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IRC/#duesouth FAQ 1.56

Last Revised (Officially): 12 June 1997



The purpose of this FAQ is to get complete IRC novices onto IRC and into #duesouth with a minimum of confusion, as well as provide some basic tips on IRC etiquette.

If you would like a step-by-step introduction to downloading and installing an irc client and making your first connection to irc and #duesouth, that is also available. I strongly encourage you to consult this FAQ after connection, though.

1. General IRC

1.1 What is IRC?
1.2 How do I get on IRC?

1.2.1 AOL
1.2.2 CompuServe
1.2.3 Prodigy
1.2.4 Microsoft Network
1.2.5 AT&T/Worldnet
1.2.6 Delphi
1.2.7 GEnie
1.2.8 Internet Service Providers

1.3 IRC servers

1.3.1 Efnet
1.3.2 Undernet
1.3.3 Dalnet

1.4 IRC clients

1.4.1 mIRC

1.4.1.1 Pros and Cons
1.4.1.2 Download sites
1.4.1.3 Program quirks, shortcuts, and setup info

1.4.2 WS-IRC

1.4.2.1 Pros and Cons
1.4.2.2 Download sites
1.4.2.3 Program quirks, shortcuts, and setup info

1.4.3 Netscape Chat

1.4.3.1 Pros and Cons
1.4.3.2 Download sites
1.4.3.3 Program quirks, shortcuts, and setup info

1.4.4 PIRCH

1.4.4.1 Pros and Cons
1.4.4.2 Download sites
1.4.4.3 Program quirks, shortcuts, and setup info

1.4.5 VIRC

1.4.5.1 Pros and Cons
1.4.5.2 Download sites
1.4.5.3 Program quirks, shortcuts, and setup info

1.4.6 Macintosh clients
1.4.7 Miscellaneous clients

1.5 Basic IRC commands

1.5.1 JOIN
1.5.2 PART, LEAVE & QUIT
1.5.3 NICK
1.5.4 TOPIC
1.5.5 ME
1.5.6 WHOIS
1.5.7 PING

1.6 Lag and splits
1.7 Basic survival and etiquette
1.80 Bots
1.81 Clones
1.82 Takeovers

2. #duesouth

2.1 Where is it?
2.2 When is it?
2.3 What the heck does that mean?
2.4 Thank you kindly?
2.5 Commonly used servers by those frequenting #duesouth

3. Tell me more!



Many thanks to my beta testers:
Caroline Mockett (Dief)
Angela Rivieccio (Aloha)
Jo Chu-Fook (Jedi-Jazz)
Toni Mandry
Kris Driessen (KrisD)
Anthony Kim
Further thanks to the many folks of DSOUTH-L who dropped info my way, especially:
Hanzhi Tang (Hanzhi)
Judy Stouffer (fmouse)
Ed Carp (erc)
Jim Dawson
Nicole Parrot (misscleo)
Tracy K. Wightman
Diana Talabac
Pam Maine
and especially Nancy Duemling who opened her house to a bunch of strange Duesers where I saw my first ever #duesouth chat.