Getting started with IRC

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In this tutorial/write up I'll be giving you a simple introduction into IRC, if IRC itself is unknown to you please read up about it here.

IRC Clients

First, you'll need to select an IRC client if you haven't already. You can use our own "web chat" which is available visit 'iris' here or you can use Mibbit, IRCCloud or another client which you'll have to install on your computer, here's a short list of clients that are compatible with multiple Operating Systems, I've left out links since they may get outdated.

  • X-Chat (on Windows, you might wish to use HexChat, which is basically X-Chat);
  • irssi
  • kvirc
  • quassel
  • chatzilla (firefox extension)

If you're not using a web based client (e.g. mibbit, irccloud or our own iris) you'll need to configure your client. When you first start the client, it'll often show you a dialog in which you can set your nickname, username and real name (you can also fill in something random, if you prefer) and you'll be asked to select a server to connect to.

For the moment, SoylentNews IRC isn't in the default list, so you'll have to add it. Here is the information you can use:

Network name: SoylentNews IRC Server: irc.soylentnews.org Port: 6667 (without SSL) and 6697 (with SSL, be sure to tick the correct field)

When you first connect to our server, you might wish to join a channel, you can do so by entering: /join #soylent [channels are prefixed with a hash mark (#)].

You can find a list of channels by entering: /list