User modes for the major networks

partial update Mar 5, 2005

By Apatrix (EFnet,IRCnet) with contributions from Toyota (EFnet), prysm (EFnet), Dakal (DALnet), MHz (EFnet,DALnet), Jupiter (EFnet), jilles (EFnet), and others

Looking for information on channel modes instead? The ones which are common to all networks are explained in the IRC Tutorial and the New IRC Channel Operator’s Guide.

It’s been a long time since there was a single type of server used by all servers. Since then, the various networks have all continued to develop their own independently of the others. User modes are one of the things affected by this. The most standard (i, o and w) have the same function on all networks. Each network has also added a set of modes unique to that particular network. This also goes for smaller networks which usually base their ircds on one of those used by the major networks but often diverge and add modes of their own or change the behaviour of existing ones.

These user modes are supported by the server versions current as of the date shown below. Older versions may be missing one or two modes or have a different implementation for some. User modes which may be set only by IRC operators are marked with an asterisk. Others will let themselves be set by all users but will return very little information for a non-IRC operator.

The list is based on the following versions which were current as of the date above:

EFnet: hybrid or ratbox

IRCnet: 2.10.3

DALnet: bahamut 1.4.3

Undernet: u2.10.10


Note that DALnet has their own help guide for DALnet channel and user modes.

Overview of user modes for the major IRC networks

Mode

EFnet

IRCnet

DALnet

Undernet

a

b

c

d

* Do not receive messages directed at the channel

e

n/a

n/a

f

g

“Caller ID” message blocking

n/a

Receive “globops” notices from servers, Services and operators

Receive “HACK” wallops

h

n/a

n/a

i

Invisibility to /WHO and /NAMES scans unless performed by a user on the same channel

k

Receive KILL notices

Special mode for channel service bots

l

n/a

n/a

m

n/a

n/a

n

Receive routing notices

n/a

o

Indicates active IRC operator status

r

Monitor client rejection notices

n/a

s

Receive server notices

u

n/a

n/a

w

Receive server and operator wallops

x

n/a

n/a

y

* n/a

z

n/a

n/a

A

n/a

n/a

C

n/a

n/a

O

n/a

R

n/a

Receive /msg only from registered users to deter spam

n/a

Z

n/a

n/a


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