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IRC and #calcgames

Why should I bother with IRC anyway?
How do I get started with IRC?
Where is a good place to learn about IRC functions?
Are there any bots in the channel?
What do all these "modes" mean?
Do you have to talk about calculators on #calcgames?

Why should I bother with IRC anyway?
Answer:
Because IRC is a place for those in the community to just hang out and chat in real time. And don't worry, these channels are nothing like the "chat rooms" that AOL and other people have. You can mingle with both experienced programmers and with those who run the websites you see today. Go ahead and get a client and check it out, you'll enjoy it.
FAQ entry #57 answered by allynfolksjr 14 May 2005

How do I get started with IRC?
Answer:
Please read our tutorial here.
FAQ entry #28 answered by Barrett 17 Jan 2005

Where is a good place to learn about IRC functions?
Answer:
http://irchelp.org/
FAQ entry #26 answered by Barrett 17 Jan 2005
modified by Barrett 19 Jan 2005

Are there any bots in the channel?
Answer:

We have some eggdrop bots, which handle normal channel operations. They are (or some slight variation hereof): Also, we have utility bots: Click on each bot's name for a more detailed description.
FAQ entry #40 answered by Barrett 30 Jan 2005
modified by Andy 29 Jan 2006

What do all these "modes" mean?
Answer:
While in the channel, you might see a lot of lines of the form "* <user> sets mode: <something>", and you might be wondering what that means.
You're in luck. Here's a brief explanation of the various modes. All modes can either be set +mode or -mode. +mode activates the mode while -mode deactivates it. In general, removing the mode does the exact opposite of setting it. Some modes take parameters (like a user or a hostname), while others do not. You can also have up to 4 modes on one line. This is all explained below.
  • v <user>: Gives a user a voice. This allows them to speak if the channel is set +m (see below).
  • o <user>: Gives user channel operator status. This allows them to set other modes on the channel and speak if the channel is set +m (see below).
  • m: Moderates the channel. Anyone not banned (+b, see below) can join, but only users +o or +v (above) may speak.
  • n: No outside messages. Everyone must join the channel to send a message to it (this mode is always set).
  • t: Only ops (+o above) can change the topic (this mode is always set).
  • p: Private. Doesn't show the channel in all the places spammers get it from, so we get less spam.
  • s: Secret. Hides the channel from even more places than private (+p above). We'll normally use +p in place of +s.
  • i: Invite only. An op (+o above) must invite a user so they can join the channel. We'll probably never use this.
  • b <hostmask>: Bans the given hostmask from the channel. They cannot join the channel or speak if they are already present (but the bots will kick them once they are banned). It is beyond the scope of this FAQ to explain hostmasks.
  • e <hostmask>: Exemption from ban. People matching this hostmask are not subject to a ban on a broader hostmask. We'll rarely use this.
  • k <key>: Sets a key, or password, on the channel, which must be used to be able to join. We probably won't ever use this either.
  • l <number>: Sets the maximum number of users on the channel. This is another mode we probably won't use.

FAQ entry #46 answered by Andy 14 Mar 2005
modified by Andy 5 Sep 2005

Do you have to talk about calculators on #calcgames?
Answer:
Yes, we're serious people like that. No, not really, actually, we usually talk about seemingly random topics, ranging from Linux, Current Events, CalcGames.org itself, Cameras, or whatever else comes up.
FAQ entry #66 answered by allynfolksjr 14 Aug 2005

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