How can I set status messages in IRC? A simple guide for learning IRC would also be helpful.
The standard command is /away [your away message]. Then /away again to let people know you're back. I think this is a good start for learning IRC: http://www.mirc.com/ircintro.html
You can do something like
This will make it appear to others that you are away, and if they PM you, they will get a message somewhat like this:
You can also use the
Will appear to others in the channel/PM as something like: