Aero wrote:What is mIRC?: mIRC is a popular Internet Relay Chat client used by millions of people, and thousands of organizations, to communicate, share, play and work with each other on IRC networks around the world. Serving the Internet community for over a decade, mIRC has evolved into a powerful, reliable and fun piece of technology.
Why do I want IRC?: IRC is used by a lot of members of the LS:RP community. It's a great way to get in contact with a lot of our community. You can get in contact with admins/tester's easier through IRC. Get to meet a lot of new people, and hold an enjoyable conversation.
How to get on IRC?: Follow the following instructions, and I'll walk you through on how to get in LS:RP's IRC network.
I am not satisfied with Aero's guide for one reason, and that is his choice of software. As it currently is, mIRC is a very complicated piece of software that requires you to know the IRC protocol inside out before you actually start using it. On top of that, it's paid software, often pirated, and has nasty little quirks. For my guide, I'll be using an open source piece of software called Pidgin that works splendidly for its purpose, though admittedly doesn't have the same amount of options mIRC has.
What is Pidgin?: Pidgin is an easy to use open source chat program that can connect with more than a dozen of protocols. It uses the same interface for every protocol you may wish to add to it, including (but not restricted to) Google Talk, MSN, Yahoo!, AIM and most importantly; IRC. It has all basic functionality, and plug-ins can be used to add extra functionality/protocols.
Let's get started. This is written using Linux (Ubuntu 12.04), so don't freak out because you see a different user interface.
If you have Linux: Install Pidgin from your repositories.
If you have Windows: Go to this page and download and install Pidgin.
If you have OS X: Go to this page and download and install Adium, or go to this page and compile Pidgin from source. NOTE: I do not work with OS X at all, and cannot guarantee that this guide will work for you.
Start Pidgin. Note for Windows users: If you ever have trouble opening Pidgin, look in the bottom right corner of your screen to open it up. You will be greeted by this blank screen:
Select "Accounts → Manage Accounts" or press "CTRL + A". You will be greeted by this window:
Select IRC from the list. Write a username you'd like to use in the correct field. You can leave "Local alias" and "Password" blank, but you may use the same alias as your username.
For the server, because this is LS-RP, fill in:
In the "Advanced" tab, write down your username again and insert anything for your real name.
Click "Add" and close the the other overlapping windows to go back to a blank "Buddy List".
Select "Buddies → Add Chat...". You will see this window:
Insert all details! They're pretty self-explanatory. The main LS-RP channel uses #ls-rp. A note: "Alias" is the full name you'd like to give to the channel. You can leave it empty, or give it a proper name. You'll also need to assign the channel a group. I write "IRC" down for all my IRC channels.
Click "Add". The channel will now appear in your buddy list. You can join it at will, and start using IRC.
Step 11 (OPTIONAL)
Register your username. Join the channel and write down "/msg nickserv register". This will open a separate "NickServ" window. We will use this window to actually register. Write down "/msg nickserv register yourpasswordhere fakeemailaddresshere". Just don't use your real e-mail address. I used "[email protected]". Your nickname - unless already taken - will now be registered for you.
To log in, write down "/msg nickserv identify yourpasswordhere". Alternatively, automatically log in by going back to "Accounts → Manage Accounts", and select "Modify...". Then insert your password.
Step 12 (OPTIONAL)
This is something majorly important for a lot of IRC users. Because a lot of people just roam in the IRC channel all day and don't actually use it to chat, they won't respond to you unless you say the magic word: their name. This will activate a sound notification for them, and they'll be aware someone wants to talk to them. In the Buddy List, select "Tools → Preferences" and select "Sound" in the options menu. Scroll down the tiny list until you see "Someone says your username in chat". Select that. You may also fiddle around with other settings to your likings.
That's all, folks
IRC the easy way. Enjoy chatting with everyone. I'm almost entirely positive you'll enjoy Pidgin a lot more than mIRC. Here's why (credits to Aero for the last picture):