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Here is a VERY short glossary of the jargons used on irc.radio1.org
- Lag is the term used to describe
the time delay occasionally seen between one server and another.
If an user in Australia types "Hello"
into the window on his computer and presses return, the message
immediately passes from server to server in a relay fashion until
eventually all the servers receive the message, and his friend in
the United Kingdom sees it. This usually takes around a second or
two, but occasionally it can pass into an overcrowded server and
the information gets held up. The effect of the lag is that it takes
a while longer for the message to be sent - in extreme cases, the
lag can be as long as 10 minutes (there is no upper limit of the
lag time) - to his friend in the UK to see it. It then takes just
as long to reply and the conservation ends up taking too long amd
Changing an IRC server can help to alleviate the problem to either
one of you. If you are chatting privately, you could /dcc chat «user»
for a direct link to that user. Lag is caused by too many people
connecting to a server which cannot handle so many users.
- To test the lag on the server YOU are on (only work with some
IRC software), type:
- To test the lag of your friend, type:
/ctcp ping «user»
and the ping time will be displayed as soon as the ping comes
back. The pings are CTCP commands and
other CTCP commands can be found here.
- Gives you a "+" symbol or a yellow
bubble. It means "Voice" and it allows you to speak in a channel
that is moderated. A moderated channel is when only Voice and Ops
may speak, and those without cannot chat in the channel. Moderated
channels happens because a lamer may be unbannable so he/she remains
unvoiced and thus, cannot speak. Another common reason is when there
is a lot of people in the channel and it is difficult for an user
to get their say on something. In this case, ofer only one or two
is voiced for a limited time.
- Operator (known as Op or Host)
- A channel operator or host is an
user who controls the channel. He/She will have exlcusive powers
to decide the running of the channel, such as kicking an user out
of the channel, perhaps setting a topic for the channel and so on.
The operator also sets an example to the users of that channel (ahem).
Sometimes there is more than one channel operator - they may have
the same power or one of them is superior - for more information
go to Operator Ranks.
An user can be an Op if he/she was
the first one to join a channel - however, if the channel already
have a founder, it is likely that user will lose the Operator status
unless he/she is on the Operator list, courstey of ChanServ
- A Server
is a remote computer which is networked with all the other servers
to form a large IRC network, eg, IRCtoo. When you are connected
on IRC, you'll be linked to a server which will relay your messages/send
you messages to/from other servers where other users are connected
to. A server may be located in Europe, Australia or USA or wherever,
it will not affect your effects on your phone bill or response time.
When you are on the IRC, is it very likely that you have already
dialled into your ISP at local call rates and it is your ISP which
will connect to a server for you. The difference in response is
tiny since it is networked to all other servers around the globe.
Lags are caused by excess number of
people connecting to a server and the best way to improve response
time is to simply change servers by typing this:
then one of the following server names:)
irc.radio1.org | irc.zone.dk | irc.canadian.net
- A NetSplit occurs when a server
starts to fall behind other servers in the DALnet network in terms
of relaying messages, this is lag. However, this can gets so serious,
a server may start to lose "sync" (or timing) with other servers
and breaks connection and that server will then be separated. At
this point, a netsplit occurs and you may see one or an entire chatroom
of users disppearing. If you see an entire chatroom of people vanished
into thin air, make sure you didn't farted. ;^) Actually, I'd advise
you to change servers (see above).
To understand a netsplit, think of
You got two islands (servers), connected
to each other by means of a bridge. Little blue Smurfs uses the
bridge to communicate with each other. One day, the bridge starts
to weakens, restricting the number of the little Smurfs or loads
that can be carried at any one time (lag). But the bridge deteriorates
further with use (more lag) and eventually the bridge collaspes
(netsplit). At this point, the poor sods cannot communicate with
each other, nor even see each other's blue faces and white, "udder"
style hats (people disppears on irc.radio1.org). It takes a while to repair
the bridge and eventually the bridge is reconstructed (server rejoins
the network) and the happy sods can now see each other (people mass
joins a channel) but the bridge is still new and fairly weak, so
only a limited number of Smurfs may get accross. (At this point,
you cannot seem to speak to them even though they are there and
you may experience severe lags, see above). Finally, the bridge
is restored and the happy sods can now communicate between the islands
(servers) until another collaspe (netsplit).
- K-Line or AKILL
- Extremes of behaviour or actions
committed by an user which adversely affects IRC and its services
could be killed off IRC or in severe cases, k-lined, that is, banned
from the server for a period.
Only IRCops and Admins have the priviledge to kill/k-line/akill
a person if he/she sees fit. When the command k-line is used, the
offending user will be killed off that IRC server (in the case of
AKILL, banned from an IRC Network for a given time). That user will
not be able to connect to that server networked to that network
since that offending user is banned until the set time has been
reached. Likewise, in an AKILL, he won't be able to connect
to ANY of that network's servers.
- If you have a complaint about an
user, the best way to deal with it is to seek advice from an IRCop
and inform him/her of that user's actions and provide and evidence
of such adverse behaviour. However, I would recommend typing:
/IGNORE <user> ALL
However, if he/she is persistance, then you should go back to that
IRCop and explain what you have done and how that offending user
continued to cause offence.
An IRCop is "like" a copper, hence
the "Cop" bit. He/She is like an operator of IRC and help to maintain
order and control throughout an IRC network. He/she gives advice
on running a channel, how to handle an offending user, and just
about any apsect of IRC. IRCops also have the privilledge of removing
an user if he/she think that this user is causing harm to IRC. K-line
is explained above.
However, IRCops are not the most senior people on IRC; Admins
are and they are usually in charge of a server running on that
Network, for example, IRCop "Fraggle" is an IRC Administrator
on IRCtoo since that IRCop is in charge of running the server