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Quora's IRC guide

Quora's Ultimate IRC Guide

Hello all, I thought it would be a good idea to explain how to properly get on IRC using the best possible tools and how to set up things like NickServ accounts. All this information is targeted for the servers, but with some research can be applied to almost any IRC network out there.


There are a few choices available for webchat these days. You can use:

Desktop Clients

Clients for a normal desktop computer can be somewhat weird. For best results I recommend using either of the following:

If you are not technically savvy, ChatZilla will likely be the easiest choice as it takes the least amount of setup (it is a Firefox plugin).

In most cases, initially connecting should be as easy as typing in:


From here you should pick a nickname using /nick.

/nick YourNewNickHere

Registration with NickServ

Upon connecting, you will see a notice that looks like this:

-NickServ( Welcome to, Quora2! Here on, we provide services to enable the registration of nicknames and channels! For details, type /msg NickServ help and /msg ChanServ help.

To register your nickname with services, you use the NickServ REGISTER command. The REGISTER command takes in your desired password and an email address. At this time email verification is NOT required, but the password reset process involves sending an email to one of the staff from the address on your NickServ account. Staff will never see your password.

An example is shown below:

/msg NickServ register myPassword quora@domain.tld

From now on, you will need to IDENTIFY to your chosen nickname by using:

/msg NickServ IDENTIFY YourPassword


/msg NickServ IDENTIFY YourAccountName YourPassword

Automatic Identifying


In the preferences window, select your server name (it should be and click on the "Lists" tab. Under the Auto-perform list, add /ns id YourAccount YourPassword. Mine looks like this


Create a server profile for if you haven't already. Mine looks like this. Next, open the edit dialog and choose NickServ authentication.

Autojoining Channels


Right click on a channel tab and choose "Open This Channel at Startup". It will automatically open on startup.


The autojoin box in HexChat is in the edit dialog. Mine looks like this.

I hope this clears up some problems that ponies have had with the IRC channels. If you have any further questions, please ask in #help on


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