IRC (Internet Relay Chat) is a way for people all over the globe to come together and chat with each other in real time. To participate in IRC you need to download a 'client' (a separate software program) which connects to an IRC server that transmits and relays messages immediately between all the different clients connected to it. The budgie IRC chat takes place on a specific channel which is located on the ShadowWorld IRC Network.

Every budgie owned person is invited to attend BUDGIE CHAT every Friday night, at 12-midnight GMT.

For the USA this means:
8:00 pm EDT
7:00 pm CDT
6:00 pm MDT
5:00 pm PDT
In other parts of the worlds this means:
Canada-Central 7:00 pm (8:00 in local summer)
Canada Eastern
9:00 am (noon) Saturday in Australia (Perth)
1:00 am Portugal
1:00 am UK
1:00 am Germany
2:00 am Saturday South Africa (Cape Town)

Connect to one of the following Gamma.net servers (or visit the
ShadowWorld Website for additional servers):
  • Pluto.OR.US.ShadowWorld.NET
  • Eclipse.CT.US.ShadowWorld.NET
  • Apollo.WA.US.ShadowWorld.NET
  • Phantom.MO.US.ShadowWorld.NET
  • Rupert.IL.US.ShadowWorld.NET
  • Infinity.CA.US.ShadowWorld.NET
  • Once connected type /join #budgie-chat

    Budgie-Chat is now on Daylight Savings time. If you are in an area that does not observe Daylight Savings, show up one hour earlier than the listed time.

    Some IRC Clients...

    For Macintosh:

    For Windows:

    Also for Windows:

    Once connected to the ShadowWorld Network, the first thing you should do is register your chosen nickname. Type /msg nickserv register password (Replace the word password with what you want your password to be). For more information on NickServ commands refer to ShadowWorld website.

    Basic IRC Commands...

    Changes your nickname to whatever you specify. Example: /nick birdbrain makes birdbrain your current nickname.

    Connects you to a specified channel. (Note: All channels on IRC have names that begin with #) Example: /join #budgie-chat would connect you to the channel named #budgie-chat.

    Makes you leave a channel. Example: /part #budgie-chat departs you from the #budgie-chat channel. If a channel is not specified, it will depart you from your current channel.

    Works the same as /part.

    Same effect is achieved with the following commands: /exit , /signoff and /bye. It is possible to leave a message or reason for departing with these commands which would be displayed to the remaining people on your channels. Example: /quit got stuff to do

    Shows an action for you. Example: /me munches on chocolate chip cookies would show on the channel as 'birdbrain munches on chocolate chip cookies'

    Shows certain information about the nickname you specify. Example: /whois birdbrain will bring up information for the person using the nickname birdbrain. That information usually includes what channels they are currently on, what server they're connected through, signon time, and idle time.

    Basically the same funtion as /whois only about someone who has just left the channel.

    This command starts up a private chat with a specified person. Example: /query birdgirl initiates a private conversation with birdgirl. This private chat continues until you type /query to end it.

    Adds a nickname to your personal list of IRC users who you want to be notified of when they enter or leave and IRC session. Example: /notify birdgirl will add birdgirl to your list and notify you whenever she connects or leaves. To remove a nickname from your notify list just type /notify - birdgirl.

    The ignore command can be set to ignore messages from a specified person. It is possible to ignore all , none , or just msg , invite , public , and notice, and it is possible to ignore by a nickname or by a person@place.com format. Example 1: /ignore jerk msg would ignore all msg commands from the person known by the nickname jerk. Example 2: /ignore mail@cyberpromote.com ALL would ignore all types of messages from that person.

    Lists available channels, number of users on those channels, and topics for those channels.

    Lists the nicknames of all the users on your channel.

    The invite command allows you to invite another IRC user to another channel. It is possible to specify a channel, otherwise it will invite them to your current channel. Example: /invite budgiebutt #budgie-chat would send an invite message to the user known by budgiebutt. The invited user can then decide whether to join that channel or not. (Note: Often this command is restricted to channel Ops)

    Gives a listing of users. It is possible to specify a specific user or find out about all the users on your particular channel. Example: /who #budgie-chat> would display a list of all the users on the #budgie-chat channel.

    Is a very 'helpful' command. (Sorry couldn't resist...) This help command bring up explanations of other commends. Example: /help join will bring up a help file on the /join command.

    Shows to everyone remaining on the list that you are not paying attention currently. Example: /away gone to check on the birds tells everyone who does a /query or /whois or /msg to you that you are temporarily gone to check on the birds.

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