Borgleader's quick guide to IRC:1) What is IRC?
IRC stands for "Instant Relay Chat", what does it mean for you? Simple, it's a channel (or "chat room") where people can talk much like you would on MSN/AIM/...2) Why IRC?
The forums are great but sometimes when you have questions that would involve a discussion with someone else or that are really really simple an IRC channel is a little better suited.3) So I should ditch the forums then?
NO, use both 4) Ok but how?
To use IRC you need an IRC client, now there are multiple options out there here are a few:
An in browser IRC chat nothing to install all you have to do is:
- click "server", and enter "irc.enterthegame.com"
- enter a nickname in the "Nick" box
- enter "#indigo" in the channel box
- Click go!
Again allows you to view the IRC channel in your browser (Firefox only), what you need to do is:
- Tools --> Chatzilla
- in the text box (at the bottom):
type "/server irc.enterthegame.com"
type "/join #indigo"
Standalone chat application which allows you to connect to a bunch of services including IRC:
- follow the tutorial here: http://stfu.blogs.ablenet.org/100/how_t ... idgin_gaim
(to be honest I've never used pidgin unlike the first two options so that's why I'm using someone else as a reference)
there are a lot of other options (trillian and mirc come to mind) and for most/all of these, the login process can be automated but I'll let you look that up on your own 5) I'm scared of blind dates, what does IRC look like?
(The example was taken in Chatzilla but it's similar in all cases)
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P.S: If you find some information is lacking/unclear or find mistakes the guide please PM so I can make it better.