Welcome to #opennic - the IRC OpenNIC Lounge

OpenNIC support

If you come to #opennic for support, just ask your question (the smart way), but please remember that not everyone seemingly "present" in the channel may be actively paying attention: they may be at work or they may be asleep. Ask anyway, or make a suggestion! Don't run away if you don't get an immediate reply, people may be busy or on the phone and get back to you later: give us some time.

When are the OpenNIC principals online?

Please note that those of us who have active roles in OpenNIC have lives outside of OpenNIC, and may not always be present at times indicated, or may be online at other times. Also, some of us idle on the channel, so just because you see our nicks doesn't necessary mean we're around. Best way to get our attention is to just send a message with the nick at the start of your line. For example:
brianko: you around?

Tentative online schedule
  • BrianKoontz (freenode nick: brianko) Usually 1500-2300 GMT
  • JulianDeMarchi (freenode nick: [julian]) Usually 2200-0600 GMT
  • JeffTaylor (freenode nick: Shdwdrgn or shdw_work) Usually 1500-2300 GMT
  • AlexHanselka (freenode nick: purrdeta) Usually at random times

IRC guide

If you need help with using IRC, there are several online sites to assist, let Google be your guide. Here's one that seems to cover the basics fairly well.

What if I don't do IRC?

If you need help and don't want or don't know how to use IRC, you can subscribe to the various OpenNIC mailing lists to find support.

An IRC channel is available on Freenode.net for discussing OpenNIC, support..... and idling.

How to connect to #opennic

  1. Point your favorite IRC client to: irc.freenode.net
    or check the list of freenode servers.
  2. Join the #opennic channel

About Freenode

Freenode is a service of Peer-Directed Projects Center, a non-profit organization. Freenode hosts the OpenNIC IRC channel, along with hundreds of other channels and is the main IRC infrastructure for opensource development projects.

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IRC Help

See below for:

Getting an IRC client

Security Warning: Some old and unmaintained clients are known for suffering of many threats, eg: some allowing remote access to your computer. To avoid such problems, prefer well known and maintained clients, like X-Chat which is available for any UNIX-like and Windows OS, or irssi for *nix.

NOTE: The legality of the "shareware" release of X-Chat (which is GPL) is being hotly debated; at least the free distributions are legal. The "SilvereX" distribution seems to be the most used (and I use it myself); it supports plugins, too. More links to free versions here: http://forum.xchat.org/viewtopic.php?t=597 --JavaWoman

Mac OS X
NOTE: Any open source client running under *nix can normally be installed under Mac OS X. See the Fink Project for more info.



What is IRC and getting (more) help

Registering your IRC nickname

Your nick is how people on freenode know you. If you register it, you'll be able to use the same nick over and over. If you don't register, someone else may end up registering the nick you want. So, make sure you register your nickname with NickServ; see the registration instructions. (Make sure you remember the password you choose!) It helps, of course, if your nickname on Freenode.net is the same as your Wikka username, but that is not required. You can only receive left messages (see below) if you have registered your nick.

Here's a very good FAQ about IRC Nicknames: IRC CHAT- Nicknames (dead link)

Leaving messages

The Freenode.net servers also provide a neat and useful service: we can leave messages for each other! That's very useful for a group like us with members around the globe, living and working in different timezones. This service is known as MemoServ.

For starters, make sure you register your nickname with NickServ - see above. In theory, you can leave a message for a channel, but in practice, most people can only leave a message for another person - and you have to know that person's registered nickname; if the intended recipient logs on with a different nickname, (s)he won't see the message.

You will only receive a notification you have a message intended for you (your registered nick) when you log on when you have your NOTIFY on (it seems to be on by default when you join Freenode.net). Leaving and reading messages is quite simple, and you can get instructions by typing
/msg MemoServ help
and follow further instructions from there. To make things a little simpler to learn, I've summarized the help info for MemoServ on a separate page.

Chat Bots

The following commands can be issued on the #opennic channel to perform various functions:
Command Meaning Example
ow# OpenNIC Wiki ow#Tier2
xkcd# xkcd cartoon site xkcd#979
bofh# ? ?
deb# ? ?
xiph# ? ?
mapgic# ? ?
yt# YouTube link ?

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