Help for chatters new to Induced IRC
This page is mainly for the benefit of those affected by the sudden closure of Bigpond Chat but will be of help to any new chatter.
Whilst it is always unfortunate to see any chat service close their doors, especially when they are too ignorant to provide a reason or assistance to those who now have to fend for themselves you can rest assured that we are here to help. Induced IRC is open for business and we are here to help you where your old chat service failed to do so. This page has some basic tips to assist you with settling in here on Induced IRC but first a list of some of the questions that those using Bigpond Chat have been asking for the last few days:-
Q: Why is Telstra closing Bigpond Chat?
Q: When will Telstra pull the plug?
Q: Where do I catch up with my friends now?
Q: How do I set up my room here on Induced?
Q: I want to become a helper. How do I apply?
Q: I want to become an IRC operator. How do I apply?
Q: Who is Bot?
Q: Who is Chat?
Q: Will Induced close?
Q: Can I use mIRC or a script here?
Q: Can I run a robot?
Q: What rooms can I open?
Q: Is there a limit on how many rooms I can join?
Q: Is there a limit on how many rooms and names I can register?
Q: Can I open a room to share music and videos?
Q: Can I idle in rooms here?
Q: Who makes the rules here?
Q: Are we allowed to run websites pertaining to our rooms here?
Basic chat commands
Connect to Induced IRC
All chatters have a choice of three methods. On this website you can chat in a CGI or Java chatroom just by following the links on the front page of the site. CGI Chat is a light-weight chatroom for those whose web browsers are old or do not support the Java Runtime. For those with Windows XP or later, you would be better off using one of the Java Chat chatrooms as these have more features and are slightly more stable.
For those who have mIRC or another chat programme installed on their computer you can connect with the command /server irc.induced.net or if you want to include Induced IRC in your server list you can follow this informative tutorial for mIRC.
Find rooms to join
The /list command will show you what rooms are available if your script does not bring it up automatically for you.
Register a nickname
You need to think of a good password which is hard for others to guess. When you know what password you want to have use the command /ns register PASSWORD E-MAILADDRESS and NickServ will reserve your name only for you to use. You must provide a valid e-mail address so we can return your nickname to you if you forget your password or your name is stolen by another user. If you choose not to provide a valid e-mail address and any of these things happen we will not be able to return your nickname to you. E-mail addresses cannot be seen by other chatters unless you enable that function yourself.
Change e-mail address
Sometimes people change their ISP and along with that, their e-mail address. It is important for you to keep your registration details up to date incase there is a problem. You can use the command /ns set email NEWEMAILADDRESSHERE to update your e-mail address. You need to identify to your name before you can do this.
You should change your password regularly to ensure that no-one can steal your nickname. At a bare minimum this should be done once every six months, employing a strong password with upper and lower case letters, numerals and symbols sych as !@#$%&. A minimum of seven characters should be used. You can use the command /ns set password NEWPASSWORDHERE to change your password. You need to be identified to your nickname to do this.
Register a new room
Firstly, determine that the room of your choice is not yet registered to another chatter. If not then type /join #ROOMNAME to enter your new chatroom. If you are the first person in the room you will receive ops automatically by the IRC server. To make the room yours to keep you need to register it with ChanServ using the command /cs register #ROOMNAME PASSWORD DESCRIPTION. The password convention for nicknames should also be followed for roomnames - ie: make them hard for others to guess. The description is simply a very brief description of what your room is about. Once chanServ recognises your registration your ops will change slightly. The '@' in front of your name will disappear and be replaced with the founder's tag '~'. This means you are now the owner and the boss.
When chatting routinely you do not need to identify to your room but you do need to identify to your nickname to get ops in your room. Use the NickServ identify command shown above to achieve this. Once you are identified to NickServ, ChanServ will op you. With this access you can change your room's topic, kick and ban people who disrupt the chat in your room and give ops to those chatters that you trust. You can also remove ops from those who abuse your trust in them. To perform deeper room controls listed in ChanServ's help file you will need to identify to your room with the room's registration password.
Identify to your name
To identify to nicknames you need to change to your registered nickname and use the command /ns identify PASSWORD.
Identify to your room
To identify to your room use the command /cs identify #ROOMNAME PASSWORD.
Services available to chatters
Induced IRC offers a powerful group of IRC Services to allow chatters to own nicknames, channels and send short notes called memos to each other and these Services are known as NickServ, ChanServ and MemoServ respectively. For those chatters coming to Induced IRC from Bigpond Chat you will find that most of the commands are pretty much the same. Some will differ slightly however though you will get used to these slight differences in no time at all. To go into detail on what is available from Services this page would be too big to load into your browser but in place of that we invite you to explore the Services help files at your own leisure with the following commands:-
To look at ChanServ's help file type /cs help.
To look at NickServ's help file type /ns help.
To look at MemoServ's help file type /ms help.
What are the rules on Induced IRC?
As has been mentioned elsewhere on this page, Induced IRC is committed to providing a greater deal of freedom of expression than exists on other chat networks. Hosts of system-owned chatrooms like #Chat are asked to take this into account and provide the chatters with as much leniency as possible. As an example, occasional swearing is permitted but abuse isn't. If a chatter says something that has more than one meaning then the chatter should be given the benefit of the doubt until such time as their discussion can be clarified to greater detail.
Induced IRC has a small number of rules that are in place to protect the network infrastructure and to protect the good name of Induced IRC around the world. These rules apply across the network 24 hours a day, 7 days a week without exception. These are outlines in the network's Acceptable Use Policy.