The LUG has an IRC channel which everyone (especially members) is welcome to join.
Network: Blitzed - irc.blitzed.org (but use irc.lug.org.uk if you are in UK - same network but shows support for your LUG server and ensures you don't end up connected via Timbuktu!)
Channel: #hants - for Linux or computing based chat
Chat via web: http://www.blitzed.org/java/chat.phtml?chan=hants
Some regular members in the channel are:
Dee - DeanEarley
Antony - AntonySeedhouse
thomas_adam - ThomasAdam
Rickeh - RichardGellman
rph, rph6, rphwrk - TomBragg
popey, pontifex - AlanPope
dark(er)satanic, darkling - HugoMills
glen - GlenSearle
dgr - DavidRamsden
- Scimmy - Andy Watts
kabads - AdamCripps
tony, tonytiger - TonyWhitmore
bob-lad, bob_lad - RobSmith
blueGremlin,workgremlin - NeilFerguson
aptanet - PaulTansom
mauve - DanPope
- Wicket - IRC kittie
Jezster - JeremyWard
Nickw - NickWarne
CieD - CiemonDunville
delphi - RichardMace
Hacknslash - IanBrazier
Wyvern, Gargoyle - AdrianBridgett
grifferz - AndySmith
chris99 - ChrisDennis
arandom - AndyRandom
JohnRobert - JohnHunt
And not forgetting, of course, the infamous CricketBat.
Observing proper ChatTiquette can stop you from irritating the IRC regulars.
I can't get into the channel
There can be several reasons. If you see something like this:
#hants You need to identify to a registered nick to join that channel.
then it means you need a registered nickname. You can find out how to get one of those by having a read of http://wiki.blitzed.org/New_users which is also handy if you have never used IRC before.
Unfortunately, channels on public IRC networks are often bothered by automated pests such as spambots and trojans, as well as some of the more annoying people who cycle through every channel looking for "warez". Temporarily (or permanently) setting the channel to require a registered nickname removes much of this problem.
If that doesn't help, you could try to get into #linux to ask for more help. If it's specifically about IRC then go to #help to talk to the IRC network's helpers.
Shorthand for http://joke.popey.com, formerly known as http://www.popey.com/joke.jpg or wpc/j. Used to indicate that someone thought the previous joke was particularly bad. See also tpc for jokes that are too bad even to merit a jpc. Other popular variants are hpc and dpc.
Who is Wicket, and why is she behaving like a cat?
Wicket is a bot. She's a sabre-toothed kitten, and as a result is quite large, and potentially dangerous. Her main function is to eat spammers and flooders, and to give an easy method for ops to kick/ban people. Rules for keeping on Wicket's good side:
- Don't /msg her (unless you're an op).
- When you first join the channel, make sure you say something before posting a URL.
- Don't flood.
- Don't bounce in and out of the channel without saying something in between.
Why is she called Wicket?
She was originally going to be a cricket bot – to hit spammers with. After some discussion, she became the sabre-toothed kitten we all know and love. She used to keep an eye on the current cricket scores, too, but doesn't at present.
What is piespy, and is it spying on me?
piespy is a bot which draws social networks based on who is talking to who at the moment. It doesn't do anything except automatically watch channel conversation. It doesn't log anything and has no interactive features.
If you want piespy in other channels then just ask grifferz (AndySmith).
What is find?
find is a "dgbot" written by David Leadbeater, and is popular on the IRC network that the LUG channels are on. It has many and varied features, some of which can be learned by reading what passes as documentation. Many of its documented features do not work however. Its main uses are:
URL shortening and URL content caching (URLs you say end up cached on http://url.blitzed.eu.org/)
- IRC interface to Google
- Nick tracking (!seen)
- Unit conversion
find can be brought into other channels by /invite and can be told to stay out with /kick.
Why should I register my nickname?
It is totally optional but there are a number of benefits:
- People will know it's really you as only you will be able to use that nickname.
You can get automatic ops in channels (not will; without a registered nick you can't be on a channel access list).
- You will get some use out of the IRC network's services.
You will be able to get in should the channel be temporarily set to require registered nicknames - Note: recently the channel has been operating in this mode most of the time so having a registered nick is pretty much required for access.