ircII help - etiquette


Authors: Lea Viljanen (LadyBug)

              Ari Husa (luru)

Modified by: Troy Rollo (Troy)

1) Language

   The most widely understood and spoken language on IRC is English.

However! As IRC is used in many different countries, English is by

no means the only language. If you want to speak some other language

than English (for example with your friends), go to a separate channel

and set the topic (with /topic) to indicate that. For example

   /topic Finnish only!

would mean that this channel would be reserved for Finnish discussion.

On the other hand, you should check the topic (with /list command)

before you move to a channel to see if there are any restrictions about


   On a channel not restricted by /topic, please speak a language

everybody can understand. If you want to do otherwise, change channels

and set the topic accordingly.

2) Hello/Goodbye

   It's not necessary to greet everybody on a channel personally.

Usually one "Hello" or equivalent is enough. And don't expect everybody

to greet you back. On a channel with 20 people that would mean one

screenful of hellos. It's sensible not to greet, in order not to be rude

to the rest of the channel. If you must say hello to somebody you know,

do it with a private /msg. The same applies to goodbyes.

   Also note that using IRCII's /on facility to automatically say hello

or goodbye to people is extremely poor etiquette. Nobody wants to receive

autogreets. They are not only obviously automatic, but even if you think

you are being polite you are actually sounding insincere and also

interfering with the personal environment of the recipient when using

autogreets. If somebody wants to be autogreeted on joining a channel,

they will autogreet themselves.

3) Discussion

   When you come to a new channel it's advised you to listen

for a while to get an impression of what's discussed. Please feel free

to join in, but do not try to force your topic into the discussion

if that doesn't come naturally.

4) }{|`~][\@^

   IRC has quite a lot of people from Scandinavian countries,

the above characters are letters in their alphabet. This

has been explained on IRC about a thousand and one times, so

read the following, do not ask it on IRC:

   { is an A with 2 dots over it ()

   } is an A with a small circle above it ()

   | is either an O with 2 dots over it or an O with a dash (/)

         through it (either or )

   ` is an e with an accent over it ()

   ~ is an u with 2 dots over it ()

   [, ], \, @ and ^ are the preceding five letters in upper case.

Of course (I'm being ironical here), the both the french and the

german mappings are DIFFERENT.


   Remember, people on IRC form their opinions about you only by

your actions, writings and comments on IRC. So think before you type.

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