AfterNET follows what we consider the “true” spirit of IRC, and does not use reserved or owned nicknames. While sometimes users familiar with networks like FreeNode find it harder to tell who is who, we feel that NickServ does not flow well with IRC, and actually increases the problem of nickname conflicts, especially on smaller networks. As a result, it can take some more work when you need to make sure the person you are talking to is who they claim to be. This guide should serve as a quick rundown of how to check someone's identity.
Sometimes people on IRC try to pretend they are the administrators, or operators of the network. They set their username or realname to “admin” or “ircop” to try and trick you. Finding out if someone is an oper is easy though. There are two ways to do it:
The whois reply will appear (sometimes in your status window). It looks like this:
[Rubin] (Rubin@ppp01-090.NWS.ORST.EDU) : +)Rubin(+ [Rubin] #afternet #nerf [Rubin] IRC.AfterNET.Org :AfterNET IRC Network [Rubin] is an IRC Operator [Rubin] is logged in as Rubin
The first line is my connection information: nickname, username, hostname and realname. The second line shows the channels I am in. The third line shows what network I am on. Now there are optional lines:
[Rubin] is logged in as rubin
tells you that the person has authenticated with the /auth command to the account “rubin” in AuthServ. If you see one like the above, which states the person is an IRC Operator, than you know for sure they are an IRC Operator.
Use X3: type /msg X3 ircops This will give you a list of all the IRC operators currently online. If they are in the list, then they are a real IRC operator.
For identifying users, there are again multiple ways to verify someone's identity.
I hope this guide has helped you to learn how to identify people on IRC. Please remember, AfterNET IRC operators will never ask you for your channel password. If you are in doubt, check it out.