-designed to make chatting as discouraging as possible for the casual user. Its windows95 style interface and text-only format on black or white backgrounds make it feel lifeless and dull. When one first opens IRC, one can only stare into the blank black screen; there is no welcome window and no cute little sound to tell you your friends are on. All this, designed with the intention
of keeping out: da n00bzours.
2) The place where dreams will become a reality and your life will be forever enjoyable.
3) A colossal time waster.
IRC is not that hard to set up. You can download a client (or use Java, whatever suits you), then connect to a server, register your name, join a channel, and things go on from there.
Oh, IRC has plenty of noobs. And most of the discussion in IRC is normally just really stupid stuff (see below).
<toughk1dlol> whoa a gurl! hotchik wanna cyber?
<H0tch1k203> eww on irc? dats gros
H0tch1k203 has left #randomchannelol
<toughk1dlol> lol i am teh l33t
<urmom> lol penis!1
Windows users use mIRC (www.mirc.com) and other users use xIRC or BitchX (www.bitchx.org) to connect to an IRC server.
Once connected to a server people can message each other in private or in public channels.
I was on DragonzKeep IRC server and I met this great girl in the server chat channel.