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Preppers Network Chat Guide

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We have a Chat Room:

These are online help pages for The Prepper’s Network Chat Room. The Prepper’s Network chat room is hosted by Rizon , if you are not familiar with IRC, and just want to chat with like minded people, you can simply use our web interface by clicking here , your nick will be bloghelp followed by some random numbers, to let the regulars know you came from this page. Otherwise you can use an IRC chat client like IceChat, which these help pages are about, and join the server Rizon (irc.rizon.net:6667 channel #preppers, port 6697 for ssl users). Additional Note: For Linux users please use Xchat ,

This help guide is divided into four sections. The first section deals with commands you can send the server, such as changing your nick name. The second section deals with IceChat, a separate program that you can use to join the channel instead of using the web chat interface. The third and fourth sections will help you customize IceChat to make use of the chat room to the max. That last section concerns frequently asked questions, notes, etc.

Keep Channel Purpose in Mind

We all love to laugh. We all like to chat about current events. But please remember that the #preppers channel to is help educate each other on preparedness, to network with like mind individuals, and to facilitate communications between each other. It is a social channel for preppers to meet, to share our problems, accomplishments, and to network. It is not a place to argue, for name calling, and debate.

Politics of Other Channels

The #preppers channel is the main chat channel for the American Preppers Network, and all associated networks. Each network is welcome to start their own channel, but please remember that issues that arise within those channels belong there, when in doubt the channel founder of that channel has the last say.

Access Levels

Each regular chatter in the channel who has registered to Nickserv gets certain privileges, these are given by the channel founder based on access levels to the channel. If you would like to know how access levels are handed out on #preppers to use on your own network channel, see APPEX “A”.

Correct Behavior Privately

When ever there is a problem within the channel by a person, that person should be dealt with in private (See Private Messages in this help guide), it should not be in the channel itself. This channel follows the Code of Conduct set out the American Preppers Network. If a person refuses to correct their behavior, they can be kicked out of the channel, or even banned by any user with sufficient and higher access then the offender. If there is a dispute between members that goes beyond this, founders of the channels in question have the last say. Please note that channel operators, and founders do not control Kline bans, these are set by Rizon staff, and you have to deal with them yourself, we can not intercede on your behalf. The most likely reason you would be Kline by Rizon is that your computer is infected with a virus that is disruptive to the network, upgrade your anti-virus software and scan your computer before you contact Rizon staff.


Section #1 IRC Commands

The Nick Command:

IRC stands for Internet Relay Chat , it is a chat system that uses a network of servers to allow many people to chat with each other in virtual rooms. Each network has many rooms that people can meet and chat in, APN’s main room is #preppers . Note that there is a number sign at the beginning of the name, this tells IRC that you are referring to a channel, much like twitter uses the number sign to identify conversation tags. IRC pays special attention to the first characters a lot. The most important first character is the forward slash “ / ”. This tells IRC that you are sending a command, and not saying something in the chat. The first command you should learn is the Nick command, it allows you change your name used in the chat to better identify you.

The picture below is from using Ice Chat, but the same commands can be used in the web interface and most other IRC clients.

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In the image above you can see that I am about to change my nickname in the chat from whatever it is (in this case Wolfe ) to Wolfe -away (inside the red circle). The area I am typing this is the same area that I use to say things in the channel. The only reason I am able to do this is because I am using the forward slash to tell IRC that I am sending a command. Sometimes after someone changes their nickname in chat, the server will send a warning message stating,

-Nickserv- This nickname is registered and protected. If it is your

-Nickserv- nick, type /msg Nickserv IDENTIFY password. Otherwise,

-Nickserv- please choose a different nick.

This is because the regular person who uses this nickname has registered this nickname with a service on the server called Nickserv , if you do not change your nick it will be changed for you to Guest with some random numbers.


Section #1 IRC Commands

The Private Message Command:

Most of the time you use IRC to chat in a public, or a semi private chat room. But you can also send a private message to someone. Sometimes you have to send a private message to the services to do certain things. To send a private message you just shorten up the word “message” to /msg . What has to follow right after /msg is the nickname of the person you are sending the message too, and then the message. For example, if you wanted to send me a message it would be /msg Wolfe hello I am testing the message command .

The picture below is from using the web interface.

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When you send a private message it opens up another dialog in the web interface, or another tab called Messages .

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(Unless other wise noted all other images are for Ice Chat, the reason for the above images is because the Messages tab is unique. Many other chat clients work in a similar manner.)

When you receive a private message it creates another tab/query with the nickname of the person who sent you a message.

