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Archive name: faq/q2irc.txt
Posting frequency: monthly
Last modified: 14th August 2000
Version: 0.1
Written and maintained by: ZoŽ J. Robinson

** The wonderful #quest2 FAQ! **

This is the preliminary FAQ for the IRC channel #quest2. It is likely that many changes will be made prior to the first release version (v 1.0) and all comments, suggestions, etc should be sent to nobtmouse@btinternet.com or mentionned in #quest2.

Contents

1. What is #quest2
1.1 The Ops of #quest2
1.2 The Times We Chat
2. Nettiquette
3. Frequently Asked Questions
4. How to access #quest2
5. Glossary of terms

1. What is #quest2

#quest2 is the second all-games Quest chat room on the Different.net IRC servers. It's got a more lighthearted and friendly atmosphere that #quest usually has, although it also has a lower number of visitors and those who do visit are generally also in #quest.

#quest2 has a tendency to stay more on-topic than #quest, although hugs and the like crop up here more often than in #quest.

1.1 The Ops of #quest2

Here's a brief description of our Ops:

Fluffy-Squirrel: He's the cuddliest, cutest, fluffiest thing in the entire universe, and is a wonderful little white squirrel, with a loveable and happy nature.

Fluffy-Dragon: He's also the cuddliest, cutest, fluffiest thing in the entire universe, and is a great big fluffy black dragon, with a loveable and happy nature.

Gallant: Just married, always busy, works a lot.

JennyR: Zoë's alter-ego.

Maegrel: Insane vampire type person. Current channel owner. Snaffles a lot.

ZoeR: Channel founder and owner prior to the time when she accidentally unregistered the room. More restrained vampire type person than Maegrel.

1.2 The Times We Chat

Generally, despite our incredibly full social callendars, there's someone in the room in the UK evenings and most of the time over the weekend. Basically pop in and you'll probably find one or more of us there; unless it's during the UK daytime when the phone calls are too expensive for us to be online.

2. Nettiquette

As a rule, common sense rules the day. Just be nice and everyone will be happy. Continually annoy or be offensive to one or more people in the room and you'll be warned then, if necessary, kicked. Possibly even banned.

3. Frequently Asked Questions

The bit that puts the FAQ in FAQ. This section will be updated as and when more questions become asked a lot.

a. So, why's this room here?
Basically because #quest isn't often on-topic and also because it tends to stop Quest talk and group analysis when its ops get bored (despite what anyone else in the room may think at the time).

b. Why #quest2?
Umm.. because it's the second Quest room. >:)

4. How to access #quest2

Windows Users:
You'll need a copy of an IRC client such as mIRC (the most popular one and the one covered here), which can be downloaded from http://www.mirc.co.uk. Once installed, run it and click on the 'Add' button on the 'mIRC Options' window. Enter the following information into the new 'mIRC Add Server' window:

Description: Different.Net - St Louis
IRC Server: stlouis.mo.us.different.net
Port(s): 6667
You can leave the 'Group' and 'Password' boxes blank as you won't need them. Click on the 'Add' button and fill in the four blank boxes on the 'mIRC Options' window. You can select the 'Invisible Mode' box if you don't want to be disturbed by random chatters (note: this doesn't stop them completely as anyone doing a search for your nick while you're on the server will still see you, as will anyone in the channels your in).

Now click on the 'Connect to IRC Server' button and wait until you're connected. You'll be presented by another window listing a load of rooms you can enter. #quest2 isn't listed, so type it into the black text box and press enter/return. You'll now be in the #quest2 channel. Well done!,/p>

*NIX Users:
You'll need a copy of an IRC client such as X-Chat (my personal favourite and the one covered here), which can be downloaded from http://xchat.org. Once installed, run in and fill in the blank boxes at the top of the server window. Click on New Server and enter the following information:

Description: Different.Net - St Louis
IRC Server: stlouis.mo.us.different.net
Port(s): 6667
Click on 'Add' then double click on the server and you'll be connected. Type /join #quest2 and you're there. Happy chatting.

5. Glossary of Terms

BTi - BT Internet. Usually a decent ISP but sometimes cuts people off unexpectedly.

Channel - Akin to a 'Chat Room'. The area where everyone wanting to talk about a certain subject go. All text sent to the channel will appear on the screen of everyone in the channel.

IRC - Internet Relay Chat. A system used to communicate with other Net users in real time. It's accessed using a specialist program or via the Java interfaces on Quest:PBM (http://www.questpbm.co.uk) and Different.net's website (http://www.different.net).

ISP - Internet Service Provider

Nick - The name you're using for chatting. Have a look at the nicks used by some of our ops and you'll see they don't have to be serious.