/LIST Lists all current irc channels, number of users, and topic. /NAMES Shows the nicknames of all users on each channel /JOIN <channel> Join the named channel. All non-commands you type will now go to everyone on that channel /MSG <nick> <msg> Sends a private message to the specified person. Only the specified nickname will see this message. /NICK Change your nickname /QUIT Exits irc. /HELP <topic> Gets help on all IRCII commands. /WHO <channel> Shows who is on a given channel, including nickname, user name and host, and realname. /WHOIS <nick> Shows the "true" indentity of someone Use this often to make sure you know who you are talking to, because nicknames are NOT owned so any number of people could use a nickname.
These commands should get you started on irc. Use the /HELP command to find out more about things on irc, or ask question of people... most would be happy to help you out.
This file contains some caveats for people new to IRC. It is not a guide to commands for IRC. For a brief guide to commands for new users, see /HELP INTRO.
See /HELP ETIQUETTE for a guide to good manners on IRC.
Okay, IRC is an international network servicing 20 or more countries. There are over 10,000 users.
Do not expect everybody to speak English.
The primary means of identification is currently by nickname. If you have any doubts about the identity of somebody using a given nick, use /WHOIS NickName to find out more. This gives detailed information on the person using the NickName. For example, if you are getting abusive messages from "Fred", type:
If the information displayed is not the same as that which you would expect for Fred, it is probably a case of impersonation.
Recently some users have been tricking others into allowing them to control their IRC sessions or damaging their files. If somebody asks you to type a command and you don't know what it does, use /HELP CommandName to find out more about it first. In particular, /ON has been used to cause trouble and is now initially disabled for new users. Additionally, /QUI is short for /QUIT and will terminate your IRC session. If you see any message asking you to type /QUI or /QUIT, ignore it.
Some new users have been baffled by "CTCP" messages appearing on the IRC session. These are messages from other users, asking your client to perform some service for them. They are generally generated by somebody typing in a CTCP command. See /HELP CTCP.
The following is a partial list of United States servers:
irc.primenet.com 2.8.21 Primenet, Phoenix, AZ irc.HACKS.Arizona.EDU 2.8.21 Home of the Arizona Wildcats
irc.netcom.com 2.8.21 NETCOM Online Communications Services, Inc. irc2.netcom.com 2.8.21 NETCOM Online Communications Services, Inc. irc.portal.com 2.8.21 Traffic Jam on the Superhighway irc1.portal.com 2.8.16 Road construction harp.aix.calpoly.edu 2.8.20.rf.KHS The Mighty Morphin Cal Poly server... B-w6yx.stanford.edu ircd2.8/dog3-super.pl7+ident Stanford Client server No w6yx.stanford.edu 2.8.21.dont_you_have_something_better_to_do_than_look_ at_my_ircd_version? From DC to Daylight irc.ucsd.edu 2.8.21beta+th University of California at San Diego
cuboulder.colorado.edu 2.8.20 Univ of Colorado Server
joyce.eng.yale.edu 2.8.21 Yale College IEEE irc server
irc.gate.net 2.8.21+E1 CyberGate, Inc.
irc.ecn.bgu.edu 2.8.20 Board Of Governors, Educational Computing N irc.uiuc.edu 2.8.21 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign irc.ais.net 2.8.21 American Information Systems - Chicago irc.mcs.net 2.8.21 MCSNet Services - +1 312-248-8649
irc.indiana.edu ircd2.8/dog3-super.pl7+ident IU Campus-Wide Irc Server copper.ucs.indiana.edu ircd2.8/dog3-super.pl8 IU Campus-Wide Irc Server
irc.iastate.edu 2.8.21.me+CS+Jon2 Iowa State Alternate Reality Server
irc.ksu.edu 2.8.21 Kansas Regional IRC Server
t8.mscf.uky.edu 2.8.20 The Hole in the Rock Server at the Univ. of
irc.digex.net 2.8.21 Digital Express Group
irc.delphi.com 2.8.20 Delphi Internet Services world.std.com 2.8.20 The World @ Software Tool & Die cs-pub.bu.edu 2.8.21 Boston University CS Dept irc.harvard.edu 2.8.20 If we're up, then all is well ;> irc.mit.edu 2.7.2g MIT Project Athena irc-2.mit.edu ircd2.8/dog3-super.pl7 Mass. Institute of Technology,
pegasus.ccs.itd.umich.edu 2.8.21.WH6 The White Horse
irc.tc.umn.edu 2.8.21+E1 University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
irc.mo.net 2.8.20 P-Net, Inc.
hertz.njit.edu 2.8.21 NJIT Computing Services Department,Newark bazooka.rutgers.edu 2.8.16.pilot+bp2 The 5 cent piece of gum holding the e irc.rutgers.edu 2.8.16.pilot+bp2 Rutgers University, New Brunswick irc.interactive.net 2.8.21/pimp.daddy.mack-pl6+note InterActive Networks,
irc.escape.com 2.8.21.me+digi Escape - New York City azure.acsu.buffalo.edu 2.8.20 University at Buffalo, Buffalo organ.ctr.columbia.edu 2.8.20 Columbia University IRC red-dwarf.cit.cornell.edu 2.8.16 The CIT IRC mcnet02.med.nyu.edu 2.8.21 The Mid-Manhattan Link colossus.cs.rpi.edu 2.8.20 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute IRC Server
hobbes.catt.ncsu.edu 2.8.21.kline.Daemon's.fixes North Carolina IRC Server
slc9.ins.cwru.edu new CWRU IRC Server irc.apk.net 2.8.21 APK Net, Ltd IRC server
irc.ecn.uoknor.edu 2.8.20 SOONER ALPHA SERVER, SOONER THAN THE REST!
irc.pitt.edu 2.8.21 University of Pittsburgh
irc.neosoft.com 2.8/dog3-super.pl8+ident+CS NeoSoft - Houston acme.etsu.edu 2.8.20 The Magical Realms Server portal.tamu.edu 2.8.20 Da' Maroon Lagoon of Aggieland! dewey.cc.utexas.edu 2.8.21.me.Daemon's.fixes UT's "I Repeat Class" server mickey.cc.utexas.edu 2.8.21.me.Daemon's.fixes UT's 2nd "I Repeat Class" ser minnie.cc.utexas.edu 2.8.21.me.Daemon's.fixes UT's 3rd "I Repeat Class" ser irc.texas.net 2.8.21+ian Texas Networking, INC
irc.math.byu.edu 2.8.20 Brigham Young University Math Dept
irc02.irc.aol.com 2.8.21 America Online Routing Server poe.acc.Virginia.EDU 2.8.20 University of Virginia
irc.eskimo.com ircd2.8/dog3-super.pl8+ident Eskimo North -- Seattle alfred1.u.washington.edu 2.8.20/d3s+id+CS U of W IRC Server
eff.org 2.8.21 Electronic Frontier Foundation, G. St NW