How to Log In to the wikiHow IRC Room

Two Methods:Easy Method: Without an IRC ClientWith a Desktop IRC Client

wikiHow's IRC (Internet Relay Chat) room is a place for all wikiHow community members to chat and collaborate. Unfortunately, IRC clients aren't the easiest things to use. This article offers steps on logging into and navigating the wikiHow IRC room.

Method 1
Easy Method: Without an IRC Client

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    Fill in your wikiHow username. Using your wikiHow username is the best way for others to recognize you. If it's not available, choose a name similar to it.
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    Fill #wikihow in the channel box.
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    Type in the CAPTCHA, if prompted.
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    Click "Connect".
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    Write "hello" in the text area.

Method 2
With a Desktop IRC Client

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    Type /server irc.freenode.net in the entry bar. If your client asks for a port number, use 6667.
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    Type /join #wikiHow when the page finishes loading.
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    Begin chatting! Feel free to ask anyone who is active in the channel for help using wikiHow. Most can answer your questions and give you pointers.

Tips

  • Try joining the chatroom at various times of day if you don't find anyone active or logged in at first. Just like any other public place, people come and go. Activity in the IRC room also varies by time zone.
  • Log in with the username you want to use.
  • IRC commands can be difficult to understand and use correctly at first, but don't be discouraged. It should become much easier with practice.
  • Say something. If there isn't anyone talking, say hello, then wait for a response. If this is your first visit to the channel, you may find it helpful to introduce yourself to those chatting. If there isn't any activity going on for a while, don't assume you are being ignored, as it is possible no one is watching the channel when you join.
  • If you are concerned about someone impersonating you, try registering your username. Do this in the "Freenode" window, not #wikihow.
  • Type /msg nickserv register <your-password> <your-email-address> and replace <your-password> with the password of your choice and replace <your-email-address> with your email address. Ignore the brackets. Then press enter.

Warnings

  • Be civil. You can be blocked for excessive foul language, flooding (entering a great deal of text into the channel), and other disruptions.
  • Be safe. Never reveal personal information such as your full name, age, address, etc.
  • While socializing is acceptable in the wikiHow channel, excessive chatter regarding private matters is discouraged.

Things You'll Need

  • An IRC client or a web browser.

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Article Info

Categories: Internet Relay Chat | Help