Enjoy #FreedomChat! (It’s not your usual chat.)
I’m sure this isn’t true, but there’s a rumor that in some chat rooms, admins monitor all conversations (even private ones) and keep chat logs of everything users say.
But that would be some kind of weird thought-police environment, wouldn’t it? Or at least a Canadian one. The optimistic staff here at FDR Liberated refuse to believe such places exist.
However, just in case, we’re providing a chat environment that’s a little more to our liking. Anarchy-style.
That still doesn’t mean you won’t get kicked or banned for being a jerk, of course.
Having covered the rules, here are some other basics:
1. Remember, we’re guests.
This chat isn’t hosted on FDR Liberated. It uses an IRC (Internet Relay Chat) service, which means there is a lot of flexibility in what you can do on it. The network is operated by a company called by ZeroIRC. They are letting us use their service for free. We’re their guests. They’re not going to monitor anyone’s conversations either, but they will protect their system from pranksters and clowns.
#FreedomChat is a private room on ZeroIRC. No other users on ZeroIRC can join the room unless they already know its name. It is otherwise invisible.
2. Choose your app.
Our main chat app is Flash-based. However, if you have a device that can’t run Flash (an Apple iPad, for example), choose iPad Chat. The iPad app will ask you if you want to register your nick. Just hit “no” or “cancel” for now until you know what that means. (See the next section.)
3. Make a name for yourself.
You can have any nick (nickname) you want, as long as someone else doesn’t already own it. You can change your nick as often as you like, with this command:
Replace YOURNICKNAME with anything you’d like.
If you have a nick you really like and want it protected for your exclusive use, even when you’re not online, you need to register it. When you’re in chat, and you have changed to the nick you like, enter this command:
/ns register PASSWORD EMAIL@ADDRESS
Replace PASSWORD with a password of your choice and EMAIL@ADDRESS with your real email address. Now, no one can use that nickname unless they know the password.
Never forget the slash when you are entering commands with private information. Otherwise, everyone can see it!
4. Enjoy the party or hang with a few friends.
The #FreedomChat room is the main room for conversations.
However, it’s amazingly easy way to take control of IRC for private talks. Start by asking yourself these two questions:
- Do I want to chat privately with one other person or several?
- Is this private chat temporary or do I want something more permanent?
Based on those two answers, select one of the following:
To chat privately with one other person.
In the Flash app, just double-click the nick in the user list. In the iPad chat, just click the nick in the user list and select “Query”
A new window will appear on both your screens that only you two can see.
You never have to chat privately if you don’t want to. If someone opens a private message window with you and you do not want to talk privately, just close the window. If someone keeps pestering you, well, that falls under the “jerk” clause already mentioned above and that can be dealt with. That’s how we roll on IRC.
To chat privately with more than one person in a temporary room.
No problem. Just type:
Replace NEWROOM with any room name you’d like. Don’t forget the “#”! In IRC-world, all room names begin with a hashmark.
Typing /join #NEWROOM instantly creates a new temporary chatroom, makes you the boss of it, and opens a window in your app.
Your room isn’t private yet! Anyone who types /list will see it listed! That might be fine but you can also make your room “invisible,” if you like.
To do so, just type this (Only the person who “owns”/created the room can do this):
/mode #NEWROOM +p
Again, replace NEWROOM with room name. Did I mention never forget the “#”?
Now, just invite whoever you want. You can /msg him/her with your new room name or just type this:
/Invite OTHERPERSON #NEWROOM
To chat privately with more than one person in a permanent room.
Yes, that’s right. #FreedomChat can be your jump-off point, but if you want to create an additional room that’s for the exclusive use of you and some friends, go right ahead.
You must have a registered nick to have a permanent room! When you are using your registered nick, follow all of the above steps for creating a temporary room. Make sure you are the first one to enter the empty room when you do the following. When you are in your new room with your registered nick, type this:
/cs register #NEWROOM PASSWORD
Replace PASSWORD with any password (but not the one you use for your nick!) Remember it. You’ll need it for future changes you may make to your room. This command not only registers the room but also makes you permanent owner.
In the future, just use your app to log in to #FreedomChat, then /join #NEWROOM. Your new room will open in a new window, allowing you to easily jump between your room and #FreedomChat. You can join the party and still hang out with a few friends at the same time.
Congratulations, you now have your own permanent, private room. You have to feed and water it and take care of the litterbox. Enjoy.
There are a gazillion more IRC commands you can use. But those are the basics.
A good starting point for further information would be the help files at ZeroIRC.