Frequently Asked Questions

Questions Asked, or Likely to be Asked by Users

How can I use my own client? To connect, simply configure your IRC client to use the server address "irc.privchat.net" with the port number "6697". Some clients require you to check a box saying that SSL (or TLS) is eanbled, be sure to check this. Other clients, like mIRC require you to use port "+6697" - where the + indicates that it's a SSL/TLS enabled connection

This is what a configuration for mIRC looks like:

My channel has been overthrown! What can I do? Register a new channel and ask your members to join you at your new channel. You should have registered your channel originally, which would have made it much more difficult to be overthrown. We only support 1 founder per channel, so it is not possible for any other founder to overthrow the channel.

Is there an official Help channel? Yes, the channel name is #Help. Type /join #Help to join this channel.

Somebody is bugging me - can you ban them? No. Take it up with your channel owner(s) as it is their responsibility to set the rules of your channel. If this user persists to annoy you, use your IRC Client's feature to ignore them. With mIRC, just type /ignore <nickname>.

Can I use TOR or a VPN Client with this IRC network? Yes, but you do not need to. Please remember that we only allow 5 connections per IP Address. Once this limit is up, additional connections will not be possible. Many TOR and VPN connections have shared exit IP Addresses.

Can I connect without encryption? No. Not on purpose, or even by accident can you connect without encryption.

My SASL Authentication if Failing! We only support SASL Basic. For SASL to work, your username needs to be the same as the account you register with nickserv. If your nickname and your username are different, you will exeprience authentication failures with SASL. Reminder: Nickname!Username@Host - Username is what SASL will use to authenticate you with - not your nickname. Either a) Register your base username and then group your preferred nickname to your base username or b) use NICKSERV authentication, which uses your Nickname instead of your username.

Is communication between the servers and services secure? Yes. All communication between our IRC servers is also done via SSL.

Can I apply to be an IRC Operator? No. As we do not actively police or monitor the IRC servers or channels, there is little need for a multitude of IRC Operators.

Where can I find help? Join the #Help channel to get assistance, and an IRC Operator or volunteer may make himself available for you.

Can I help out in the #Help Channel? Of course. Please note that this will not in any way strengthen your position on the network, or make it easier to become an IRC Operator.

What IRC Daemon do you run? We run Unreal IRC Daemon, combined with Atheme services. To get the exact version, please connect to one of our servers.

Can I use a fake e-mail address when I register with NickServ? Yes you may. Unlike other IRC networks we have given the users the ability to protect their digital Identity as part of their human rights to Privacy. However, should you accidentally forget your password, we will not be able to help you recover it if you have used an invalid e-mail address.

Just how secure is this? This IRC network uses the same kind of encryption which is used on most if not all Internet Banking sites as well as well known web sites such as Paypal or Amazon. It is using the strongest allowed encryption and is extremely safe. Even if somebody were to sit in one of the IRC channels to log all activity (this is still possible as it is a feature of the client), the IP's are masked.

Aren't you just providing a means for people to commit cybercrime? Guns don't kill people - people kill people. You don't go and sue Smith & Wesson because their weapon was used to kill somebody. Just like Smith & Wesson make guns to protect people's safety, this IRC network is designed to protect the safety of valid users with a valid reason for withholding or protecting their identity. The few people who choose to abuse this precollege will be doing so against our reasons for making this IRC Network available.

Will DCC Chats and DCC File Transfers be secure? No. DCC stands for Direct Client to Client, and therefore does not go via our IRC Network. Any chats or sends done via DCC can be intercepted using a protocol analyzer. For secure chat, open up your own channel and restrict the access and chat on the channel normally. For secure file transfers, consider using FTP over SSL or another encrypted transfer solution.

How do I register my nickname? When you are on IRC, type /msg NickServ REGISTER <password> <e-mail address> and it will register your currently-used nickname instantly. Example: /msg nickserv register SomePassw0rd! fannyaddams@gogglemail.org

How do I register a channel? Only a channel operator can register a channel. Channel operators are always the first person to enter and create a channel. They may then promote others to be operators along side them. To register the channel type /msg ChanServ REGISTER <#channelname>. Example: /msg chanserv register #Help

What is a virtual host? A virtual host is a vanity license plate of your choosing. Due to the fact that we obfuscate people's IP Addresses, members appear quite uninteresting to other users. With a virtual host, you can bring some merriment and mirth into your identity. An example of a host name without a virtual host: * Chip (chip@FF63C7CA:582C7900:20C3CE81:IP) has joined #help. An example of a host name with a virtual host: * Chip (chip@off.the.old.block) has joined #help

How do I request a virtual host? After you have registered your nickname, you can request a virtual host. To request a virtual host, type /msg HostServ REQUEST <your.vhost.goes.here>. Example: /msg chanserv request ih8microshaft.com

How can I register an op-less channel? For channels which have for any particular reason become op-less, and channel registration is desired, IRC Operators may intervene to gather a consensus from the members to appoint a new channel owner.

Can I link my IRCD to your network? We are not taking any applications to link to our network. Should our network need to grow, we will use internal funding and resources to do it.

What characters can my nickname have? In addition to the regular alphanumeric characters and additional symbols permitted by most IRC Daemons, we also permit the following characters: À Á Â Ä Å Æ Ç È É Ê Ë Ì Í Î Ï Ð Ñ Ò Ó Ô Ö Ø Ù Ú Û Ü Ý Þ ß à á â ä å æ ç è é ê ë ì í î ï ð ñ ò ó ô ö ø ù ú û ü ý þ ÿ Ă ă Ą ą Ć ć Č č Ď ď Ę ę Ě ě Ĺ ĺ Ľ ľ Ł ł Ń ń Ň ň Ő ő Ŕ ŕ Ř ř Ś ś Ş ş Š š Ţ ţ Ť ť Ů ů Ű ű Ź ź Ż ż Ž and ž. Additional character sets may become available if there is sufficient request for it.

Don't these strange UTF-8 characters cause problems with the log files? What log files?

Where are all the users? If you join the network and immediately start looking for channels of interest, you may be disappointed. Newly created channels are made secret by default (+s), and it appears that the 800+ users of this network prefer it that way. If you establish yourself here, you can choose to make your channel public by removing the +s, or to keep it secret. The choice is yours.

Are there bad people or bad channels on the network? We have no idea. Maybe. Probably. New channels are not logged to any windows, and while connections are shown to us in the #operators channel, this information is not logged to file. We do not make guesses as to where people are going, whom they are talking to, or why they are here. Their privacy is our responsibility - not our curiosity.

Is PrivChat SESTA-FOSTA Compliant? SESTA-FOSTA contradicts our policy of privacy. Fortunately, since our organization is not based in the US, and none of our servers are based in the US, we are therefore not subject to this law and are not required to police our channels as a result. Our operators use a client alias for the list command which uses the Services LIST comamnd /msg alis LIST, which hides all +s channels. We do however follow GDPR, which is covered elsewhere on this website.

Where are your servers located? Please refer to the separate servers page for more information.