Table: Private conversation commands
You can use the MSG command (usually `` M'' is an alias for it) to send someone a message that only that person can read.
/MSG <nickname>|<channel> <text>
Sends a private message to the specified nickname.
/MSG Nap This message is for Nap only. -> *Nap* This message is for Nap only.
On my screen will appear:*YourNick* This message is for Nap only.
If you want to send a private message to more than one person, you can specify a list of nicknames separated by commas (no spaces).
/MSG Nap,Sorg This message for both Nap and Sorg. -> *Nap* This message for both Nap and Sorg. -> *Sorg* This message for both Nap and Sorg.
Two special case nicknames are defined. If the nickname is `` ,'' (a comma), the message is sent to the last person who sent you a MSG. If the nickname is `` .'' (a period), the message is sent to the last person to whom you sent a message.
You can have a private conversation by only using /MSG. However, typing `` /MSG <nick> <text>'' or `` /MSG . <text>'' gets cumbersome. That's where the QUERY command comes in handy.
Starts a private conversation with <nickname>.
All text you type that would normally be sent to your channel now goes to the supplied nickname in the form of MSGs. To cancel a private conversation, use QUERY with no arguments.
/QUERY Nap *** Starting conversation with Nap Blahcrap -> *Nap* Blahcrap /QUERY *** Ending conversation with Nap
There is also another command to send messages, called NOTICE. Unlike MSGs, NOTICEs are surrounded by - when printed, and no automated responses (such as generated by IGNORE or an automaton) will be sent in reply. Services (robots) on IRC often use this form of interaction.
/NOTICE <nickname>|<channel> <text>
Sends a private message to the specified <nickname>.
/NOTICE Nap Better use /MSG instead of /NOTICE. -> -Nap- Better use /MSG instead of /NOTICE.
On my screen will appear:-YourNick- Better use /MSG instead of /NOTICE.
As you begin making new friends over IRC , you'll want to mark certain nicknames such that you will be warned when they signon or off.
Adds or removes <nickname> to the list of people you'll be warned when they enter or quit IRC .
/NOTIFY Nap Nappy *** Signon by Nap detected /NOTIFY *** Currently present: Nap *** Currently absent: Nappy
Eventually, you may wish some day not to see messages from a specific user on your screen. This may happen when someone is dumping large amounts of garbage, or if someone is harassing you. The proper response to such a behavior is to IGNORE that person. IGNORE is a very powerful command, and can be used in many ways. However, the basic usage of this tool is the following:
/IGNORE [<nickname>|<user@host> [[-]<message type>]]
Suppresses output from the given people from your screen. IGNORE can be set by nickname or by specifying a userid@hostname format. Wildcards may be used in all formats. Output that can been ignored includes MSGs, NOTICEs, PUBLIC messages, INVITES, ALL or NONE. Preceeding a type with a `` -'' indicates removal of ignoring of that type of message.
/IGNORE *@cheshire.oxy.edu ALL *** Ignoring ALL messages from *@CHESHIRE.OXY.EDU /IGNORE *** Ignorance List: *** *@CHESHIRE.OXY.EDU: ALL /IGNORE *@cheshire.oxy.edu NONE *** *@cheshire.oxy.edu removed from ignorance list