I need help!
is not exactly a help-site for IRC, we more thrive to concentrate
on things that interest people who already are on IRC or
who administer or develop IRC themselves. There are luckily, however,
many sites that will undoubtedly serve your needs with regards to
getting help on using and installing IRC.
is by far the most popular of them. It offers advice for people
wanting to use IRC on practically any platforms and any network
in multiple languages. That makes it a pretty good starting-point.
For people already connected, many networks also offer a channel
called #irchelp, with volunteers familiar with IRC willing to help
the best they can if and when questions arise.
the more courageous...
is a direct link to the homepage of mIRC. mIRC is the most popular
IRC-client for Windows. The site also features an Introduction to
IRC and an Introduction to mIRC itself. The client has been designed
easy to use and is thus the most recommended choice for a newbie
wanting to familiarize him or herself with the world of IRC. Happy
is a direct link to connect you to IRCnet via your web-browser.
The user-interface is a bit ugly, but usable, if you have no other
means of accessing IRC. Useful especially if you need to contact
someone on IRC, but are unable to do so otherwise. You simply specify
a nickname of your liking and where you want to join (say #irchelp)
and off you go...
update: November 2005 by Viha