Chatting Guide

Created/Maintained by Russell Doucette
Last Revised: January 17, 2006 @ 8:51 PM EDT
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First off, the staff at AnimeNFO and AnimeNFO Radio would wish for you to have a good time on our channel. If you are going to be returning frequently, we encourage you to use the same nickname, and possibly auth with H nick services (see the "Services" page for more information).

When you connect and join the AnimeNFO channel, please read the channel rules and guidelines beforehand. Select "Rules" from the menu to the left to view them. We would appreciate if you made IRC a place for everybody, which leads me to another point.

IRC is, to an extent, an unmoderated chat system. If you find you are seriously offended in some way, do not flame or start a war between users. Just leave the channel. Let a moderator know if there is some sort of problem going on in the channel. A channel operator will have a "@" or a "%" symbol next to their name. Leave a message with them so they can deal with the situation.

If we find you are a nuisance and are being offensive (really offensive) and you do get banned, do not asked to be unbanned. Most of these requests will go unheard and will most likely result in a pernament ban. Not everyone will be around - that's life.

Now that is out of the way, please continue on and enjoy the rest of the guide.

Table of Contents

[1] - Getting Started And Running IRC

Continuing on? Great! The next section will describe (depending on what operating system or platform you use) how to get your IRC client and how to connect to the network and join the channel.

Step 1 - Get Your IRC Client

The first thing you must do, is download and install an IRC client. Please note that you use Linux or Windows, Irssi or mIRC are not the only clients you can use, as described in this guide - they merely are the most recommended clients out there at this moment. Any standard IRC client will work, as long as it supports your operating system. If you wish to not install an IRC client, you may wish to use the Java IRC client that exists on WhatNET's web site. AnimeNFO recommends you use a standard IRC client if you plan on frequently visiting the channel (or any IRC channel in general).

For Java Users:
  1. If you do not have the Java Runtime Environment (jre) installed, go to to download the installer. Your linux or BSD distribution may have those packages available for you; consult your distribution documention for more information.
  2. Go over to to load up the Chat Page. Enter your nickname in the nickname box (maximum 16 characters). In the channel box, enter animenfo and click the "Enter WhatNET Chat" button. Do not put a # sign before animenfo, or it will go to the wrong channel!
  3. You may be presented with a dialog box warning about accepting a security certificate. To proceed, click Yes or Always, depending on your browser. You should be, after a few moments, presented with the chat window with the #animenfo channel open.

Irssi is a great, free and open IRC client. Years before, it was not possible to have a Windows version of the client - it only existed on Linux or a BSD distribution. Recently, the Irssi team have packaged up a Windows version (compiled from source, using the Cygwin platform), which allows a normal Windows user to use the software.


mIRC is a Windows-only client that has been awhile for quite some time. Despite the warning about registering and paying for the software, the client is free to use forever. To download, go to and download the program, and install it.


Chatzilla is an Add-On for Mozilla Firefox web browser users. It provides instant access to IRC without having to install extra programs. To download, use Firefox and head on to and click the "Download ChatZilla from Add-ons" button.

Step 2 - Connecting To The Server

The next step is to connect to the IRC server. If you are using the WhatNET Java client, then this step is already done for you, so you may continue on to the next step.

Please note that is the main IRC server. When you connect, you may be directed to another IRC server. This is normal. If for some reason, the server does not work, use WhatNET's main server instead.

IRC commands are a general standard for all clients. All you need to do is type a few simple commands and you're ready to go. However, mIRC uses a graphical interface (GUI) to set options (the command line syntax is a bit different as well).

This section is divided into separate sub-sections for each client.

Connecting With mIRC

When you first load up mIRC, you will be presented with the mIRC Options dialog box:

mIRC Options Dialog Box

You are required to enter this information:

We've finished the first step. Next, we have to add the server information. Expand the Connect options tree if it is collapsed, and click on the Servers option. You will want to add a server and a server group to the list of pre-defined servers. Click the Add button. The following dialog box appears. Enter the information that is given in the shot below, and click the Add button to confirm the details:

mIRC Add Server Dialog Box

Note that the server belongs to part of the WhatNET network. If you wish to add the server to the list of servers belonging to WhatNET, then replace AnimeNFO with WhatNET in the Group text box.

Now, you will return to the Server options. You should see a dialog box like this: mIRC Servers Options

If you do not see the information similar to that in the picture, use the drop-down menus and select "AnimeNFO" (or "WhatNET" if you specified that server group), and select that option until the information you have matches the screen shot above. You are now ready to connect to the server. Click the Connect To Server button. If everything works, you should see some status messages go by and the message of the day (MOTD). You'll see a mIRC Channel Central dialog box pop up. Just close the dialog box, as it is not useful.

