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- Always read the channel topic, all of the links contained in it, and follow its directions.
- Lurk in a channel for a while before speaking. This will allow you to get a sense of the channel culture and mores.
- Mentioning someone in a conversation will highlight/ping them. If you do this too often without good reason, you may bug the person you’re pinging.
- IRC is both real-time and asynchronous. Many people remain logged in even if they are away from their computer. Therefore, if you ask a question or ping someone, please be patient for a response. It may take them several hours (or longer) to come back online.
- It’s bad form to dump large amounts of text (such as logs or error messages) into the channel. Instead, use a pastebin, a gist, or some other method of linking to your long text.
- If you have a question, simply ask it. There’s no need to ask for permission to ask.
- Sending a private message to someone without first asking for their permission is creepy.
- It can be tempting to put a
@ or another prefix before someone’s name when pinging them (as for other chat systems), but this shouldn’t be done on IRC.
- Pinging someone without saying something after their name is called a “naked ping.” These can really bug people, so use them sparingly (if at all).
- Use complete sentences and fully spell out words rather than use txt-speak.
- ALL CAPS IS CONSIDERED SHOUTING. PLEASE KEEP IT TO A MINIMUM.
- If you are going away but staying connected to the channel, use the
/away command rather than changing your nick to reflect that you’re away.
- IRC supports colored text. It irritates most people. Please don’t use it.