops behave responsibly, but if there are any problems, you should contact the channel's founder. The founder has the final say in how their channel is run. You can find out who is the founder of a channel with any of the following commands:

Xinfo #channel

/msg X info #channel

/msg X@services.exilenet.org info #channel

7 · Security

When using IRC, you should be especially cautious about security. Be very careful when accepting files over IRC, do not share nickname or channel passwords with other users, and make sure to visit http://www.exilenet.org/docs/exploits.html if you're using any form of Microsoft Windows.

8 · Conclusion

The ExileNET Documentation Team provides many interesting and helpful topics which you may find useful, see http://www.exilenet.org/docs/help.html for more information.