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Linux Mint IRC Channel Rules & Guidelines

Postby proxima_centauri on Mon Sep 20, 2010 12:28 pm

Menu > Internet > XChat
Server: irc.spotchat.org
Channels: #linuxmint-help, #linuxmint-debian, #linuxmint-chat, #pimpmymint

Before asking a question in one of the support channels please do the following:
Search for a solution, both in the forum and on the internet - Google is a good resource.
If the problem is with a specific application, check if it has it's own homepage with support.

You do not need to ask permission before asking a question, pose the question to the channel and if someone is available to help you, he or she will reply. Do not flood the channel by repeatedly asking the same question. If you do not get a response to a question right away, respectfully wait for a period of 15-20 minutes before asking the question again.
Please do not direct questions to a specific user unless he/she has already begun to help you.

To communicate effectively in the channels please,
Speak plainly and clearly, refrain from using <CAPS> lock, and most importantly - be polite.

Users will be warned of any infraction of the rules below, and told to cease such behaviour. If the violation continues, the user will be temporarily devoiced or kicked. If the user continues to misbehave after a revoice and/or kick, he/she may be banned at the channel operator's discretion.

*Any incident is subject to an Operator's discretion, and a kick and/or ban may be issued before a warning

[1] No Spamming or Flooding
  • Spam messages (advertisements, abusive or otherwise unwanted material) will not be tolerated in the channels. Spammers will be kicked immediately.
  • Flooding large amounts of information may result in a temporary devoice while the flooding is occurring, if the cause was accidental or due to ignorance.
  • Use http://dpaste.com for messages longer than a couple of lines. Persistent flooding will result in a kick when the user has ignored requests to use pastebin.
[2] No Offensive Material
  • Any offensive material such as swear words or derogatory terms are prohibited.
  • For extreme cases, such as hate speech or pornography, the user may be kick/banned on-site. Hate speech is defined as an attack on religion, race, nationality, sexual orientation, or any other self-identifiable group.
  • Censoring a swear word by substituting a letter with an asterisk symbol "*", or using acronyms that contain a swear word is considered swearing and will be treated as such.
[3] No Harassment, Insults, or Personal Attacks
  • Engaging in malicious behavior intended to annoy, offend, or intimidate other users is unacceptable.
[4] No Illegal Material
  • Any requests for help pertaining to illicit computer activities is prohibited and will not be supported (i.e., piracy, malicious hacking). Requesting, distributing, or linking illegal material is forbidden.
[5 a] No Trolling
  • Trolling consists of messages containing an apparently foolish contradiction of common knowledge, a deliberately offensive insult to the users of the channel or a broad request for trivial follow-up messages. It serves no purpose other than the enjoyment of the troll.
[5 b] No Dangerous Commands
  • Suggesting commands that could harm or destroy another user's system, even in jest, is strictly off limits. It is considered a form of trolling.
[6] No Off-Topic Material in Support Channels
  • Any off-topic conversation in #linuxmint-help or #linuxmint-debian will be redirected to #linuxmint-chat and/or #pimpmymint.
  • #linuxmint-chat is the official venue for off-topic material and casual conversations are encouraged.
  • #pimpmymint is similar to #linuxmint-chat, with a relaxation on freedom of speech under context (i.e. swearing for purposes of expression is tolerated; however, use for personal attacks is still not).
  • None of the channels are intended for "date chat", do not ask "ASL?".
[7] No Bots
  • No unofficial bots are allowed in the Linux Mint channels. A discovered bot will be removed from the channel(s).

Considerations
* If you have a concern with an individual operator, or believe you have been treated unfairly (i.e., banned from a channel without cause), keep a log (record) handy. Contact admin@linuxmint.com with a description of the incident, and any pertinent logs or information.

* Any unwanted and persisting private messages (PMs), DCC, or CTCP requests to Operator's, or any other user, will result in removal from the Linux Mint channels. We understand mistakes happen, and one will be sufficiently informed and warned before removal from the channels is considered.
Last edited by proxima_centauri on Sat Sep 03, 2011 11:52 am, edited 7 times in total.
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Re: Official IRC Guidelines

Postby Anakinholland on Sat Nov 19, 2011 7:09 pm

If you get annoyed like me with all the Join/Quit/Voice notification in Xchat, do the following:

  • Go to http://pastebin.com/2AKazTgf
  • Click on "copy to clipboard"
  • Open Gedit
  • Paste
  • Keep or remove from the following in lines, based on what you want to ignore. Remove what you want to keep visible.

