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    Default THE COMPLETE IRC GUIDE by Cold-NiTe

    All information contained within this post was gleaned from the IRC Guides located at Iggy's Guides. Please feel free to either consult said guides or ask me for any help you might need. Also feel free to link to this post to spread information on how to obtain and or use IRC. If you find a problem that was not solved here, and there will be many I'm sure, then let me know of the problem and the solution if you know of it, and I'll add it.

    What is IRC?

    Strictly speaking, IRC stands for Internet Relay Chat. All it really is, is a program designed to allow people to chat with each other. You join a "server", which hosts a bunch of "channels". However, since it's creation, it's been slowly modified to do a lot of other things besides chatting. Which is why we use it now for anime and manga. You can download these files from other users over IRC.

    How do I get onto IRC?

    First you need a client.

    Two good lists of clients can be found here and here. Let me just be honest when I say that your best bet for a client is mIRC. mIRC is a client, it is NOT IRC itself. You use a client to connect to the IRC servers. IRC is really just a concept and a set of guidelines. Anyone can use any client to connect to any server. You could chat on the same server as a guy using Bersirc. It really doesn't matter what client you use as long as it is stable, safe, and you understand how to configure it. My guide will focus on making adjustments to mIRC. So for the purpose of using this guide, you may want to consider getting that, as it is one of the most used and most stable clients available.

    Here are my recommended clients;
    mIRC - The most common client, it is also possibly one of the simplest. However, scripting for it is relatively easy because of this.
    Bersirc - Another relatively common client, it is also quite stable.
    HydraIRC - Though still in its younger stages, this client seems to be coming along quite well.
    Trillian - This isn't really just an IRC client. This thing can, if you want it to, replace your AIM, MSN and Yahoo IM clients. A very handy tool.
    X-Chat - Another common client, it has gone into circulation among gamers due to certain modifications.
    KVirc - A recent addition that is reputedly quite impressive and supports both Windows and Linux. You won't be dissapointed. (Thanks Volvo.)

    This guide assumes you are using mIRC. So if you plan to set up your client using any instructions provided here, you must be using mIRC. Sorry guys, it's what I use so it's what I'll be able to offer support for. Assuming you followed mIRC link I provided, once you get to the page you should see a list of links on the left side of the page that read;

    Latest News
    Download mIRC
    How to Install
    Translations
    Message Board

    Intro to IRC
    IRC FAQ

    Intro to mIRC
    mIRC FAQ
    Command List

    How to Register

    Mailing Lists
    IRC Networks
    Chat Links
    More Info (Links)

    From the get go, you need to visit Download mIRC and download the latest version of mIRC. Right now it's 6.16, and likely to stay at that version for a while. Well, looky there, they have install instructions, and setup instructions! Visit the How to Install page to read them. I highly recommend you read Intro to IRC, IRC FAQ, glance over Intro to mIRC, and refer to both mIRC FAQ and Command List respectively. You will find the Command List to be particularly useful once you get settled in IRC because it provides a way to start off on IRC, before you know all the commands you need on your own. Frankly, you may never use 60% of these, or even 80%, but it's good to know they are there. Also, it should be noted, you DO NOT HAVE TO REGISTER. You will be asked by the program every time you start it if you want to register. Wait about 6 seconds while it loads, and it will stop asking you. If you want to register, it's about $20, and you might as well consider it a donation to this guy, who built a very solid program.

    Secondly, you need to install the client.

    Assume you've downloaded mIRC. You went to the download page, and downloaded the latest client available, which is very important. Install the program to your program files directory. You should see this folder after installation. Take a good look at it, you will want to remember where it is and what's in it. For us, one folder is probably the most important. The "download" folder. That's where all your files will go after you get them from a bot or an fserv. Later on you may decide to turn on "logging" which saves all the stuff that shows up in a channel to a text file. If you do, your logs will be saved to the "logs" folder.



