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Made this article more newbie friendly. TODO: Style it and define the LiveSession :)
=== On IRC ===
==== What is IRC? ===
According to [ Wikipedia], IRC is a form of instant communication (instant messenging) over the Internet. It is mainly designed for group (many-to-many) communication (unlike most of the other instant messenging 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? ====
Our "Help & Support" IRC Channel is mainly used for providing real time support, which is almost impossible with the forum (in other words, if you need a problem solved quickly (which is what most people want), you should be asking on the IRC channel and '''not''' the forum).
On the other hand, our "Development" IRC Channel is used for discussing the development of Uniform Server (which explains why it is only full when we have our LiveSession).
=== Connecting to IRC ======= Choosing an IRC Client ====
You will need an IRC client like:
* [ mIRC] (Win32 only, now with Unicode in v6.17)
==== 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. 
Registering your nickname with Freenode is easy and simple. We recommend (for safety reasons):
/msg NickServ identify <password>
If you need any further assistance on registering your nickname, you can always ask us in our IRC Channel.
==== Registering with UniIRCBot ====
Our channel's IRC bot is called UniIRCBot. You are encouraged to register with it (also remember to identify to it when you join, if it doesn't recognize you by your hostmask). Please note that the Bot does not have 24/7 uptime, and may be down sometimes.
After registration, you'll be able to use commands like @Note and others..
=== Our Channel Rules ===
# <u>Cursing</u> <br /> You are free to do whatever you want, but please keep the cursing to a minimum or you will be kicked!
<!-- # <u>Bot Tampering</u> <br /> Do not mess with the bot or you will be kicked! -->


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