mIRC Options (Servers) Screen
The mIRC Options will disappear, and mIRC will attempt to connect to the IRC Network. Once it has connected, a “favorites” list will appear. Uncheck the box at the bottom that says “Pop up favorites on connect, and then click ok to close the window.
mIRC Favorites Pop-up
You should now be looking at the main mIRC window again. You should see the “Message of the Day” (MOTD), server stats, your host name, and other relevant information.
mIRC Window - Connected to McLean2.VA.US.XGNet.net
Now, we'll join the OverclockersClub.com channel. To do this, type:
/join #occ. Also you can use the /list command to see a list of channels on the network.
Congratulations, you are now inside the OverclockersClub.com IRC Channel. You're now free to chat, or do whatever. That is of course, as long as you follow the channel and server rules.
mIRC Chat Window #OverclockersClub.com
mIRC Chat Window #OverclockersClub.com - Voiced and Oped Users
The mIRC (and most other IRC clients) screen is divided into three sections. The center are is where the messages are displayed. On the right, you have a list of people in the room. And the bottom, under the chat area is the text area where you input your messages.
Ops and Voices
You're probably asking why some people have a “@” or a “+” next to their name. These symbols next to a name or nick represents the status or position of that person in the Channel.
“@” designates an Op, or Operator. This is used primarily OCC Staff, and anyone else delegated to help moderate the OCC IRC Channel. Ops have the ability to kick users from the channel, or ban users for violations of the rules.
“+” designates a “voiced” user. For the purposes of the OCC IRC Channel, these people are dedicated members of the channel, who help others. They have been voiced to distinguish themselves from normal people in the chat. Keep in mind, this is only what the voiced “+” status represents in the OCC IRC Channel.
The actual intention of “+” status, is for what is called a “moderated IRC Channel”. In these types of channels, only Ops, and voiced people are allowed to talk. This is common at developer chats on networks such as irc.stratics.com and irc.enterthegame.com.