To connect to DALnet, you need an IRC client. Regardless of your operating system, chances are there is at least one IRC client for it. For more information about the wide variety of software you can use to access DALnet, see http://www.dal.net/software. If you can't download an IRC client but would like to chat on DALnet, http://www.dal.net has a java client available for public use.
You can connect to DALnet with an IRC client for your mobile device. ( Here are some applications that will let you connect to DALnet for all kinds of mobile’s Operating Systems. For iOS please check Appendix A, for Android Appendix B, for IRCCloud Appendix C).
DALnet is different from other IRC networks in a variety of ways. The most important difference is DALnet's custom IRC Services: NickServ, ChanServ, and MemoServ. DALnet's services are coded, maintained, and upgraded by our own staff. They are designed to make your chatting experience more enjoyable; for more information about DALnet's services, please visit http://www.dal.net/services.
Connect to an IRC server
(example: /server irc.dal.net:7000)
Quit IRC with "message"
(example: /quit Bye everyone!)
Enters the specified channel
(example: /join #Help)
Leaves the specified channel
(example: /part #Help Thanks for the help!)
Performs an action - * YourNick does something
/me action to
(example: /me waves to everyone in the channel)
Lists channels matching *subject*
(example: /list *help*)
It might be worthwhile to note that all IRC commands can be typed into the commandline of your IRC client, though some have "popups" or similar menu features. For help using your IRC client, try a channel with the same name (e.g. #mIRC for mIRC, #pIRCh for pIRCh) or you can try /help in your IRC client.
One of the most frequently asked questions by new users is how to register a nick. This information can be found through http://docs.dal.net/docs/nsemail.html.
DALnet has a large number of help channels that deal with a variety of different topics, not all of them necessarily IRC related. Therefore, the first step to finding help is to determine the nature of your problem.
For IRC related problems, it's important to know if it's a DALnet related question or not. We do not help with problems on other networks (getting banned, identd problems, server downtime, etc.). For DALnet related questions it's a good idea to visit #Help.
If you need help in another language, you can visit the document http://docs.dal.net/docs/channels.html#2.
An "official helper" is appointed to represent DALnet's IRC community in #Help and other officially designated chatting channels such as #DragonRealm. They are responsible for providing assistance to users with regards to DALnet IRC services commands amongst other subjects. .
Those users designated as "official helpers" are not IRC Operators. They are, in fact, regular DALnet users who volunteer their free time to assist users requiring help, with more resources provided by DALnet staff relating to network services. To find an IRC Operator, please click the following link: http://docs.dal.net/docs/operinfo.html.
All users who volunteer their time to help other users in the official and non-official network help channels are classed as "helpers" with a special status being given to the active staff in #Help. This status is only granted to suitable candidates by the Help Committee and DALnet's Central Administration.
All official DALnet helpers are able to provide readily available assistance to users utilising services' tools. Here is an example of the /whois output for the official helpers
MissPeanut is email@example.com * Peanut Butter is the best!
MissPeanut on @#help +#dragonrealm
MissPeanut using koala.vc.au.dal.net Micron21, Australia
MissPeanut has identified for this nick
MissPeanut is an official DALnet Helper.
MissPeanut is using a secure connection (SSL)
MissPeanut End of /WHOIS list.
As can be seen above, this user's /whois includes the flag "MissPeanut is an official DALnet Helper" which denotes network helper status.
Note: You can find other official helpers by issuing the command: /motd teams.*
A DALnet IRC Operator assists his or her admin in server maintenance as assigned and helps maintain network stability. IRCops assist users in becoming oriented to the DALnet network, DALnet Services and in the mediation of disputes. They may also participate in various teams as they desire. Please note that DALnet is not a for-profit entity and its staff members are not paid.
For further information about the network's administration, you can visit http://www.dal.net/admin.
Persons with the @ symbol in front of their nick are considered channel operators, who can change some channel settings and keep order. They have the ability to forcefully remove someone from a channel, among other things. DALnet does not take part in how any channel is managed, that is up to the channel's ops, and ultimately, the channel's founder. Most ops behave responsibly, but if there are any problems, you should contact the channel's founder. The founder has the final say in how their channel is run. You can find out who is the founder of a channel with any of the following commands:
/quote chanserv info
When using IRC, you should be especially cautious about security. Be very careful when accepting files over IRC, do not share nickname or channel passwords with other users, and make sure to visit http://docs.dal.net/docs/exploits.html if you're using any form of Microsoft Windows.