The alt.irc IFAQ

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Questions in the IFAQ:

1) What is an IFAQ

[2) Since this isn’t an IRC FAQ, what are some IRC FAQs and where are

they?](http:ifaq.html#2)

3) Is IFAQ like IPHONE? What is IPHONE?

4) Is IFAQ like IBOT? What is IBOT?

[ 5) How do I find users if I know their names, but not their

email?](http:ifaq.html#5)

[6) Why don’t people on IRC talk to me? Do they hate

me?](http:ifaq.html#6)

[7). How can I get my own server? Do I have to run

UNIX?](http:ifaq.html#7)

[8) What happens to people who heckle and flame alt.irc

regulars?](http:ifaq.html#8)

[9) What should I know about International Law before using

IRC?](http:ifaq.html#9)

10) How can I become an IRC COP?

[11) How can I become an IRC Server Operator, then,

smartass?](http:ifaq.html#11)

12) How do I earn someone’s trust?

13) How can I link my server to a real IRCnet?

[14) What is a script? How can I get one? Do I need one? What is Phoenix?

What is PeniX?](http:ifaq.html#14)

15) How can I get rid of a ghost?

[16) What are those numbers in the realname

information?](http:ifaq.html#16)

[17) How can I see if someone is idle without them knowing? See their away

message? Identify a ghost?](http:ifaq.html#17)

[18) How can I see what servers are between me and my

friend?](http:ifaq.html#18)

19) Where can I find lists of irc servers?

20) How can I see how the IRC network is organized?

21) Who are the EBOAI?

[22)How do I make netsplits, hack channels, and

eavesdrop?](http:ifaq.html#22)

[23) What are some good web sites for IRC information not answered in this

wonderful, helpful FAQ?](http:ifaq.html#23)

[24) How can I get a server to make me chanop

automatically?](http:ifaq.html#24)

25) What’s the best IRCnet?

[26) What information propagates (rebroadcasts) when the net rejoins after

a netsplit](http:ifaq.html#26)

1) What is an IFAQ?

IFAQ stands for Inordinately Frequently Asked Questions. This covers important and frequently asked questions to alt.irc that are not addressed by the Undernet FAQ or the alt.irc FAQ.

2) You mentioned FAQs. There really is an irc FAQ? How come I never see it posted here?

There are, in faq, three FAQs: The alt.irc FAQ, the undernet FAQ, and the alt.irc IFAQ. I'm told there will be DALnet FAQ at some point, but even though I've read drafts that were pretty good, they still haven't bothered to finish and release it. The alt.irc FAQ is posted twice a month to this newsgroup. The undernet FAQ is posted every other week to this newsgroup. The IFAQ is never posted at all. Oh, okay, fine, so it was posted _this_ time, but that means nothing. Well, almost nothing. And you don't want me to tell you why I think you've never seen the other FAQs; howver, if you want to find them, ftp to the [](ftp://rtfm.mit.edu/pub/usenet/alt.irc)USENET FAQ archive at MIT

3) Does it have anything to do with IPhone?

No, it does not. If you want information on IPhone, a program similar to internet "talk" and BITNET "phone" (only with voice and for Windows only), that information is available through Vocaltech, either by [web site ](http://www.vocaltec.com/)or [ftp site.](ftp://ftp.vocaltec.com/) Questions about IPhone are not encouraged in this newsgroup and won't be until IPhone becomes compatible with IRC.

4) Okay, it doesn’t have to do with IPhone, how about IBot? Does it have anything to do with that?

 Again, no. IBot is a channel bot on #I called I. It rebroadcasts any messages sent to it to #I and to a web site. It is considered generally annoying and this faq is considered (at least by the authors) as generally helpful. 

5 ) If I want to find a user who isn’t on irc but I know their username and approximate geographic location, how can I find their email address.

There are several ways to go about this, some involving irc, some not. 

IRC ways:

Gopher - Internet White Pages search WWW - Switchboard Yahoo! People

6) If someone on irc doesn’t answer me, does that mean they are mad at me?

It may mean that, but more likely it means that they are 

14) A lot people have these really nifty scripts? Do I need one? What do they do? People tell me to get PeniX and Phoenix? Should I?

 There are a great many irc scripts out there for all platforms and in all sizes and colours. They do not all do what they claim to and they are not all benign, bug-free scripts. The rule of thumb is try before you buy. Read through the script and try to understand what it does. For help understanding IRCII scripts, read the [ircII help files](ftp://cs-pub.bu.edu/pub/irc/clients) available for ftp. For help understanding MIRC scripts read the help file included with MIRC.   

You don’t need a script, although some scripts make long tasks much simpler. The best script might be a simple one with a few aliases to limit the amount of typing you need to do. A script can do anything a user can do. Its only advantages are that it can allow you to perform “remotes” or automated commands and allow you to perform tasks more quickly.

Phoenix is an example of a script that is top heavy, CPU intensive and generally pretty worthless. There are repeated commands and remaps in the script which merely adds to the overall worthlessness. Of what value is it to map an alias to do different means when one meaning overwrites the other. In general you could strip out 90% of it and not notice the difference. The coder is a nice guy, but not a great coder. Dreamscript is Phoenix with all the includes and none of the code. PeniX is a vapourware script by Ron Ritzman combining the best features of EDWARBOT, WARUNGB0T, BOTSKEL and Phoenix and is available for IRCII and MIRC clients on the EBOAI hackers site.

15) If there is a client on irc that belongs to me, but I can’t seem to get to it, how do I get rid of it?

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20) How can I see how the IRC network is organized?

 The IRC topology how the IRC network servers are connected to each other. This should follow (but doesn't always) the underlying network topology. When you evaluate server connectivity, take into account the underlying network.  

To view topology at a server level (undernet based code only - this includes DALnet, gammanet and any undernet based IRC server code) use the command “map”. Remember this is a SERVER based command, not a client one, so you may need to use the quote character of your IRC server in order to send the command.

To view topology at a client level (IRCII clients only) use Daemon’s IMAP script.

To load imap type:

/load imap

To generate the imap type:

/initmap [domain]

/gomap [server]

The DALnet site

The Undernet site

24) How can I get auto-oped on a channel like I see other people do?

DALnet - The person is a registered channel owner. Register a channel and this could happen to you too. Undernet/EFnet - The person joined the channel during a server split and recreated the channel. The TS servers (on nets and servers where TS in enabled) should unop the intruder and some people have scripts that will do the same thing. 

25) These multiple networks are confusing. What’s the best IRCnet for me?

 I hate questions like this. The short answer: the best network for you is where your friends are. Barring that, 

or

TimeStamp) only the correctly stamped modes are valid

Oper mode message in the whois information (blah is an IRC operator) propagate

The names of the channels you are on propagate

Away messages do not (except on DALnet)

Idle times do not

Channel topics do not (except on DALnet)

A note on +k (key) propagation. Dueling keys do not propagate. If the channel has one key and during a split, someone creates another key, when the net rejoins half the net will have one key and the other half will have the other. This will continue until one person sets a key on the channel overriding both existing keys. (No, I have never personally tested to see how many keys I could stack on a channel.)

If you see a need for additional questions, don’t hesitate to send mail to me. I’m M.D. Yesowitch the official EBOAI IFAQ maintainer.

For more information on the EBOAI, you are encouraged to visit the: EBOAI homepage and the CrackEBOAI homepage.


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