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Getting Started

Firstly, let us welcome you to AmigaworldNET, new user. Below is a list of tools to get you started on this network with the basics that you want to know, so read on...

1. Logging In

This is very simple. First, you'll need an IRC client, to log on to the server. You can get a list here. Choose one, download it, open it, and set it up. The server, of course, is irc.amigaworld.net. That will bring you on to our default server.

2. Registering Your Name

This is the first thing you'll want to do when setting yourself up on our server, so you can protect your nickname so only you can use it. In your Status window on your IRC window, type:

/nick YourChosenName

Where 'YourChosenName' is the name you wish to use. Once you have done that, in that same window, type:

/msg nickserv REGISTER password e-mail

However, don't include characters around your password and e-mail address, just seperate them with a single space. The e-mail address that you use must be valid as this will be used to send your password should you forget it.

Remember: Every time you log back on to the server as YourChosenName, type:

/msg nickserv identify password

3. Registering Your Channel

A channel is the proper name for what some people call a 'chat room.' As you will probably know by now, channel names always start with #. Once you've registered your nick-name, you'll probably want to register a channel. First, type:

/join #your-channel-name

Choose a name for your channel, as illustrated above. If, when you join, your name has an @ symbol beside it (@YourName), then you're ready to proceed with registration. If you have left AmigaworldNET, and have returned to register your channel, log on again by typing:

/msg nickserv identify password

Once you have identified your nickname, proceed with channel registration by first joining your channel and typing:

/msg chanserv REGISTER #your-channel-name password description

Now, the important part: Your password. As the owner of this channel, this permits you to have full control of what goes on on your channel. For your description, just put anything pretty much relating to the topic of your channel, because you can always change your topic in your channel.

Now that your channel is registered, ChanServ should tell you that the channel modes are set to +nrt, which means it's registered and under your control. For further information on ChanServ commands, you should type:

/msg ChanServ help

This will reveal a list of commands to help you design, develop, and operate your channel effectively.

4. Remembering the Basic Tasks

Identification: After you have registered your nick-name and channel, and plan on returning to AmigaworldNET, please remember to identify yourself using NickServ (command shown below) every time you log on to AmigaworldNET. Otherwise, after 30-days, your nickname will be open for anyone to register. Also, your channel, after 30-days without anyone identifying to it or using it, will be dropped from ChanServ.

/msg nickserv identify password

What does this command do? It proves you are the rightful owner of this nick-name. When you enter channels registered to your nick-name, ChanServ will recognize you as the owner of those channels and will set you +o (channel operator). This is quite an important task to do when you're on the server, so get used to it and it will become second nature.

5. Dropping a channel

You may find that you don't want your channel anymore. You can drop your channel by first identifying yourself as the channel owner:

/msg chanserv identify #your-channel-name password

Secondly, type the following to delete the channel. Remember, this is permanent - you can't reverse it!

/msg chanserv drop #your-channel-name

6. Useful Commands

Change your nick-name: If you wish to alter your nick-name, but not permanently, simply type:

/nick NewName

When you want to return to your registered nick-name, type:

/nick RegisteredName

Followed by:

/msg nickserv identify password

Set Away Messages: If you are leaving the computer or keyboard for a while and want to inform curious minds where you'll be, type (in most IRC clients, this command is ready for use):

/away Your Away message reason

For instance, if you were going to be right back, you might type:

/away BRB

When you return to your computer/keyboard, type:


and the away message will be removed from your information.

Get information on other users: If you wish to find out more basic information on another user, type:

/whois Nickname

This will reveal several tidbits about that user, but nothing overly personal. Let's say that you wanted information on someone who has just left IRC. You could type:

/whowas Nickname

If they were recently on IRC, the server will retrieve some information about them.

Private Messages: You can speak with another user in private by typing:

/query Nickname

In most IRC clients, double clicking on a nick-name in a channel's names list will also open a window to talk to that person in private. You do not have to share any channels with someone to talk to them privately.

Channel List: You can obtain a list of active channels by typing:


This command will show you the channel name, how many users are currently in that channel, and the topic for that channel.


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