I decided imgur needs an IRC chat channel, so I created #imgurians on IRCnet. Please join us, using your favourite IRC client, pointing it to open.ircnet.net (or any other IRCnet server you prefer).
!tweet something you want to appear on twitterto tweet. Also, we're not dead yet, I'm just not updating the FAQ regularly. Feel free to stick around, the regulars seem to be nice. Also, we have stats by now, please see the Miscellaneous section for links.
A more complete list is available in the Wikipedia article "List of IRC clients".
If you are certain that you need web-access to IRCnet, there are different web clients available, for instance:
Most IRCnet servers are restricting the range of IP addresses allowed to connect to the server.
The exception is
open.ircnet.net which is an alias to all servers allowing everybody to connect and will probably work for you if you're just trying to connect somehow.
In any case, you probably want to connect to a server which is physically close to you.
To find out about all servers you can connect to, join the channel #ircnet and enter !servers.
Example output from a German IP:
* You are talking on #ircnet <ente> !servers <@826HAAABC> ente => Performing lookup on your host to find what servers you can access <@826HAAABC> ente => Based on your host and ip you can use the following servers: <@826HAAABC> ente => irc.atw-inter.net irc.fu-berlin.de irc.man-da.de ircnet.blacklotus.net <@826HAAABC> ente => ircnet.eversible.com ircsrv.informatik.tu-muenchen.de openirc.snt.utwente.nlMost, but not all of these servers are located in Germany.
The table below contains wildcard records for servers, e.g. if you know you want to connect to a random server in a certain country, but you don't care which exact server you connect to, then please take a look at it. If your country is not in the list, please see the list of all servers.
|Estonia||irc.ircnet.ee||irc6.ircnet.ee – the Estonian IPv6 servers – allow connections from all over the world. If your ISP already supports IPv6, maybe try them.|
|Germany||irc.de.ircnet.net or random.ircd.de|
|USA||us-ircnet.wzff.de||DNS entries for American IRCnet are broken, therefore I supply my own. Both US servers (ircnet.blacklotus.net, ircnet.eversible.com) allow connections from everywhere, so the load will be rather high.|
|Poland||irc.pl.ircnet.net or polska.irc.pl|
This is an IRC based chat. In IRC, you have a bit output window and an input line. If you type something, it will appear on the input line. Since IRC is a chat system, most of the text you will be typing will be conversation you take part in, but if the line starts with a slash (
/), the line will be treated as a command instead.
Here's a list of frequently used commands to get you started:
/nick newnicknamewill change your nickname to newnickname. Nick names can't be longer than 15 characters.
/msg somebody some messagewill send a message to another user. Use this with care. Do not message random people you haven't talked to before, because they will probably be annoyed.
/join #somechannelwill join another chatroom (chatrooms are called channels in IRC terminology). If the channel didn't exist before you joined, you will become a channel operator with the ability to kick/ban/set channel topics/etc.
/me does somethingto do perform a so-called action, in which you refer to yourself in the third person. Examples
* yournick dances * yourfriend joins yournick in dancing around naked * someone thinks yournick and yourfriend are gross for being naked in here
/part I hate you allleaves the currently selected channel, displaying the message you pass, if any.
/quit I'm gonna go nowdisconnects from the server altogether leaving the message as reason, closes all channels and private conversations, and then terminates your IRC software.
/away I'm asleep. Don't disturbmarks you as away. Use this to indicate that you're not around. If you're marked as being away, lines mentioning your nick will be saved in an awaylog and displayed to you when you return. To mark yourself as no longer away, use
/awaywithout a message.
Tabkey (the one located over
Caps Lockon a typical keyboard) to autocomplete the nick.
/server irc.some.server.netto connect to a server. This is not required in the webchat.
/helpfirst to get a quick overview over your IRC software. (Note, if you're using the Web frontend, the help message won't be particularly useful and will just list the commands supported by the IRC server. Most client software has a good and helpful help system though.)
Currently, we have some subchannels intended for the discussion of the corresponding topics.
To join these, enter
Note: The '#'-sign is important
If you think some channel is missing here, please let us know. You can start your own channel for your own purposes by joining an empty one. Happy chatting!
Tard (which is the short form of Tardar Sauce) is our grumpy cat channel bot. It manages our channel-local accounts and channel ops.
The following steps are required to sign up with tard: First, you need to pick a tard handle you want to use later on. This does not necessarily have to be equal to your chat nickname.
Register with tard by replacing the italic values below with your real data. Only handle and password are required, but if you want other people to know your imgur account name or birthday, you can set these here. The email address will not be visible to other users, but instead be used to contact and verify your identity in case you lose your password. That said, please don't lose your password, no matter if you decide to enter your email address here or not.
