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...better than poking a pie.

...at least, it was. Now a shell of its former self, the KKW IRC channel is the place to vent your frustration at the world. Just beware of the penguins.

Connecting to the Channel

If you don't have an IRC client, you will first need to get one; beg, borrow, steal... or simply download a free one... we're not fussy here. A list of the main contenders follows.


Once you have configured your software, you have two options;

Clicky here - This should ask you to confirm your connection and dump you in the chat. Boink.

or failing that, you can manually configure your client with the following settings;

  • Server: irc.hwcommunity.com
  • Port(s): 6667
  • Group: #kkw
  • Nickname: Whatever your little heart fancies, but your forum login probably makes the most sense, and it aids understanding.

Things to Know

a.k.a. Who not to annoy.

The hierarchy of IRC is simple to understand, the "rank" is determined by the symbol next to your name.

  • ~ - God. Plain and simple. Channel Operator, currently Digital_Ice
  • & - Protected ChanOps - Protected ChanOps are basically ChanOps that cannot be kicked or demoted by standard Ops.
  • @ - ChanOps - ChanOps are the moderators of the channel, with the ability to promote and demote users, kick, ban & modify the Channel title.
  • % - HalfOp - A HalfOp is a user with (you guessed it) half the power of a full op. They can kick users, but cannot promote users or modify global settings.
  • + - The Magic Hat - When an Op gets bored, you may receive this. With current channel settings it means nothing, so see it as a badge of honour, a way of distinguishing you from your peers. or just ignore it... whatever floats your boat.

Clients

mIRC is widely believed to be the most popular IRC client on Windows based systems. Made a whole lot better by the addon nnScript.

Macintosh users might find Colloquy or X-Chat to their liking.

Other popular clients include ChatZilla, the plugin for Mozilla, and Opera's built-in client.

Some Instant Messenger clients (such as: Miranda IM or Trillian), can be used to access both IRC and most popular IM services inside a single program with a familiar interface.

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