Notes on using the Chat Rooms

Java Client Operation:

  • Sounds played by others on mIRC clients will normally not be available.
  • Your name is automatically inserted before your line of text, so others are seeing it even though it is not displayed on your screen.
  • To send private messages, use the '/msg <nick> <messagetext>' command. For example, to send a message to a user called 'Pele' type:

    /msg pele Hi pele how are you?

    The message on Pele's screen will show - <mynick> Hi pele how are you?

    Commonly used symbols and abbreviations:

  • BTW - By the way
  • BBL - Be Back Later
  • BRB - Be Right Back
  • TTFN - Ta Ta For Now
  • AFK - Away From Keyboard
  • LOL - Laughing out Loud
  • ROFL - Rolling on the Floor Laughing
  • :) - smiley face
  • :( - frowning face

    IRC Commands:

    IRC Commands are accessible via IRC clients such as VIRC and mIRC (some are also supported by the Java client).

  • msg - usage /msg <nick> <message>
    Sends a private message to a user.
  • sound - usage /sound <soundfile>
    Plays a sound on the channel. Support for this may not be present in all clients.
  • me - usage /me <message>
    Displays text on the screen as red 'action' text. (i.e. * Pele slams the door)
  • join - usage /join <channelname>
    Joins the specified channel. Channel names are prefixed with the '#' symbol (i.e. #chat1).