    But you're not done yet! Just downloading mIRC and memorizing what folders are where isn't going to help you when it comes time to actually use an XDCC bot or an fserv. For that, you need to change a few settings, to ensure that your downloads go smoothly and that you can properly connect to other people for any sort of data transfer.

    Then, you set up the client.

    Did you read How to Install? If you did, then you know how to setup the client so that your name and ip and other important and necessary information is entered. If you didn't go visit the page now and read steps 3 and 4. Once you've done that, you're ready to move on to the second half of setting up the client; configuring your client to handle DCC transfers and to access the IRC networks that handle anime related traffic. Let's start by going into more detail on "servers". Earlier I explained that servers hold channels and channels hold people, and in those channels you acquire files and chat. A server on IRC is just like any website server on the internet, it's just a computer that hosts a bunch of things. In this case, it runs a server version of IRC, that allows it to act as a network, linking hundreds and even thousands of people together. There are tons and tons of servers, most of which, you will never visit unless you go out of your way too. In our case, only a handful of servers concern us, because on these servers, we can find anime and manga. Let's go ahead and list out some important ones.

    (A) Anime Related Network/Server List
    irc.rizon.net - website
    irc.irchighway.net - website
    irc.immortal-anime.net - website
    irc.aniverse.com - website
    irc.enterthegame.com - website
    irc.chatsociety.net - website currently down.
    irc.chatspike.net - website

    (People may crucify me for not listing their favorite networks, but I'm just going to go with the ones I use.)

    Now we are going to set you up with the same networks as me, and get rid of all those networks you don't use. You can re-add them later, if for some reason you plan on using them. Open up mIRC, skip past the register screen to this screen;





    Now click the word "servers" on the left to get this screen;

    NOTE: This second picture is taken from my own client.
    The window looks different because my windows theme
    is 2 cool 4 this planet. So shaddup.






    If you click the little down arrow next to the white box where "chatspike" is written (read: the server list), you'll get a huge list of servers if you just installed IRC. That's fine, but no one needs this many servers, and it'll just make finding the ones you WANT take longer than it should. So hit the delete button as many times as you can stand it. Then hit it some more. Even delete the servers that I listed above as being anime providing networks. Why? Because if you don't, you'll have to keep hitting that down button and selecting a different server to delete. If you do, you can just hit the delete button over and over really fast. Yeah, I'm a bastard like that. Now, we re-add all the servers we want, some of which weren't in that list to begin with. Press the add button to begin, and you'll get a screen like this;





    For the sake of simplicity, always leave the port at 6667 unless the network specifies otherwise. As far as my limited knowledge goes, it really doesn't matter, and ports is another 3 hour long tutorial that I may or may not do some other time. As for the other information, remember that list of networks? It's all there. Put each network, starting with irc.rizon.net in the box labeled "IRC Server". Then put whatever description you want, it doesn't matter. And finally if you want, make up a group for all your anime servers and put it in all the boxes labeled group for each server. Being the creativer person I am, I put "Anime" in every group box. As you can see in the second picture, right above the one above this paragraph, where I told you to click on "servers", the 'group' is listed under IRC Network. Now don't get me wrong, a server is a network. So don't ask me why they call your labels 'networks'. My guess is because that originally all the IRC servers were hosted by 4 or so "main" networks and that everything was divided under that. I deleted my old groups long ago, when I deleted my original server list like I told you to. So it doesn't matter. Groups are a matter of convenience. I have 2 Groups, Anime and "Gaming", for all my PC game IRC servers. Group things however you want.