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By clicking on this tab you change which chat you are talking in. If it is another chat room you will see the chat conversation that is going on there, if it is a private message then you will be in a private conversation with the person that sent you the message.


Section #1 IRC Commands

The NickServ and Registering Your Nickname:

Rizon, and most other IRC networks provide services that you access using the /msg command. Services are programs that run on the chat server that do different things, Rizon has several services, one of them is called Nickserv. Nickserv can protect you nickname from other people using it by letting you register the nickname for yourself. Any time someone wants to use the nickname from then on, it requires a password.

In order to have Nickserv protect your nickname from unauthorized use, you need to register it. You do this by sending a private message to Nickserv which includes your chosen password and email address.

/msg Nickserv REGISTER password [email]

When you send this private message correctly Nickserv will send you a notice back that says the following:

–Nickserv– A passcode has been sent to example@yourdomain.com, please type/msg Nickserv confirm to complete registration

Nickserv will then send you an email to the address you used. The email will look something like this:

Hi,

You have requested to register the following nickname examplenick.

Please type ” /msg Nickserv confirm RANDOMCODEHERE ” to complete registration.

If you don’t know why this mail was sent to you, please ignore it silently.

PLEASE DON’T ANSWER TO THIS MAIL!

Rizon administrators.

You have to send the private message “ /msg Nickserv confirm RANDOMCODEHERE ” you received in the email within the chat like all other IRC commands and private messages. When you do this correctly Nickserv will respond with a notice like so …

–Nickserv– Nickname examplenick registered under your account:*someone@*.yourhostmask.com

–Nickserv– Your password is – remember this for later use.

Now only you can use that nickname. Each time you join the IRC server you will have to identify to Nickserv by sending your password.

To see how to do that keep reading.


Section #1 IRC Commands

The Nick Identify Command:

If you have registered your nickname with Nickserv and rejoin the chat at some future date you will receive a notice from Nickserv like the following.

–Nickserv– This nickname is registered and protected. If it is your

–Nickserv– nick, type /msg Nickserv IDENTIFY password. Otherwise,

–Nickserv– please choose a different nick.

Depending on how you are connecting to the IRC chat you can do different things to identify yourself to Nickserv. Any of these will work, because they basically are just sending a private message to Nickserv with your password.

/msg Nickserv identify [password]

If you are using the chat room link from the American Prepper’s Network, Kentucky Preppers Network, Survival Times, or even my own blog you have an option to identify before you join the chat room.

This image is an example of using the default Rizon web interface.

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This check mark allows you to send your password as you join the chat. By using the check mark, you will be able to enter your password to Nickserv in a new field in the form. It helps to avoid doing it by private message. If you need to manually send your password you can send a private message to Nickserv like so:

/msg Nickserv identify [password]

If you do it correctly you will get a notice from Nickserv which should read:

–Nickserv– Password accepted – you are now recognized.

But doing this every time you join the chat is a real pain, the IRC client Ice Chat has the ability to do it for you. On the far left side is a vertical long tab with the words Favorite Servers.

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If you click on this area it will open up to show you the server list that you go to often, your favorite IRC servers.

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Right clicking on the server name, in this case irc.rizon.net opens up a new window with many options. It’s the edit server button you want to click on, (yes there is another edit server button below the list you can use that does the same thing).

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The edit options may look complex, but it is rather straight forward. The first set of options are your basic server options. Within each option is a fill out form this one sets your nickname and other options including the server you want to connect to. The following are the setting for hooking up to #preppers

Server Name:irc.rizon.net Server Port:6667 Nickname:yournickname Alt. Nick.:yournickname_ Away-Nick:yournickname-Away Ident Name:Your Name Full Name:yourblogurl Quit Message:$randquit

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For the record we discourage people using their real names. It’s just not strong OPSEC. You can, like I have done, use your Blog’s URL as part of the options here. The Away Nick can also be something like yournick(A) to mean the same thing. (Side Note: Remember I mentioned that IRC pays special attention to the first character a lot? That why I used the $ in $randquit above. It gives Ice Chat the variable which stands for Random Quit Message. You can put any message in here you want. People will see it when you quit IRC, for example you could put “I quit, see you all tomorrow.”, which would work just as well. )

The next set of options are called the Start Up, and it means exactly what you might think. It is a list of things for Ice Chat to do when it starts up and joins the server.

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This is where the ability of Ice Chat to identify to Nickserv is used. Each of the above check mark boxes stands for the following:

  • Set Mode +i on Connect means that you want Ice Chat should identify when it connects to the server if checked.

  • Show Server MOTD means that when this option is checked you want to see the Message of the Day from the server.

  • Show Ping Pong Message means that you want to know when you receive a test packet of data and that you have replied to it automatically so that server knows you are still online.

