In irc (internet relay chat) documentation I see the terms 'network' and 'server' but not clearly distinguished.
Is there a distinction, or do they refer to the same thing? And/or does this distinction matter which irc network one is referring to?
When documentation says to connect to an irc server, do they loosely, or rather mean: connect to an irc network, (as I'm guessing that networks are collections of servers)?
Or do they mean to connect to a specific server?
I'm trying to get a better handle on how to use IRC, but like with anything that's been there for many years, sometimes the most obvious things are not clear to new people.