Finally, join the channel by typing the /join #animenfo command and pressing ENTER. Move on to the next section.

If you have problems connecting, see the section called "Connection Problems" below.

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Connecting With Irssi

Irssi can be started in numerous ways, depending if you use Linux/BSD or Windows:

This will open up an Irssi window, such as the one below:

Irssi Intro

A bit of advice here: when you load up Irssi, it uses a default nickname of the username you are logged into your computer. This is not always a nice option to have. Let's fix this. In the text box where you type, select a nickname you want, then type /set nickname = [nickname] and press ENTER. Replace [nickname] with what you want. Choose an alternative nick (something close to the first nickname with an underscore at the end, for instance). Now, type /set alternative_nick = [alt nick] and press ENTER. Replace [alt nick] with the nickname you chose. Now we should be good.

Let us connect to the IRC server. If you wish to change your Real Name, use the /set real_name = [something] command. In the chat box, type /server and press ENTER. You will see something similar to this shot below:

Irssi Connected

If you don't see something similar to that, or it gives an error trying to run Irssi, check the extracted files (or run the EXE file again and re-extract all the files to make sure). Check with your system administrator (if you have one) for more information.

If you see something similar, then we're good to go. We're on just like mIRC. Notice the (+i) in front of your nick name on the status bar. The server automatically set the invisible flag on. Very smart! Now, just like mIRC, type /join #animenfo and press enter, and you will be put into the channel. You can start typing and chatting away.

As Irssi is not graphical, you need to use keyboard shortcuts to switch windows, like the status window or another channel. To do this, hold down the ALT key and press a number from 1-0, or a letter from A-O on the first line on your keyboard. The status bar indicates the current active window. You can also use the /win [number] command to switch windows.

If you have problems connecting, see the section "Connection Problems" below.

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Connecting With Chatzilla

Once you've loaded up the add-on, connecting to the server is pretty much the same as the other clients. Type /server and press ENTER. When it connects, type /join #animenfo to join the chat room.

If you have problems connecting, refer to the FAQ on Chatzilla's home page at

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[2] - Using IRC

Now that you are connected and joined to the channel, there are other commands you can explore and do besides chatting and bashing out your ENTER key. Here are a few other things you can do.

IRC Chatting Stuff

You can type in normal text, but then you can do an action statement. Such a statement is this:

* ota goes to the store for chips

You can do your own statements by using the /me [text] command, replacing [text] with whatever you want.

Joining And Parting Channels

Very few IRC clients will restrict you to one channel. You can have many open at once. To join a channel, use the /join #[channel] command, just like you did when joining #animenfo. The channel may or may not be empty, depending on the channel and what they do. Exercise caution if you wander into other channels. Not all users are friendly.

On the other side, if you want to leave a channel, use the /part command. That closes the current channel you're in. You can specify a channel after the command to close a particular channel you have open. This does not work on private message windows or in your status window, unless you specify the channel name.

Private Messages/Queries

Not all conversations on IRC have to be public in a channel, you can have user-to-user conversations. These messages are private. To start a private conversation with another user, use the /query [nickname] command, where [nickname] is the person you want to chat with. This usually opens a new window, with text only between you and the other user.

Changing Your Nickname

If you wish to change your nickname while connected to the server (either due to choice or because someone else has taken it), you can use the /nick [nick] command to change it. This change is instantaneous, and reflects all channels and queries open for that network only.

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[3] - General IRC Commands

Below is a general list of commands that are common amongst usage and applications. Some of these commands are repeated throughout this guide, and are not arranged in any particular order.

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[4] - Connection Problems

If you have problems connecting, you might find a last ditch effort here. This is a pretty vague set and incomplete. As time goes on, hopefully there will be a bit more here - but in the mean time, refer to your program's documentation to find out solutions to common problems. If you cannot find a solution, ask for help on the network or email us.

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[5] - Getting Help

There are people on IRC who can help you if you have any problems with using our services, or IRC in general. Post a question and see if you get an answer. Not everyone's available all the time, so they will do the best they can. You may directly ask a channel operator (those people have a "@" or "%" symbol next to their name) for help. Do not priviate message a person, ask for it on the channel itself.

The other option is to write an email to one of the main admins. If we get it, we an e-mail you back and try to help you:

If you are writing an email, make sure you start your subject with "IRC HELP:" or I will ignore it.

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