FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) and Help Files
StarChat often hears the same questions from guests regarding our network and services. The following files should help answer these questions, or you may join #starchat for additional information.
StarChat is an Internet Relay Chat (IRC) network that allows you to talk with other people on computers, WebTV and MSN Tv systems, or gaming systems with chat features. You can talk in a channel (or room) with several people, on chat privately with a single person.
There are no fees or charges to use StarChat. Our network is private, linked servers are donated by a company or purchased by their administration who may also pay for bandwidth consumption. All StarChat staff are volunteers, donating their time and expertise to assist others. As there is no cost to use StarChat, we consider everyone as a guest and ask that anyone accessing the network behave as such.
There are no fees or charges to register a nickname on StarChat. StarChat allows you to register five (5) nicknames to your E-mail address. Those who register more than five with multiple E-mail addresses will have their nicknames deleted from the Services database.
There are no fees or charges to register a channel (room) on StarChat. StarChat allows you to register five (5) channels to your registered nickname. Those who register more than five with multiple nicknames will have their channels deleted from the Services database.
If you have an Internet Relay Chat (IRC) client, connect to StarChat by opening the client and typing /server irc.starchat.net or click here. If you don't have an IRC client, you can use the java chat link on the left here.
If you are not on AOL, Compuserv, Prodigy, or Wal-Mart Connect as your Internet Service Provider, connect to StarChat and type:
/msg nickserv register [your E-mail address here] [create your own password here]
Example: /msg nickserv register firstname.lastname@example.org twinkle
Use your real E-mail address as StarChat mails you an access number to complete registration. Once you receive that number, follow the directions in the E-mail to activate the nickname. You need to activate your nickname in 24 hours after you register, otherwise the registration will expire and you will need to register again.
To register a channel, you must first register your nickname. Once you have registered and activated your nickname, join the channel you wish to register and type:
/msg chanserv register [#channel name]
Example: /msg chanserv register #starchat
There are no channel passwords on StarChat to be lost or stolen. Channel registration is dependent on the registration of the nickname of the channel's founder. Remember that if the nickname of the channel's founder expires, so does the channel registration.
If you use AOL, Compuserv, or Wal-Mart Connect as your Internet Service Provider, then you must register here to speak on StarChat.