Note: ircII , the client most people are using, has most of this information online. If you are stuck, type `` /HELP'' and hit <return>. To escape from HELP mode, keep pressing return until your edit line (the line at the bottom of the screen) is empty. Most of the information in this file can be found typing those commands: `` /HELP INTRO'' or `` /HELP NEWUSER''.
The slash is the default command character . Commands are not case sensitive, and can be abbreviated to their first letters: `` /SI'' and `` /sign <text>'' stand for /SIGNOFF and will both end your IRC session (more page ) .
Anything that does not begin with a `` /'' is assumed to be a message to someone and will be sent to your current channel, or to a person you are QUERYing (the QUERY command will be detailed later on, maybe even page ).
If you are not sure about the spelling of an ircII command, type the prefix of that command, and press the ESCape key twice; ircII will give you a listing of commands and aliases that start with that prefix. Don't forget the `` /'' in front of the command, though.
/W <ESC><ESC> *** Commands: *** WAIT WALL WALLOPS WHICH *** WHILE WHO WHOIS WHOWAS *** WINDOW *** Aliases: *** W
This is an example. Your screen may show more aliases, and less commands than shown here, or less aliases and more commands --- in other words ``your mileage may vary''...
When you first get on IRC , you are put into a dead place where nobody is talking. You can either start a private conversation with some people, basically using MSG, or JOIN a channel for public chat.