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<page xmlns="http://projectmallard.org/1.0/"
      xmlns:e="http://projectmallrd.org/experimental/"
      xmlns:its="http://www.w3.org/2005/11/its"
      type="topic" style="task"
      id="irc-start-conversation">

  <info>
     <link type="guide" xref="index#conversations"/>
    <desc>Start a conversation with an individual in IRC.</desc>
    <revision pkgversion="3.24" version="0.1" date="2016-03-13" status="draft"/>
    <credit type="author">
      <name>Milo Casagrande</name>
      <email its:translate="no">milo@ubuntu.com</email>
    </credit>
    <credit type="author">
      <name>Paul Cutler</name>
      <email its:translate="no">pcutler@gnome.org</email>
    </credit>
    <license>
      <p>Creative Commons Share Alike 4.0</p>
    </license>
  </info>

  <title>Chat with somebody on IRC</title>

  <p>You can hold private conversations with other IRC users, outside of the
  public IRC chat rooms.  To start a conversation with another IRC user:</p>

  <steps>
    <item>
      <p>Click on the name of the person in the channel you would like to start
      a chat with.
      </p>
    </item>
    <item>
      <p>Information about the user, including their name and the last time they
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      were active in the channel, will appear.  Click <gui>Message</gui> to 
      start a private conversation.
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      </p>
    </item>
  </steps>

  <p>Another option to start a conversation with a user:</p>

  <steps>
    <item>
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      <p>In the upper-right hand corner of <app>Polari</app> a number is 
      displayed that shows the total number of users in the chat room.  
      Click on the number.
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      </p>
    </item>
    <item>
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      <p>Select the name of the user you want to message.  Information about 
      the user, including their name and the last time they were active in 
      the channel, will appear.</p>
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    </item>
    <item>
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      <p>Press <gui>Message</gui> to start a private conversation.</p>
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    </item>
  </steps>

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    <p>A new private conversation will start and a chat room will be created. 
    The chat room will be shown in the left sidebar of <app>Polari</app> 
    with the name of the person you are chatting with.
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    </p>



</page>