Before you connect:
This is an IRC network. If you are not familiar with them, this
quick guide will be of great use to you. IRC stands for Internet
Relay Chat, and is the oldest form of multi-user text based
conversations (read- multiplayer notepad) still around. As such,
it's a bit archaic. You need to know a few commands to get around
here. I will list those commands here.
Just type these in where you would normally type your messages.
The / at the front of the word tells the system that it's a command,
and doesn't post it to the channel. Ready? Here we go!
This command allows you to change your name. To change your name to
"foxley", you would simply type
/nick foxley. You can
set your nickname below as well, but if you forget, this command will
set things straight.
Lists all the channels available on the network, including their topics,
and how many people are in them. This is usually a very long list- on
larger networks, executing this command takes longer then the average user
takes to make breakfast.
This allows you to enter a room, or channel. Simply find one you like in
/list (or ask someone for recommendations), and type in
/join #channelname. An abbreviated channel list is provided
at the bottom of this page, however the
described above, will give you a larger, more comprehensive list.
Some channels are set to be hidden from the list, though, and you just
have to know what they are/get an invitation to them.
To log in, you may choose to
stand-alone IRC client program on your computer or simply fill out
the information in either of the Login boxes below.
The first login box utilizes CGI:IRC, a fully web-based client
wherein your chat communications are done through AnthroChat's web
server (on port 80). It is known to be cumbersome to use in comparison
with most other clients, but has the added benefit of allowing you to
chat regardless of some firewall configurations that may explicitly
block IRC traffic.
The second login box utilizes PJIRC, a Java based client that is akin to
downloading a stand-alone client and runs from your computer without
going through any software installation process. It communicates
with the IRC server directly, as any other client would (on port 7000).
The third login box utilizes Kiwi IRC, a web-based client, similar
to CGI:IRC, but your connections go through a third party web server
For reference, twenty channels (out of over 100; remember to check
/list) are listed below the login boxes. If you see one
that suits your fancy, go ahead and type it in in the "Channel" box,
and it will automatically connect you to that channel. If you would
like to explore more channels, use the
/join command after
you are connected. You may also join multiple channels, simultaneously,
this way. Have fun!
CGI:IRC 0.5.11 (2013/09/24)
While these web-based chat clients will get you onto AnthroChat,
you are encouraged to download and install
a stand-alone client
and point it at irc.anthrochat.net, port 6667, 7000, or 7667.
XChat and mIRC
are among the most widely used stand-alone clients.
Some channels require a
Instructions for acquiring one are on
the main page of our web site.
If you already have a registered nickname, you may enter its password
in the "Password" field of the login boxes. Otherwise, you may leave
Some well-populated channels: (results may vary)