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After you connect to the server you can join a channel immediately, or you can ask to see a list of channels.
Connecting to the IRC server is like walking into a building with many rooms. If you know what room you want, you can go directly there. Otherwise you can ask to see a list of some or all of the rooms.
When you join a channel it is a good idea to "lurk" for a while--watch the flow of conversation, get a feel for how IRC works. Channels often contain several overlapping conversations.
Note: If someone on the IRC server you connect to is already using that nickname you will have to choose another.
Mirc attempts to open the first server on the list in the Setup window. When you connect, you see a series of server messages.
Repeat these steps, trying different servers, until you connect to a server.
/join #channelname - join a channel. For example, "/join #pdx" /part #channelname - leave a channel. For example, "/part #pdx" /list - list all channels. Warning! This can take a long time, as there are thousands of channels. /list [#string] - lists all channels with that string of characters in their name. For example, "/list #greek" would show "#greekmyths" and "#greeklang". /list -min x - list all channels with a minimum of x users. For example, "/list -min 8" lists all channels with at least 8 users. /list -max y - list all channels with a maximum of y users. For example, "/list -max 12" lists all channels with 12 or less users. /list -min x -max y - list all channels with more than x and less than y users. For example, "/list -min 8 -max 12" lists all channels with 8-12 users. /whois nickname - find out information about the person. For example, to find out information about a user with the nickname "apollo", type "/whois apollo". /nick nickname - change your nickname. For example, to change your nickname to "athena" type "/nick athena".