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Some of the people there can be a bit odd, but don't let that scare you. We're nice really, most of us at any rate.


In a terminal type *chat*.

This will connect you to the network and join you to a channel called #netsoc. (The # is pronounced *hash*).

This is the official Netsoc channel, as the name might suggest.

You'll then see something like this:


Here test is your nickname. This is what other people will see you as.

To say something simply type it and press enter. For instance 'hi all'. It'll show up in the bottom line as you type it.

23:03 < bbrazil> hi all

If you want to direct your message to one person put their nickname followed by a colon at the start of your message, for example

reilly: lo

On reilly's screen this will show up in yellow, helping her to follow your conversation. Note that this doesn't make what you say private!

You can also do actions by typing /me followed by some text. For example
/me waves
would produce
23:03  * bbrazil waves

It is useful to use Screen in combination with Chat.


Scripts are used to add more functionality to irssi, or to make it more usable. Scripts are loaded using the /run command, or /script load, followed by the name of the script (eg: /run

Basic Scripts

These scripts are things that should basically be in irssi anyway and prove to be quite useful.

  • lets you jump to different channels with a /num command, where num is the number of the window to jump to.
  • will colour other people's names and make them easier to tell apart.
  • adds a bar in each channel at the point you last opened it, to make it easier to find where you left off.

Advanced Scripts

These scripts add a bit more functionality, but aren't essential. They get useful once you start getting more active on IRC.

  • gives you some information about what's behind certain links; for example the title and description of a github repo.
  • puts all messages which highlight you (for example, when someone says your name) into a dedicated window so you can quickly check what people are saying rather than scrolling back to try find it.
    • Hilightwin is a bit more complicated to set up since it needs somewhere to put the highlights. You'll have to run /win new to make a new window (which for some reason splits your irssi and puts the new window in the top half), then change to it, then /win name hilightwin to give it the name looks for, then /win stick off to tell irssi that you're allowed to remove that window from view, and finally /win hide to actually remove it from view.
  • pops up a little colour chooser (when you press ctrl+c) that shows you the colours different numbers produce when combined with the escape, to make it easier to colour your messages (don't overdo it!).
  • does intelligent window name completion so you can do things like /go soc<tab> and have it complete to /go #netsoc.


To quit type /quit. Don't forget to come back though :)

You can also let people know why you decided to leave them by typing a message after /quit. For example:

/quit If anyone needs me, I'll be in the toilet

Other Channels

There are other channels on the Intersocs IRC Network. However some of them are private.

The official public channel is #intersocs. To join it use /join, for example

/join #intersocs

You can then talk there as you did in #netsoc.

To switch between the two channels use Alt-2 and Alt-3. Sometimes (such as when using a Mac) you might have to use Esc,2 (press Esc, release and then press 2). The two channels are in what are known as windows.

An easier way to flick through sequential channels is to use Ctrl-n (think "next") and Ctrl-p ("previous").

To leave a channel type /leave.

The status bar tells you which channel you're in and also lets you know if other channels are active. Form the example example

[23:03] [bbrazil(+i)] [2:#netsoc(+n)]

This means that the time is 23:03, you are bbrazil (with mode +i) currently in window 2 which is #netsoc (mode +n).

[23:03] [@brazil(+i)] [3:#intersocs(+nt)] [Act: 2,4]

This is a more complicated example, here you are an op (@) in #intersocs which is window 3. There is activity in windows 2 and 4. The colour of the 2 and 4 will vary according to the type of activity. Joins and parts will be cyan, chatting will be white and someone talking to you will be red. Ops are users who help manage the channel and maintain order. In #netsoc, the ops are the Netsoc committee and administrators.

Private Messages

You can talk privately with another by using /msg. This is sometimes called pming.

For example

/msg bbrazil hi there

would send bbrazil a pm saying 'hi there'.

This also opens a window, similar to /join above, and you can continue your private conversation there.

/wc will close a pm window - this is short for /window close.

See Also