Internet Relay Chat
From Vancouver Anonymous Protest Planning & Information Wiki - Vanonymous
IRC (Internet Relay Chat) is a popular online chat system.
Our channel is #vanonymous on irc.slacknet.org
If you already have an IRC client installed you can try clicking the link below to automatically connect to the channel #vanonymous
Alternatively you can use the Wiki IRC Client to connect right within your browser
More about IRC
Vanonymous IRC Guide
- With all of the problems we've been experiencing with partyvan.fm lately - please note that we have decided to jump ship to a new IRC channel and server. We will have a few members in #vanraid on partyvan.fm for a few weeks still to let everyone know about the movie - but otherwise please redirect your visits to the following:
- Server: irc.slacknet.org
- There is a new nickserv and identification system here seeing as it is a separate server - so feel free to register a new nick and vhost here.
- To register your nick, type /msg nickserv register password email
- To automatically be identified, use /msg nickserv ACCESS ADD your@*.host.here
- Vhosts are available. /msg hostserv request yourhost
With that said, behold the IRC tutorial!
We have an IRC channel that is a GREAT way to get in contact with everyone at Vancouver Anonymous. Not to mention, you guys should idle in there so that when users come for assistance, you can be there to help. IRC is extremely useful for having meetings real-time as well as breaking away from the format of a forum.
First and foremost, IRC is a protocol-- meaning that you need a "client" or program to use it. A parallel would be Firefox to use HTTP protocol. IRC is nothing more than a more powerful chat client (like AIM). It uses just about NO bandwidth, so leaving it running on your computer all the time isn't a big deal. If your not familiar with IRC, this should help you get up and going. Its very robust, and has many clients for all types of operating systems.
Alright chums, this really comes down to personal taste. I enjoy the simple, robust clients myself.
- mIRC + NNScript - Forgott3n recommended
Mac OS X
- ChatZilla - Forgott3n recommended
GNU Linux / Linux / UNIX / FreeBSD
- ChatZilla - Forgott3n recommended
This tutorial will cover mIRC, which is almost directly applicable to ChatZilla. Most clients function the exact same so don't worry if you choose, say, XChat. You can still follow along!
If you have never connected to IRC, never fear. Its pretty simple.
Step 1: Download an IRC Client
Before the fun can begin, you must get a IRC client. mIRC is far and away the most popular Windows client. You can get it at www.mirc.com and its "shareware" although it never expires. Installation is simple. If you follow my suggestion, download NNScript which extends and beautifies mIRC. www.nnscript.de
Step 2: Configure IRC Client (only do this once)
After installation, if you went with mIRC on its own, you will need to configure it with some basic information. However, if you went with NNScript, relax! It prompts you through it all. ALL of this can be done in Tools -> Options.
Full Name: Anonymous (Note: don't make this your real name, you can choose whatever you want)
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Click "Add"
- In Description put "Random SlackNet Server"
- In IRC Server put "irc.slacknet.org"
- In the port box, put "6667"
- Leave everything else blank and click ADD
- Now select that new server from the list.
Check connect on startup
Check reconnect on disconnection
ALL other options are not necessary.
Step 3: Join the server
If you checked the "connect on startup" option, then simply restart mIRC and it should connect to SlackNet. Another method is to go to the text field at the bottom (where you type to chat) and type:
- /server irc.slacknet.org
And it should work. Note: That command is virtually universal, it should work with all clients.
Step 4: Join the channel
In your IRC window type:
- /join #vanonymous
and press Enter. You should now be in our channel.
NickServ is a service, designed to look like a user, that will allow you to "register" your nickname. It is highly recommended to do so, as it ensures you are the real you and not an impostor. The one time setup for your nickname is as follows:
If you haven't already chosen a username type:
- /nick yourusername
Then message NickServ that you want to register:
- /msg NickServ REGISTER YourPassword YourRealEmail
If all goes well, NickServ will message back saying that it was a success.
From now on, whenever you join the server with your nickname, NickServ will request that you identify yourself or change your nickname. To "identify" yourself type:
- /msg NickServ IDENTIFY YourPassword
For lots of very good options on nickname security, outside the scope of this tutorial, message NickServ with "HELP".
Quickly touching on this point. Channels have to be administered, and therefore a hierarchy of power is established. For the purposes of Vancouver Anonymous, you'll find it pretty basic.
- Users with nothing are normal users, they can chat and various other things.
- Users with a + symbol has Voice (+v flag) are exactly the same as normal users except when the channel is set to moderated (+m flag) and they can talk whereas a normal user cannot. In Vancouver Anonymous, you'll almost never see that happen.
- Users with @ or & symbols have either Operator or Owner (+o flag) status respectively. They have FULL control of the channel, including the ability to kick or ban you