A few things to keep in mind:
imgur:n/a. Same goes for the other fields of course.
/msg firstname.lastname@example.org register the-handle-you-want your-password email:email@example.com imgur:your-imgur-login birthday:1980-01-25 cakeday:2009-05-21 homepage:http://example.com/
You can replace these values later by using e.g.
/msg firstname.lastname@example.org cakeday 2013-09-05
In case you switch to a different ISP, your hostmask will change. In this case you need to tell tard to add your new hostmask to its database. The command you should use is
/msg email@example.com heyitsme your-username-here your-password-here.
If you are configured as a channel operator, you can ask tard set the operator mode on you for all channels where you are configured as an op. The command is
/msg firstname.lastname@example.org op your-password-here. Please note that webchat users will become "voiced" (channel mode
+v) instead of "opped" (
+o) because it's easy to screw things up with the web client. (That said, if you are a channel operator, please don't give ops to people who are connected via webchat. Thank you.)
You should probably
/msg email@example.com help in case you get stuck or
need an overview over the features tard offers you. If this still doesn't help, poke ente, there's probably a problem with tard.
Important: You should always include tard's full hostmask as mentioned above, i.e.
/msg firstname.lastname@example.org instead of just
/msg tard. This prevents potential attackers from taking over tard's nick and listening for other people's passwords. If your account gets hacked, it will be disabled and you will not get a second one. (This hasn't happened yet, but better safe than sorry, I guess).
!upvote #1234– upvote quote number 1234
!downvote #4711– downvote
!meh #0815– neutral vote
/msg tard upvote #1234(i.e. without the exclamation mark). In fact, this is actually preferred to spamming the channel in case you're voting quotes in bulk.
Some of these commands have aliases.
Please also note that it's currently not possible to change your vote for a quote at a later point.
The method to do this differs from client to client. It uses the client's so called "perform" mechanism to automatically execute commands on certain events.
Important: If you choose to automatically authenticate with tard you must under all circumstances make sure to include tard's hostmask in all
/msg occurences. Otherwise you put yourself at risk of being password snooped, which will in turn invoke the eternal wrath of the tard gods. Do not risk it.
so-called "perform script" to perform an action on start-up.
perform.txtusing a text editor (i.e. not an office suite like Microsoft Word, on Windows the program "Editor"/notepad which ships with Windows will work) containing the following line somewhere.
msg email@example.com heyitsme your-username your-passwordIf you are set as an operator in any of tard's channels, add the following line below the first:
msg firstname.lastname@example.org op your-passwordIt's important to not have any leading slashes in front of your
/msgand other commands since all lines in the file will be interpreted as commands.
Afterwards, you have to put the
load -e C:\Path\To\perform.txtor on Linux/*NIX,
load -e /path/to/perform.txtin the "X-Chat › Server List › connect command" box for IRCnet. You may want to also add your autojoin to the perform file before the
msgcommands to tard to ensure you're already joined on the channel you want tard to give you operator status on (and remove any autojoins you have in the Xchat input box). Example:
join #imgurians,#imgurians-tech,#finmgurScreenshot 1 Screenshot 2
/channel add -auto -bots "*!email@example.com" -botcmd "^msg $0 heyitsme your-username your-password" #imgurians ircnetIf you are set as an operator in any of tard's channels, use the following line instead of the first:
/channel add -auto -bots "*!firstname.lastname@example.org" -botcmd "^msg $0 heyitsme your-username your-password;^msg $0 op your-password" #imgurians ircnetThe
-autoflag means that the channel will be added to your autojoin list, meaning that irssi tries to join #imgurians as soon as it connects to ircnet. You can leave it off if you prefer joining the channel by hand but still want to automatically authenticate with tard when you do.
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These are only guidelines, if you were given +o, we trust your discretion in making decisions, but if you contradict this directly expect some backlash from other chan-ops.
"FUCK X political or economic policy" → okay "FUCK X user in this channel" → not okay
If a user is still being a problem in PMs (which we have no control over), after the user has been banned from all the channels you're in, we recommend changing your nick so they can no longer find you. You can also use /ignore in most clients to not see messages they send (see your client documentation for specific syntax). Anyone who is not an OP should bring any concerns to the attention of an active channel OP. If someone annoyed you in PM, we will consider banning them, but please give us logs so we know the nature of the problem. The OPs are your friends, no matter your position in the channel if you have a problem the channel has a problem, and we'd like to fix it. The OPs will try to be empathetic, but of course they will have their own view as well.
If you have any questions regarding IRC or the content on this site, or notice something is wrong or outdated feel free to ask on the channel or send a mail to Moritz.
Last update: $Date: 2013/12/18 21:05:44 $