Private messages are ways for one person to speak to another person without them being in the same channel, or having others see the conversation. There are two types of private messages, notices and private messages.
To initiate a private message, first you need to know the user's nick. Then, use one of the following commands.
- /query Nick
- Opens up the private message tab, but does not send a message. The other user does not know you used this command.
- /msg Nick Message
- Sends a message to the nick. The private message tab opens for the other user, but not for you.
There are no modes in private chat.
Notices may be preferable if the private messages tab is not needed. Notices are done by using the command /notice Nick Message.
Where the notice goes depends on the specific client. In Mibbit, the location depends on the preference Notices to active tab being enabled or disabled. If enabled, the notice goes to the active tab. Otherwise, the notice goes to the server tab.