Channel #Esperanto on IRC

Brief intro to IRC (Internet Relay Chat) and channel #Esperanto.

NOTE! The text below is pretty old and partly no longer up-to-date. Most important, it doesn't mention the different "networks" of IRC servers existing today. For (somewhat) more up-to-date info, please consult the section "IRC" of the "Esperanto Yellow Pages" (in Esperanto) or the "IRC Prelude" at http://www.irchelp.org (in English). Thanks!
- mw


(Tiu cxi pagxo en Esperanto/This page in Esperanto)

There exists a system called IRC (Internet Relay Chat), by means of which one can chat over the network with other people. Briefly, one joins channels, which consist of people who want to chat about a given topic. One of these channels is the channel #Esperanto.

Channel #Esperanto is dedicated to all people who speak the International Language Esperanto or want to learn (about) it.

There are various ways of using IRC. If you just want a taster of IRC, try the following (some will certainly momentarily be down, so try again!):

(Additional note, 29 jul 97:
Nowadays there are even ways to do IRC through the Web. There is some informatino, e.g., at http://www.mirc.co.uk/ under Links from the WWW to IRC, but I don't know any more details.)

(Additional note, 21 jun 99:
NOTE! "IRC" exists in several, mutually independent "networks" (e.g. "EFnet" (the original IRC-network(?)), Undernet, IRCnet, DALnet, and NewNet), which are NOT mutually connected. If you want to meet your friends with IRC, you may use different servers, but the servers have to belong to the same network. I list some information about the channel(s) #Esperanto in several IRC networks in the section "IRC" of the "Esperanto Yellow Pages" (in Esperanto). )

When you've succeeded and are in IRC, type:

   /join #Esperanto

and you will enter the Esperanto channel. Whatever you type now will be seen by the other people on the channel. Officially, meetings occur between 15:00 and 17:00 UTC on Tuesdays (4 to 6 pm in Central Europe) and between 3:00 and 6:00 UTC on Mondays (10 pm on Sundays in New York), but often there are people present at other times. There is often also the information robot EspServ from whom you can ask for information by:

   /msg EspServ help

Following is a typical list of users of the channel #Esperanto, which you get after the command:

   /who #Esperanto

 Nickname  Channel     User@Host "Real name"
 --------  ----------- ------------------------------------------------------
 EspServ @ #Esperanto  belinfan@utis179.cs.utwente.nl "Esperanto Info Server"
 Kvarko    #Esperanto  RISON@vsopve.cern.ch "Mark RISON"
 axelB   @ #Esperanto  belinfan@utis179.cs.utwente.nl "Axel Belinfante"
 Edmundo   #Esperanto  etg10@grus.cus.cam.ac.uk "E.T. Grimley Evans"
 Moldur    #Esperanto  martinw@muppet60.cs.chalmers.se "Mi estas mi!"
 decxjo    #Esperanto  ederveen@athena.research.ptt.nl "Derk EDERVEEN"
 testudo   #Esperanto  slootman@nat2.uia.ac.be "Wim Slootmans"
 jens-vedo #Esperanto  jksson@athena.mit.edu "Jens Karlsson"
 VerdLanco #Esperanto  ulf.lunde@kvatro.no "Ulf Lunde"
 Ombrulo   #Esperanto  jardar@swix.ifi.unit.no "Jardar Eggesboe Abrahamsen"

Every person has a nickname which they themselves choose to use on IRC. EspServ is not a person but a robot: that is, a computer program that participates in IRC like a person and can answer questions from other IRC users. Those persons (or robots) marked with @ are channel operators. They have the privilege to change channel modes, to "op" (= make into a channel operator) another trusted person on a channel, kick or ban some misbehaving users and perform other operations.

If you wish to IRC more comfortably and, more importantly, more flowingly, you can get hold of a so-called client for your computer. It enables you to use IRC without having to telnet to some distant computer. How to get a client (emacs and VMS clients are definitely easy to get!), and many more answers you'll find in the List of Frequently Asked Questions about IRC, or you can ask for further details from the computernerd committee members.

Some Esperanto IRC-ers even have their pictures on-line.

We will not be responsible for possible addiction to IRC. Waste your time as you please!


11 Oct 93 Submitted by:
Mark Rison <rison@hep.physics.cambridge.ac.uk> in IRC: Kvarko
28 Apr 94 Adapted by:
Martin Weichert <martinw@cs.chalmers.se> in IRC: Moldur