    (B) Setting your DCC Options
    So I mentioned the term DCC earlier right? But that doesn't really explain what it is. First off, DCC stands for Direct Client-to-Client. What's the difference between DCC chat or DCC anything and regular chat on channels? There's no server between you and the other guy. If you DCC chat it means you are directly connected to that person, no server involved. Why? Because it wouldn't make a lot of sense to send a file from him, to the server, then to you; when you could just send the file from him to you. You can /msg a person to talk privately with them and still have the server between you. If you DCC chat with them, it's usually because you want to transfer a file. There are two common types of DCC transfers that anime viewers like you and me have to deal with. XDCC bots and FSERVs. XDCC was initially a giant script written by a guy by the nick of "Xabi" in the mid-90's. The X just means eXtended, because the script extended DCC (Direct Client-to-Client) protocol to include some other stuff. Now we use it to refer to these bots that have extended DCC protocol that allows them to handle and send large files automatically, without having to enter a DCC chat first. FSERV's and XDCC bots do the same thing, but XDCC bots are usually hosted by the fansubber's themselves and don't require DCC chat to download files or browse, they just start a DCC transfer immediately after recieving and accepting a command.

    XDCC BOT COMMANDS: Note to the Unwise: Do not include < > in your actual command.
    /msg <botname> xdcc send <pack number> (Requests a pack number from the bot.)
    /ctcp <botname> xdcc send <pack number> (If the above is disabled, try this.)
    /msg <botname> xdcc list (Requests a list of packs available from the bot.)
    /ctcp <botname> xdcc list (If the above is disabled, try this.)
    /msg <botname> xdcc remove (This only works via msg.)


    FSERV's on the other hand stand for File Servers and don't use extended DCC scripting, so they require you to enter a scripted DCC chat with them and send a series of specific commands to browse through their library and finally download the file you want after you find it. FSERV's I'll cover in a different tutorial, because using them and running them is a bit more work and I'm too lazy to include it here. Also I still need to show you how to configure your DCC Settings... Alright, so you're a big man now, you know what DCC stands for, you know what XDCC stands for. You could even use a bot if you came across one. But you still don't have your settings adjusted to use one. Whazzat? What settings? These settings; (One by one, configure your screen to match mine EXACTLY. And you should be good to go.)














    (C) Getting Used to the Toolbar / Channels Continued
    Okay, so now your settings are working too, and if you managed to get to a bot, and you hit the commands, which you happen to know as well you handsome devil you , you'd get the prize. Oh but that's right, you don't even know the toolbar. Chances are, if your brain isn't the mental equivalent of a rutabaga, you could figure it out by yourself. But I might as well throw that in the package, right? So I'll explain each one from left to right, how's that?



    1.) The Connect/Disconnect button. Normally when you start up mIRC, hit continue to skip the good ol' Khaled passing out the tin cup asking for cash, and hit "Connect to Server" on the screen that's the same as that very first picture of mIRC (read: not the image of the folder, Senior Rutabaga) you start connecting to the Network from there. But should you ever find yourself disconnected for some reason, this is the button to hit! Likewise if you want to GTFO (get the **** out) of there.

    2.) The Options button. That screen I've been posting pictures of all this time? The one with the white space on the left and all those options in it? That's what this opens up. That's the options screen, thus this is the options button.

    3.) The Favorites button. This is a list of channels you can connect to. When you first get mIRC it might be full of random garbage or it might be empty. Frankly, I don't remember. If it's full of junk, delete all that nonsense and add channels for the places you intend to go. #HolySentinels better be on the list! Nah seriously though, go add the fansubbing channels. Don't know what they are? Go to the websites of all the fansubbers you used to get torrents from. ANBU, A-Keep, AonE, A-Kraze, etc. And add them here for quick access. Remember the # sign is important, make sure you put it down. So for just those four, it'd be #anbudom, #anime-keep, #animeone, #anime-kraze. You're probably wondering why it isn't #anbu, #akeep, #aone and #akraze. Well it is, but those are locked channels that peons like you and me can't get to, because the fansubbers themselves are there, discussing "important" shit, like how to keep you and me off their backs. ...Where the hell was I? Oh;

    4.) The Channels List button. Woah guess what, this is for the real channels list. Don't bother using it. This son of a bitch finds and adds every channel on the server and puts them in a list for you. Gee, sounds useful. Until you have a list of about 3000 to search through, 99.99% of which is completely useless to you. Stick with favorites. You'll live longer.

