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 +=====New user information about IRC=====
 +
 +This file is for users new to irc.  Its intention is to briefly describe
 +what irc is all about. ​ It is not a command summary. Please refer to
 +[[Introduction]] to get started with the various EPIC commands.
 +
 +IRC stands for Internet Relay Chat.  It is a networked, real-time, online
 +chat system. ​ Its popularity has grown enormously since its invention
 +more than 7 years ago, and shows no signs of stopping anytime soon.
 +There are currently upwards of 30 irc "​networks"​ scattered around the
 +Internet, serving every corner of the globe; do not expect everyone to
 +speak your own native language. ​ At any given time, there are usually
 +upwards of 60,000 people using the various established irc networks.
 +
 +The primary means of identification on irc is currently the nickname.
 +All users have a nickname. ​ Your nickname can be changed with the
 +/[[nick]] command. ​ No two users on the same irc network may
 +use the same nickname at the same time.  For all intents and purposes,
 +nicknames are **NOT** owned. Anyone can use any nickname they like,
 +including your favorite if you aren't already using it on irc, and irc
 +operators are under no obligation whatsoever to "get it back" for you.
 +For this reason, it is recommended that you use the
 +/[[whois]] command if you are unsure if a nickname is
 +someone you know or not.
 +
 +It is important to recognize the nature of irc.  Not everyone you meet
 +will be friendly and good-natured. ​ Just like in real life, you will
 +meet jerks, and other types you may not care to associate with.  You may
 +meet people who will try to deceive you.  In particular, you may run
 +across someone who will ask you to issue some commands. ​ **USE**
 +**CAUTION** in these situations. ​ If you don't know what the command
 +does, don't do it.  If the command involves the /[[on]] or /[[exec
 +command|exec]] commands, don't do it unless you are sure you know what
 +you are doing. ​ If all else fails, ask an irc operator or a help channel
 +(such as #irchelp) for help.
 +
 +One final note on commands. ​ The various EPIC commands can be
 +abbreviated (to the shortest possible unambiguous string). ​ For example,
 +__/na__ would run the /[[names]] command. ​ This is mentioned
 +because, occasionally,​ you will run across pranksters trying to get new
 +users to type __/sign__ or something similar (__/sign__ is an
 +abbreviation of /​[[quit|signoff]]). As previously mentioned, use
 +caution whenever anyone asks you to use a command you are unfamiliar
 +with or uncertain about.
 +
 +Lastly, if you have not already done so, please read [[Etiquette]]
 +and [[Introduction]]. ​ The former describes the basic accepted
 +behavior on irc, while the latter is a beginning command rundown.
 +
  
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