This image will show activity on the channel assuming my bot (^v) is online.
Bot commands: https://gist.githubusercontent.com/PixelToast/ae9c7cfb7e0b706b3241/raw/gistfile1.txt
Here are the basics of IRC: https://www.esper.net/getting_started.php
In order to become a moderator you must follow the steps on “Registering your nickname on EsperNet”
For a standalone client i recommend HexChat: http://hexchat.github.io/