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IRC Guidelines

Postby Faye Laramie » Wed Oct 31, 2007 7:28 pm

Hi all, these are the new HOL IRC Guidelines, effective immediately.

These guidelines are not longer, just reorganised and explained in further detail.

Happy chatting! See you on IRC! B)

by Leah Samson, Head Girl Emerita

The following are guidelines for #hol, #quidditch, #grandstand and other HOL-related channels (for a more comprehensive list, please check this link in the Handbook).

HOL is not responsible for any conversation outside these channels.

  1. Use a variant of your HOL name as your only nickname when you first begin chatting. Offer it freely when asked by the channel operators.
  2. English is the official language of the HOL chats.
  3. Do not use netspeak.
  4. Do not spam channels.
  5. Do not share any personal information--your name, phone number, address, school or town. Countries and states are fine.
  6. The HOL chatrooms also include members in the 9-12 age group--keep your content tasteful and appropriate.
  7. Links must be approved by a channel operator before they are shared. Do not advertise private channels in public chats.

Expanded Guidelines:

  1. Your HOL name

    When you first join the HOL Chatrooms, you will often be prompted for your HOL name usually by a person with an @ next to their name (this is a channel operator, or simply an "op"). Offer it freely and without hassle -- it is an ordinary step in a procedure to get to know you better.

    For the first few weeks on IRC, please use a variant of your HOL name as your ONLY nickname. If you do not, you'll constantly have to supply us with your HOL name, and this is rather bothersome for all parties.

  2. English

    Although HOL is an international community and we celebrate our cultural diversity, the official language of the HOL channels is ENGLISH. You may have conversations in other languages in a private chatroom or in person-to-person chat. There are two reasons for this rule:

    1. You alienate other chatroom members.
    2. The channel operators do not comprehend the content of the discussion, which could steer into inappropriate territory.

  3. Netspeak

    Netspeak is the shortening of words and replacing of letters to (supposedly) make the typing process shorter. For instance, "u hav 2 go c it!" is interpreted as "you have to go see it!"

    As aforementioned, a large percentage of HOL'ers do not speak English as their first language, and netspeak would make it difficult for them to follow. Even for native English speakers, netspeak is also unsightly, inane and annoying. You will also be notified for constant misspellings of words, which are not mere typos after three or four times (l-i-e-k for like, for instance).

    Netspeak should not be confused with INITIALISMS, which are common abbreviations, such as: BRB (be right back), GTG (got to go), LOL (laughing out loud), BBS/BBL (be back soon, be back later), AFK (away from keyboard) and so on.

  4. Spam

    Spam is the consistent use of meaningless characters, letters and words, strung together with no real purpose. Some examples are, but are not limited to: a string of random characters (AERWK@#:l!), excessive exclamation marks (!!!!!!!!!!!!!), repeating the same word or line over and over again (badger badger badger badger badger badger), and pasting a large amount of irrelevant text (example omitted for obvious reasons).

    Autoresponders, oversaturated enders and other kinds of similar remotes are also considered spam.

  5. Privacy and Security

    The HOL chatrooms also follows the general HOL guidelines in regards to personal information. You may not share your full name, address, telephone number, school or town. This is for your OWN SAFETY, and people are particularly vulnerable on IRC since it can easily slip out. States and countries are fair game.

  6. Appropriate Content

    The main HOL website, according to the ICRA, is labelled:
    • No nudity
    • No sexual material
    • No violence
    • Mild expletives
    • No potentially harmful activities
    • User-generated content such as chat rooms and message boards (moderated)
    • This material appears in an educational context

    The 6th point, user-generated content -- such as what you say in a chatroom -- will be monitored (which it is), but the chatrooms should conform with the spirit and the appropriateness of the main HOL website. What this means: no explicit talk of s.e.x, gambling, drug use, alcohol, violence, or any other harmful activities. We are also tolerant of all races, ethnicities, religions, and sexual orientations, so any bashing of such groups or individuals' beliefs is DISALLOWED.

    As mentioned, profanity is not appropriate in public HOL channels, but as HOL adopts a cosmopolitan view, it is impossible to name a list of words that are considered "profane." For similar reasons, informal language (slang) is also discouraged. Keep in mind that HOL also includes younger children as well as non-native English speakers and use suitable judgement.

    We also request that highly controversial topics (in politics and religion) be discussed outside of HOL channels.

