IRC means Internet Relay Chat. IRC is a CB-like interactive discussion environment. It is structured into channels, which are public discussion forums and also allows for private intercommunication. Each participant has a nickname, which normally is their bbs name. In case of a nickname collision (which means that someone else has chosen the same nickname before), the user is prompted for another nickname. Once invoked, IRC connects as a client to an IRC server. For this bbs the IRC server is located in Linz, Austria. Normally there are at least a thousand channels available with people talking from all over the world. A lot of IRC servers are connected with each other, so even people using IRC servers located elsewhere can join the discussion. Once connected, the screen splits into a dialogue window - which is the major part of the screen - and a command line, from which messages can be sent and commands given to control IRC. The syntax of IRC commands is in the form /COMMAND. Please note that all commands must to start with a slash "/". The channel syntax is usually of the form #CHANNEL, so that every channel name starts with a "#". Note that channel names are case sensitive. The most important IRC commands: With the key's <m><i> you can enter the "IRC" net. All IRC commands start with a forward slash (/). If you are a new user, type /help intro and /help newuser. Type /help to get the big helpmenu. Type /join #channel, to join a channel e.g. /join #helpt To type something over a channel, do not put the / in front of it. Type /leave #channel, to leave a channel e.g. /leave #help. Type /list or /names to see the current channels on IRC. Type /msg nick message, to talk to a person, e.g. /msg Mmmm Hi! Type /nick newnick, to make your new nickname. To get rid of excessive join/leave/mode messages, type /load silent. Type /quit to quit, /help for help on commands, /intro for this info.