Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I access chat through IRC?
Are there any rooms apart from the main one? How do I access them?
Does chat have any rules?
What do those symbols by people's names mean?
What is a CTCP action?
How do I change my nick?
How do I register my nick, and why should I?
Where can I talk about puberty?
How do I become an Op?
Can I send files over chat?
I still need more help!
Things to Remember
Why did you separate P101 from chat?
What does the Java security warning mean?

How do I access chat through IRC?

  1. First, you need an IRC client, the most common being mIRC. Once it's downloaded and installed, follow these instructions to set up access to GovChat
  2. When you start up, close the about mIRC window and options should pop up
  3. Click add
  4. Fill in the boxes as follows:
    • Description: LeoNet or GovChat works
    • Server: irc.leozh.net
    • Port: 6667
    • Group: You can leave this blank.
    • Password: Your NickServ password here
  5. Click OK. The entry you just added should be at the bottom of the server list. Double click it.
  6. Enter a name and an e-mail address, and then a nickname and alternative nickname
  7. Click Connect. Welcome to GovChat!

Are there any rooms apart from the main one? How do I access them?

Yes. When you join chat you will arrive in #lobby, our main channel where most of the action happens. However, we do have other channels you may like to visit. #trivia is where you can test your knowledge with our trivia game. Great fun with lots of people, don't be afraid to ask others to play against you! #p101 is our puberty chat channel, where you can feel free to discuss all aspects of this subject. There may also be other channels, e.g. for special events. To see a list of all available channels type /list in the chat. To join a channel type /join #channel (where 'channel' is the name of the channel you wish to join). Remember all channel names start with #

Does chat have any rules?

Chat is quite an open, tolerant and friendly place. However, 'spamming, flooding or other stupid acts are not permitted'. Spamming and flooding are obvious, but 'other stupid acts' can mean all sorts of things, including but not limited to sex chat, insulting other members, failing to adhere to the request of an op or using clones. It is up to Ops to decide what is a 'stupid act', and what action to take. Their decisions are final. It takes something really stupid though to get an outright ban.
Please note that by entering Chat and being on our server you agree to abide by these rules and policies.

What do those symbols by people's names mean?

The symbols dictate the level of power the person has. A green dot, or @ if using mIRC shows an IRC Operator or network administrator. These are able to kick, kill and ban as well as do other more technical things to do with the server and chat itself. All ops in #lobby are network administrators, but there can also be local IRC operators who only have that status in one room, with no influence on chat as a whole. In #p101 however there are also halfops, indicated by a red dot, or % symbol in mIRC, who can kick and ban from the particular room they have that status in, but no more. Finally there are voices, indicated by a yellow dot, or + in mIRC. These have no real power,but if the room was set to 'moderated' they would be able to talk whereas normal users could not. People still like to have it though because it makes them feel important...

What is a CTCP action?

CTCP stands for 'Client to Client Protocol'. It allows you to perform various actions relating to another person. For example, doing a 'ping' on someone tests how fast their computer responds. This can be done on java by right clicking a users name and selecting 'Ping!' on the resulting menu. This is the same on mIRC, except you can also select 'time', which shows the time where that person is, and 'version' which will tell you the IRC program they are using. You can also use an irc command to perform the above, and other actions, such as 'finger' which tells you how long someone has been idle. Just type /CTCP user command, where 'user' is whom you want to perform the command on, and 'command' is your desired action. E.g. /CTCP blasted ping. Supposedly, /ctcp yourname clientinfo will list the ctcp commands you can do. For more help on CTCP try mIRC or XChats help files. Be warned however that some people find CTCP commands used repetitively very annoying, especially 'ping', so please use them sensibly.

How do I change my nick?

Simply type /nick newnick (where 'newnick' is your desired new nickname).

How do I register my nick, and why should I?

In the chat, simply type /ns register password email (where 'password' is your desired password, and 'email' is the email address you want your password registered to). After registering, in future when you come to chat you will need to give your password. If using java there is a password box on the front page, so enter it there. If using IRC you can enter your password once (through 'edit' in the options box on mIRC) and never have to worry about it again. If necessary however (e.g. if using IRC on a shared computer) you can give your password once in chat by typing /ns identify password (where 'password' is your password). Registering a nick prevents someone else using your name and pretending to be you, giving you more security. Also, in the past we have had reason to restrict chat to registered users only. If this was to happen again unregistered users would be unable to enter Chat.

Where can I talk about puberty?

We have a puberty chat channel where a team of volunteers is willing to answer your puberty questions. Click here to connect. Please note that you will not be allowed to connect to the main chatroom while connected to the puberty chat.

How do I become an Op?

Be a regular chatter for a very long time, get to know people and visit and talk regularly, and then one day you may be asked to join the chat team. Maybe.

Can I send files over chat?

Yes, using a DCC (Direct Client Connections) command, a powerful part of CTCP described above. This can be easily done in mIRC by selecting 'DCC' in the menubar and then 'Send'. Here you can easily select the file you wish to send and the user you wish to send it to. Again however, you can also use IRC commands to do this, and detailed help on this can be found here at irchelp.org. Please note however that you can not use DCC on java chat. Again, any abuse of this feature, such as sending pornography, viruses etc will not be tolerated and would result in an immediate ban from chat for those responsable.

I still need more help!

The best way to get help is to ask a Chat Op! However, 'Epona IRC Services' provides a source of help within Chat itself. For help with channel-related matters, try typing /chanserv help in the chat. Similarly, for help with nick related issues (e.g. passwords) try /nickserv help . You can get by in chat for a long time without knowing any IRC commands (I did!), but if you want to learn more, try one of these sites: http://www.irchelp.org
www.ircbeginner.com

Things to remember

Why did you separate P101 from chat?

The Chat Staff felt that it would improve the chatroom and make members of the chat more comfortable with being on the server. It's also part of a major update to renew the feel of the chat.

What does the Java security warning mean?

The security warning that comes up is your computer asking whether you would like to allow the java client to connect to the internet so it can reach our IRC server. If you have questions about the client, please don't hesitate to PM an admin on chat or on the forums.