  • Show Server Lag in Console just means that you want to know how long it takes to send a ‘ping’ and a ‘pong’ back and forth between you and the server.

  • Auto-Connect on IceChat Startup means that you want to auto connect to this server when you start Ice Chat on your computer

  • Connect with SSL using an external program …. means I have to write another help guide. ;)

The image above shows which boxes you should have checked, and un-checked. It is likely that this is the default setting for your Ice Chat when you started it up, but it is a good idea to make sure it is set up this way. Leave the Server Password: blank, it does not apply to you … yet. But you should set the Nickserv Password: now to the same one that you set up when you registered your nickname. Also leave the Use Secure command to send Nickserv Pass blank.

Sometimes some clients use /Nickserv instead of /msg Nickserv to send the identify. So if your using a different client and still want to automate this process of identify to Nickserv you can use the AutoPerform. But before I show you how, I going to help you with the AutoJoin List since it is next in the list on Ice Chat.


The AutoJoin Options:

AutoJoin is pretty much straight forward, you enter the channel room and click the Add button. If you have a slow connection to the internet you may want to check the Enable AutoJoin Delay (5 Seconds). Just make sure to include the # in the name of the channel, in our case #preppers.

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Almost all IRC clients have an option to include AutoPerform although the exact wording might be different. This is the next set of Options in Ice Chat that I am going through. Basically you can place anything you want here, for example if you do not have #preppers in your autojoin list, you could add it here by including the line “/join #preppers” in the text area (no quotes).

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As you can see you can also identify to Nickserv this way, just as if you typed it in manually from the web interface, or after you joined the server. There are a few more options, such as using a BNC server, a Proxy, and some Default settings for Ice Chat itself, but for now this is all you need to know about Identifing to Nickserv.


Section #1 IRC Commands

The Nick Group Command:

Some of us in the chat room access the chat while we are at work, on the road, or busy in the barn at home. So it does mean that we are away from the keyboard for period of time. Lots of IRC chat rooms dislike people who idle, or change their to include “_away”, we don’t mind at all. You can link you normal nickname to your away nickname with the Nick Group command. We suggest that you just add “_away” or “(A)” to you current nick rather then change the nickname completely in order not to confuse people.

Basically this is how it works. You change your nickname to something else for example: /nick yournick_away

The what you do is tell Nickserv that you want to link your two nicknames together: /msg nickserv group yournick


Section #1 IRC Commands

The Nick Ghost Command:

Sometimes there is a problem staying connected to the chat server. This can be caused by a Net Split, or something that happened between you and the server for a short period of time. When you re-connect to the chat, you find that the chat server still thinks your first connection is still working, and you see yourself in the chat, and you now have your alternate nick being used. (example: if your normal nickname is wolfe, your alternate nickname might be wolfe_) What has happened is that you have left behind what is called a ghost, because you didn’t tell the server you were leaving. (Eventually the ghost will disappear on it’s own if you don’t come back) This can be at the least annoying because it means that any private messages will be missed by you.

You can get rid of the ghost with the nick ghost command. Send another private message to Nickserv like so: /msg nickserv ghost yournick

Now you can change your alternate nickname_ back to your normal nickname. If you have set up all your setting on Ice Chat above you will automatically identify to Nickserv for it. Otherwise remember to send an identify to Nickserv with: /msg nickserv identify


Section #1 IRC Commands

The Nick Info Command:

A lot of preppers have personal blogs, and those that don’t tend to post to one of the preppernetworks sites. You can include a link to your personal blog, your state preppernetworks site, or even www.worldwidepreppersnetwork.com within your nickname information.

To set your URL in your nickname information send: /msg nickserv set url www.worldwidepreppersnetwork.com

You can also set your email address as well by sending: /msg nicserv set email you@yourdomain.com

If you want to know more about someone in the channel you can send a request to Nickserv to send you that information, you will either get the information that they have shared, or a notice that the nickname you are asking about is not registered. For example if you send a request about me …

/msg nickserv info wolfe all


Section #1 IRC Commands

The Action Command:

If you join the chat on a regular basis you might notice that sometimes people appear to do something rather then just say something. For example:

wolfe hits matthiasj with a book.

What was entered was “/me wolfe hits matthiasj with a book.” which is the action command or expressions command.


Section #1 IRC Commands

The Nick Help Command And Others:

Just a quick note about Nickserv, Chanserv, and Memoserv. You can get instruction on their use directly for other options I have not included in the guide, by private messaging each, like the following: /msg nickserv help

For more detailed help about a particular setting within those commands you can add the option to the help request like so: /msg nickserv help register


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