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Connecting to IRC

Wow... just.. wow. Epic backlog treasure. For some reason i never got around to posting this great winner of the IRC tutorial writing contest i hosted way back in July 2008.. two years late is better than never, i guess. So without further ado, here is the winning contribution written by Ethereal:

The Quik-Pik guide to Toribash IRC.
Choosing your IRC Client

Option 1


Chatzilla is an IRC addon for the popular web browser Firefox.

You can pick up your copy of Chatzilla from :

After downloading and installing Chatzilla, your Firefox browser will need to restart. For complete Chatzilla instructions, see below.

Option 2


mIRC is probably the most popular IRC client used by most people on the forums. This may be because even though it is called shareware on the website, there are no real restrictions even after the trial period has ended.

You can pick up your copy of mIRC from this website :

After installing, you will not need to restart your computer, for complete instructions, see below.

Option 3


A chat client for both Windows and Linux. This is mostly included for Linux users, as it expires after 30 days on Windows.

You can pick your copy of xChat up from :

After installing, you will not need to restart your computer, for complete instructions, see below.

Option 4


I personally don't own a mac, or know anyone who does, so this client I am recommending strictly from other websites. This also means that I can't do such a detailed connection log as I personally don't have the client.

You can pick up your copy of Colloquy from :

If you chose : Chatzilla

When you start chatzilla you will be greeted with this interface

You will probably wish to change your nickname to properly reflect who you are. This can be accomplished using the /nick command or by clicking change nickname in the lower-left corner. To connect to the Toribash IRC network in chatzilla, you must simply type "/server" into the bar, as shown here : If you don't want to do this every time you start Chatzilla, you can alternatively add IRC:// to the autoURL in the startup tab. The final result looks like this

If you chose : mIRC

When you start mIRC you are greeted with the interface shown above. If your trial time has expired, simply wait and the option to use the client will appear. A dialogue box will appear asking for your full name, email and nickname. None of these need be your real information as they will be shared with everyone. To connect to the Toribash IRC channel simply add a new server and make the information the same as this :

You can find the area for adding a server in the Server option under Connect :

You then click this icon to connect to the server :

If you chose : xChat

When you start xChat you are greeted with the interface shown above. To connect to the Toribash IRC channel in this client click, you guessed it, ADD. Name it something like Toribash, then click the button marked Edit. You will then be shown a list for the server you just added. Click the edit button again here and change it to "" The exit out and click connect and your in.

If you chose : Colloquy

I'm afraid that I can't do anything to help you guys as I don't have a mac. I'm sure something like /server will work. Maybe add the /6667 on the end.

Option 5


What is WebChat?

WebChat is a fast and easy way to gain access to IRC without actually downloading a client. It's mainly useful for accessing the #support channel to inquire about problems for live feedback.

It is NOT a good alternative to an actual IRC client. If you consider yourself a regular I highly suggest ignoring this option and getting an actual client.

Webchat is very simple and lacks in a lot of basic features. On the plus side it is extremely easy to use.

Joining WebChat

You can access Webchat by clicking on the help link located at the top of the forum.

Click here for Image

After clicking help you will be prompted to join to connect to the Toribash IRC and join channel #support as [Your Username Here]. Simply confirm the action by clicking on "connect."

From here you will join the #support channel and be online. As easy as that. You can access other channels by simple using the /join #channelname command.

Note: If you wish to connect to a separate channel other than support upon launching you'll need to select the "Join a chat" option on the WebChat userbar.

WebChat Userbar

*Other option on the userbar include "View all chatrooms" (self-explanatory) and the featured chat rooms (#Toribash & #support).

Important IRC concepts

IRC concepts include, but are not limited to:

channel mode: Channel modes are very important, they help to moderate channels. Channel modes include +K(Swear filter) and +c(No coloured text)
ops: Ops can kick, ban, give another person operator powers and set most channel modes. In most cases, you don't wanna fuck with them
bans: If you get banned, that means you weren't following rules, and you are not allowed into that specific channel.
Kicks: Kicks are the same thing, basically, except you can return right after you're kicked.
IRC opers: IRC Operators can gline, zline, kick, ban, add all channel modes, add operators, owners. They can do almost everything there is to do on a moderation level.
Glines: glines ban a client from the whole entire server.
Hostmasks: [SIZE=”2”]Hostmask refers to an IRC address assigned to a client by the server.[/SIZE]
zline: zline bans a client from the whole entire server


Let's start with some simple ones.

/nick - This command changes your nickname. Simple huh?

/join - This lets you join a channel on a server. The most used channel is #Toribash. So to join the channel the command is "/join #Toribash"

/server - This is an important command as this is the command that defines your server. Typing in "/server" should always get you on the Toribash irc server.

/leave - This command makes you leave a channel. The syntax is /leave #channelname. For example, to leave the Toribash channel it would be "/leave #toribash"

/hop – This command lets you part, and then rejoin a channel.

IRC Etiquette

On IRC, you come into contact with many different people, with many different views. IRC isn't a place to spam, or flame. It is a place for civilized discussion.

On IRC you should:

1.)Speak clearly
2.)Be polite
3.)Use grammar
4.)Spell correctly
5.)Have respect for others and, especially, ops
6.)Be generally nice

On IRC you should NOT:
3.)Act like a retard
4.)Disrespect ANYONE

Thank you for reading this tutorial, I hope it helps you.

Polish translation

Credits: Jarmund, marcus
Last edited by wizard; Nov 27, 2016 at 08:51 AM. Reason: Added translation to OP.