    5.) The Scripts button. Here you write scripts. I go in-depth with scripts and the like here, in my other (much smaller) guide. Check it for more info. You'll need to register your nick sooner or later anyway.


    I'm skipping the non vital ones. Don't hate me because I'm lazy.


    9.) The DCC Send File button. Remember what I said about DCC chat? Well when you chat with another person, (read: not a bot or an FSERV {which is essentially a person with a script that acts as a bot}) you can send them files directly, without having to enter a DCC chat with them.


    10.) The DCC Chat button. If you do want to DCC chat with somebody. Here's the button.


    11.) The DCC Options button. This button takes you straight to the DCC section of the Options section. A quick shortcut to getting to the DCC settings to adjust them.


    12.) The Recieved Files button. Oh man, you'll be hitting this one a lot. Every time you download something through IRC, from a bot, an fserv, or that one guy in the channel handing out free jpegs of Paris Hilton (ugh now that's just sick man), this is where it goes.

    13.) The Log Files button. Chances are you had Logging on and didn't even know. That's what happened to me, and boy, I am damn lucky. I got some incriminating shit on people I tell you what. Anyway, turn it on if you feel like it. After doing all this other stuff, turning logging on is a walk in the park. Then hit this button to check your logs and see what people have been saying when they thought you were idling.


    And the rest as they say, is silence. Actually I'm like a race horse that sees the finish line, time to get the hell out of here and get me some feed. No buttons 14 - 18 for you buddy, they ain't that important, and I'm that freaking hungry.


    ...


    What the hell are you waiting for?!? Go man go! You're done mate, your settings are working, and if they aren't, give me a shout and I'll see what I can do. But I swear to god, this is all I did, and it works great for me, and if it works great for you, give me a shout anyway! I'm on irc.rizon.net on channel #HolySentinels.

    ~Cold-NiTe

    P.S. Stick a fork in me, I'm done.
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    Good instructions Cold. First time trying this protocol. Instructions (for the most part) transfered well enough to HydraIRC. Had to stare at the little text in the MISC options to find most of what mirc was refering to in those options, as Hydra keeps everything in the MISC as far as network goes (still 0.3 though). Decided not to mess with the port setings though.

    I'll have to go through some of your other guides now. Keep it up!
    Vol~

    thanks to Silverwmoon!

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    nice one Cold! i hope more people join us in the chatroom. 1cor makes me
    feel...
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    totally...
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    UNCOMFORTABLE!

    yes, i bet that bastard is giggling. :P

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    Thanks for your help. If you spot anything I can add or changes that need to be made, please let me know. I will gladly adapt this guide in whatever ways are necessary. Making a cross-client guide wouldn't be a bad idea either.

    I have a feeling this one will help a lot more people than the last because it starts from the very beginning.

    @Coolpup; that was the plan! And yeah, knowing him, he probably is, but his voice won't be the only one in the channel soon.
    Dear cousin choppitychop89, you were a good relative, though I hardly knew ye.

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    This is an awesome guide that will surely help wannabe irc users...dunno if they still don't understand after reading this...
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    Well for specific problems, they can just ask and I'll try to respond. I know there are plenty of others who can help as well.

    And mine isn't the only guide, there's always Iggy's.
    Dear cousin choppitychop89, you were a good relative, though I hardly knew ye.

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    nice.
    you should ask Jyuu to sticky this!
    EDIT: oo, okay it already is...

    btw, mircx is down. not the site, just the service.

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    Thanks. I'll make the appropriate change.
    Dear cousin choppitychop89, you were a good relative, though I hardly knew ye.

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    good work

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    you also forgot SysReset Cold-Nite...

 

 
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