channel operator (also referred to as a "chop" or "chanop") on a given
channel is considered to 'own' that channel. In recognition of this
status, channel operators are endowed with certain powers which enable
them to keep control and some sort of sanity in their channel.
- J. Oikarinen, D. Reed; Internet Relay Chat Protocol;
RFC 1459; May 1993.
You can easily become the operator of your
own IRC channel. You can create your own
channel by typing /join #channel-name where the channel name doesn't
already exist on that network, as in:
When you create a channel, you are automatically made the operator
of the channel. You can then invite friends across the Internet to
join the channel, or wait and see if others join of their own accord.
When you create a channel, you should use the /topic command to specify
a one sentence description of the channel's topic. This topic will be displayed
to anybody executing
a /list command, and may be your best chance to get people to investigate
/topic #quantum This channel is about einstein
If you need to sign off the channel, or wish to give up operator
status, you can assign operator status to someone else with the
You can make more than one person an operator if you want:
The /mode command lets you designate a channel that you have created to be secret
/mode #mychannel +s
/mode #mychannel +p
an operator, if you need to you can kick people off your channel
with the /kick command.