Cynthia's IRC Tutorial

The first thing you need to do is download an IRC program. I'm lazy and go through Trillian which is a free download. Trillian let's you use AIM, IRC, ICQ, MSN Messenger and Yahoo all at the same time. It's got some drawbacks, but for a beginner it works well enough. If you are using Trillian, you will not be able to leech off of users who are behind a firewall or need you to type "/dccserver + sc on 59" to connect.

Once you've got your program you need to connect to IRC. For the past few months a few fuckheads have been trying to take down IRC.
The scanlation groups usually do a really good job of keeping on top of this so check their homepage to see if they're recommending you get on through a different address. For the past few days, I've been connecting through or on port 6667.
Once you get on you need to enter a channel. Channels look like #nakama or #atlantisdream.
Once you're in, you will need to register your nick (nickname). This is a very simple process and the control window will walk you through it step by step. Okay, so now we've got a useable nick and are in a channel. The first command you should type EVERY time you go into a new channel is !rules. Read the rules of the channel.

The command you will be using most is the !list command. !list lets you view the /ctcp address for everyone in the channel that have files you can leech. Below you can see where I typed list and part of the results I got in the #atlantisdream channel.

See all the little /ctcp things? That's the code you type in to enter a DCC chat and get into get files.
I usually cut and paste this into the window. IRC doesn't let you right click to cut so you'll have to Ctrl+C to cut and Ctrl+V to paste. If you've done this right, a little window will pop up asking you if you want to accept a DCC chat.
Once you're in someone's files (DCC chat) there are a few codes you need to learn:
dir - enter the directory
cd - change directory
get - get a file
quit - exit dcc chat

So you would type dir to get in. They will give you a list of their directories. Type CD NAME OF DIRECTORY once that has run type dir again to get a list of everything in that directory.

Once you've done that and you've found what you want you type get and the title of what you want to download. You may not get it right away, you may have to wait in a queue.

Nakama doesn't allow @find and will boot you from the channel (kick you off) if you use it. Most other channels allow @find. @find lets you look up a particular series. So you might type something like @find youka nitta. Then you will get a list of everyone in that channel that has what you're looking for. Here is part of my results from doing an @find search in the #atlantisdream channel for Paradise Lost by Row Takakura.

Follow the same directions to initiate a DCC chat; /ctcp blah blah blah blah.

I should note that I didn't nab the file from this person because their queue slots were full. Look where it says Sends and Queues. That's a good indication of how long you'll have to wait for you file.

I hope some of you found this useful. I know when I started using IRC I couldn't figure it out. I got booted off of a lot of channels for making stupid mistakes. Good luck, be polite and remember to respect the Ops and the people you are leeching from.