    • xchat.hook_print("Change Nick", ignore_it)
    • xchat.hook_print("Channel Voice", ignore_it)
    • xchat.hook_print("Channel Operator", ignore_it)
    • xchat.hook_print("Join", ignore_it)
    • xchat.hook_print("Part", ignore_it)
    • xchat.hook_print("Part with Reason", ignore_it)
    • xchat.hook_print("Quit", ignore_it)
  • Save to ~/Documents/ignore.py
  • In Xchat, open menu Windows, click "Plugins and Scripts".
  • Click "Load..."
  • Locate ~/Documents/ingore.py and click "Ok"
  • Click "Close".
Done.
Please Edit your initial post title and add [SOLVED] once your question is resolved.
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Re: Linux Mint IRC Channel Guidelines

Postby chinoto on Thu Jul 12, 2012 10:51 am

Could these be added to the rules?
1. Don't ask for permission to ask a question.
2. Don't ask specific people about a question, others who know the answer may ignore the question if it isn't directed to the channel in general.

For number 1 you end up with three messages instead of 1 (Ask permission, grant permission, actual question).
Number 2 has happened to me a lot, I seem helpful so then people decide "ooh I'm going to ask this specific person a question", when I actually have no clue as to the answer, eg "I've barely used VirtualBox, why are you asking me of all people about it?!?".
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Re: Linux Mint IRC Channel Guidelines

Postby proxima_centauri on Thu Jul 12, 2012 12:04 pm

Good suggestions, I'll make the relevant amendments.
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Re: Linux Mint IRC Channel Guidelines

Postby RETNUH on Sun Aug 05, 2012 3:01 pm

I'm thinking that the Imagebin and 'Netiquette' bits of this should be added in. Maybe the pastebin explanation too?
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Re: Linux Mint IRC Channel Guidelines

Postby ASmith on Tue Jan 29, 2013 12:11 am

Image

Political topics and subjects which concern computer users, their privacy's, security and possible censorship should certainly be allowed to be openly discussed in the Linux Mint Chat channel. A thread bare few however harass the visitors and members who attempt to alert others of their governments attempts to censor, stifle or spy on their computer activity's.

At times the Linux Mint Chat OP's appear to ignore the few who are actively harassing members and visitors discussing the impacts of Internet censorship, freedoms of speech and their computer security efforts.

The open discussion of such timely and important informational exchanges and updates should not be forced to be discussed only in the Pimp My Mint adult entertainment channel which appears and runs as adult rated photos exchanges among other related materials and comments.
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Re: Linux Mint IRC Channel Guidelines

Postby xtreme on Sat Feb 16, 2013 9:55 am

If you need to hide the joins and parts only on Spotchat server, this script might come in handy. I tweaked the original script slightly so that it applies only on Spotchat.

Get it at -- http://pastebin.com/gTXVXRkr
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Re: Linux Mint IRC Channel Guidelines

Postby rogerskibicki on Thu Mar 28, 2013 7:14 pm

chinoto wrote:Could these be added to the rules?
1. Don't ask for permission to ask a question.
2. Don't ask specific people about a question, others who know the answer may ignore the question if it isn't directed to the channel in general.

For number 1 you end up with three messages instead of 1 (Ask permission, grant permission, actual question).
Number 2 has happened to me a lot, I seem helpful so then people decide "ooh I'm going to ask this specific person a question", when I actually have no clue as to the answer, eg "I've barely used VirtualBox, why are you asking me of all people about it?!?".

Is it a Rule or a Guideline ??
I dont think they need to be 'Rules' but they certainly need help along with communication. So, i would suggest there should be a "Netiquette" thread in the Chat or Forum Rules. Many, usually new, forum users are bad communicators or rushed communications. Netiquette guidelines are there to speed communication.
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Re: Linux Mint IRC Channel Guidelines

Postby insx on Thu May 09, 2013 9:43 am

I broke the asking to ask rule/guideline. The problem there is that one can connect to the chat via the welcome screen without ever seeing these rules.

Edit: I logged in again today and finally noticed "read the rules" in the welcome text. Oops.
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Re: Linux Mint IRC Channel Rules & Guidelines

Postby luthare on Fri Mar 28, 2014 2:25 pm

Ok ty
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Re: Linux Mint IRC Channel Rules & Guidelines

Postby NebulosaDelCangrejo on Sun Jun 15, 2014 2:18 pm

Ignorant me, although neither too young nor too old, have never heard of "ASL". I'm just no native speaker of english. I had to search a bit before I learnt: Age, sex, location, or "how old are you, what's your sex, where do you live". Just to help other non-natives...
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Re: Linux Mint IRC Channel Rules & Guidelines

Postby zolar1 on Sun Jun 15, 2014 2:22 pm

NebulosaDelCangrejo wrote:Ignorant me, although neither too young nor too old, have never heard of "ASL". I'm just no native speaker of english. I had to search a bit before I learnt: Age, sex, location, or "how old are you, what's your sex, where do you live". Just to help other non-natives...


Depending on the venue, it could be considered rude or inappropriate to ask that.
Be sure to read the rule before asking. Saves headaches later.
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