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1,400 bytes added, 14:36, 17 May 2008
Added instructions for checking if the nickname is already registered before attempting to register it
=== On IRC ===
==== What is IRC? ====
According to [[wikipedia:Internet_Relay_Chat|Wikipedia]], IRC is a form of instant communication (instant messengingmessaging) over the Internet. It is mainly designed for group (many-to-many) communication (unlike most of the other instant messenging messaging services which only allow one-to-one communication) in discussion forums called channels, but also allows one-to-one communication.
==== What do we use IRC for? ====
==== Registering with Freenode (the IRC Server which our IRC Channels are on) ====
We recommend that you register your nickname with Freenode, this makes sure that you'll be able to use the same nickname every time you connect.This also makes it easier for us to know who you are. First, check if your nickname is already registered by someone else:<pre><nowiki>/ns info <nickname></nowiki></pre> But you can also use:<pre><nowiki>/msg NickServ info <nickname></nowiki></pre> If you get a notice saying: <pre>The nickname [<nickname>] is not registered</pre> Then you may proceed with the next step to register your nickname. If you get anything else but that notice, then the nickname you're currently trying to register is already taken by someone else. You may still use that nickname, if you're only staying for a while; but if you want to register a nickname you must find a new nickname and repeat the steps above until you find one that isn't registered, then you may proceed to the step below. <!-- /* I'm undecided about posting such a complicated piece of instruction here */ --><!-- ''Note: If you still want that nickname that is already registered by someone else, look at the info notice again, find the line which gives you the <u>Last Seen</u> information. You will be able to see it if the current owner of the nickname you want has not chosen to hide it. According to [ Freenode's FAQ], if the <u>Last Seen</u> time is at least 60 days, you may ask a [ Freenode staff] to drop it for you so you can register it.'' -->
Registering your nickname with Freenode is easy and simple. We recommend (for safety reasons):


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