    The use of explicit innuendos or otherwise inappropriate implications as stated by this handbook is also not tolerated.

  7. URLs and Private Channels

    URLs may not be shared in public HOL channels until they are approved by an operator for content. You may P2P an operator with the request for approval.

    Private channels should not be advertised in public chat -- you may ask members to P2P you and vice versa for the channel name. This is because channel operators are not responsible for the conversation in a private chat.

Other notes:

  • The channel operators exist to maintain a safe, friendly environment in the chatrooms, adhering to the guidelines above (no netspeak, spam, languages other than English, inappropriate content, etc). Please keep this in mind and remain cordial when they speak to you.
  • The channel would cease to be a "friendly" environment if everyone were constantly reminding newcomers of the rules. Leave that to the operators--if you see something go unnoticed, or if something makes you uncomfortable, feel free to contact the ops in a p2p chat.
  • If you do not agree with an action an operator has taken, p2p them. It is poor taste to strike an argument in the public channel. If the operator does not respond and explain his or her reasoning, contact another operator. If you still fail to receive a response, contact your house authorities.

If you do not follow these guidelines:

  • First infraction, you are issued a warning
  • Second infraction, you are kicked from the room and lose 5 points
  • Third infraction, you are banned from the room and lose a further 10 points
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Postby Prof. Tarma Amelia Black » Fri Feb 15, 2008 10:52 pm

This is a reminder to people who go to IRC - remember to register your nick! Also, your HOL office has a place where you can put all the names by which you are known at IRC. Please use it.

Register your nick and put it to 'enforce'. This will 1) let folks know you are who you say you are and 2) keep others from using 'your' nick.

This is how it's done:

To register your name, be using the name that you want to register.

Type this command:

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/ns register password email

In the place of "password", put a password that you will remember and someone else wouldn't easily guess. In place of "email", put your email. Be sure to use your real email address, you will be getting a verification email that will give you more instructions to complete the registration process.

From then on, every time you sign onto IRC, and every time you switch from one nick to another, you will need to type:

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/ns identify password

Another step in the process of making sure no one uses your nick is this:

When you are online and have signed in, type:

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/ns set enforce on

While this is not strictly necessary, this will ensure that whoever attempts to use your nick will have to log in. If they don't provide the password, they will be changed to another nick.

For more complete instructions, and to read a lot of other nifty things that you can do, read HOL Chatrooms.

As it says in the HOL IRC Guidelines:
All students and Professors are STRONGLY encouraged to register their nick and use the identify command every time they log on. This prevents others to use your nick, or even to impersonate you - to pretend to be you and act in your name. Impersonation, especially of Prefects, Head Students and Professors, is considered serious misbehaviour in all HOL channels and will lead to a loss of house points; in severe cases, to expulsion.
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Postby Prof. Tarma Amelia Black » Sun Feb 24, 2008 7:51 pm

Hi everyone!

As you can see above, in the first post of this topic, you are requested to use your HOL name when first coming to any HOL channels.

After that, we know that it is fun to use different nicks. However, if you want someone to know who you are, in case they use the 'Info' or 'Whosis' button, put your HOL name in the place where it says 'Full Name' in the Options when you are first signing into IRC.

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Full Name:
Email Address:

If you want to be recognized (your HOL name) then have that identity in your options. There is no requirement for anyone not an OP to do that -- but if someone doesn't know who you are, and you don't have that available... well... you know now how to fix it.
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Postby Prof. Zoki Phantom » Tue Aug 07, 2012 9:33 am


As it is a newbie season, I would like to remind y'all about our IRC Guidelines above. Please let the ops deal with any situations and, as stated above, if you're not pleased with something then p2p that op and tell them, no need to make public drama. The op decisions are final and you are to fully respect them. If you have any issues with a certain op, then please bring it up to a member of the Chat OPs Committee (Kyrie, Missa, Tarma or me).

We know many of you would like to go out of your way and help the new members, but when one is to be warned about something, please leave it to the channel ops to deal with it. Doing otherwise won't make you gain credit in the Chat OPs Committee's eyes - in fact, you will lose credit as you're obviously not following the rules.

And last but not least, the main purpose of this site is to have fun, so let's try to do and stay out of trouble! :)
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Re: Irc Guidelines

Postby Prof. Dario Brighton » Wed Aug 02, 2017 3:21 am

The posts above have been updated to reflect new rules. Please make sure to go through them.

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