'''IRC''' ('''Internet Relay Chat''') is a … '''IRC''' ('''Internet Relay Chat''') is a custom chat protocol that allows people over the internet to communicate real-time. To chat with others you must connect to an IRC Server, usually belonging to a network of servers.
Users have the ability to connect to servers that use the IRC framework. There are large, public IRC networks such as [[Freenode]] and [[EFnet]] and smaller, independent networks that are used by a small group of friends. Private IRC servers are popular amongst old school internet users because they lend an aire of being "underground" or elite in some way. People who run their own IRC networks are generally full of themselves and can be prone to [[USI]].
Once the user is connected they have several options. On each server, there is something called a "channel". A channel is basically a portion of the server that is sectioned off for a group of people to chat. For example, irc server X may have the channels #MetsFans, #Nerds, #Jocks. All IRC channels are prefaced with the "#" symbol. Channels are regulated by moderators known as operators (ops,0ps,opers). They enforce the rules of the channel, and if necessary hand out punishments for offenders breaking these rules such as "kicks" and "bans". On a higher level, there are special moderators known as IRCops. These people are basically the master of all IRC channels, and can hand out brutal punishments to people who break server rules.
IRC has countless servers and networks, some private and small, some public and large. A selection of IRC networks:
*<s>SandNET - Run by the Association of Raged Arab Bloggers, Nutters, Emos, and Trolls (ARABNET).</s> LOL DEAD
*HardChats - Home of klulz, caretown and the [[GNAA]].
*Terdlink - A fun place to chat if you like horses.
*Buttes - Where all your friends hang out.
*GroveNET - Another fun place to chat.
*GorfNets - A fun place to chat if you like gorfs.
*[[Anonymuncule]] - Created by [[User:Sherrod|Sherrod]] as a means for wiki editors to communicate also goes by ''ohinternet'' on mibbit.
*Freenode - Home of #wrongplanet
*irc.wtfux.org - Network run by a [[furry]] for EFnet circlejerking
*irc.maractus.me - Home of #dongforce and #partyvan
==Popular IRC Clients==
To get on an IRC server you need a client program. Some IRC clients are for pay, others are free, some are Operating System specific.
*[http://www.mirc.com/ mIRC (Windows)]
*[https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/chatzilla/ ChatZilla (Cross-platform, firefox extension)]
*[http://www.hydrairc.com/ HydraIRC (Windows)]
*[http://www.kvirc.net/ KVIrc (Windows & Linux)]
*[http://www.irssi.org/ irssi (Cross platform)]
*[http://code.google.com/p/xchat-wdk/ XChat (Windows, Linux, OS X [as XChat Aqua]
*[http://colloquy.info/ Colloquy (OS X)]
*[http://www.mibbit.com/ mibbit] - <s>web-based client available in your browser window.</s> Only [[user:F_JUNK_DUMP|noobs]] use Mibbit. You will get laughed at (and possibly banned).
*[http://www.conceitedsoftware.com/linkinus Linkinus (OS X)]
*[http://www.snak.com/ Snak (OS X)]
*[http://jmirc.sourceforge.net/ jmIrc (J2ME-enabled devices, such most cell phones)]
*[http://www.icechat.net/ IceChat 7 (Windows)]
=People on IRC=
*Channel founders, +q, have a "~" by their name, and are the creators of the IRC channel. They can change all channel settings and modes.
*Super-ops, aka +a or admins, have a "&" by their name, have the same powers as ops, can access some ChanServ commands, and cannot be kicked by normal ops.
*Ops, aka +o, have an "@" by their name. They can ban, kick, add and remove ops, change the topic, and make your life hell.
*Half ops, aka hops or +h, they have a "%" by their name. They can ban and kick, add and remove voice, change the topic and set a few modes.
*Voiced, or +v, have a "+". They are just regular users who we trust for the most part and have been there a while. Also, if the channel is set +m (moderated, basically mute) they and the +q, +a, +o and +h people can talk, while regular users can't. Being voiced is basically useless.
**A few channels set +v on join, usually if it's +m so that ops can remove voice from people who spam or whatever.
==[irc://irc.ohinternet.com/ Official IRC]==
<i>Oh Internet!</i> now has an official IRC channel on [[User:Sherrod|Sherrod's]] own Anonymuncule server! Come on by for help with various wiki matters or just chat in the lobby with fellow OI users. Remember though that the channels hosted are <font color="red"><b>NOT</b> [[Safe For Work|safe for work]]</font>. afe For Work|safe for work]]</font>.