How Should You Act on IRC (Internet Relay Chat)?

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Miikee writes: “After reading a couple posts on the new Geeks website related to your chat room on WyldRyde, I came up with the top 5 things to consider when participating in a busy chat room.”

  • Learn the room. Don’t expect to be the center of attention in the room. Trying to be will make you an unpopular chatter from the start. Spend time watching and learning what are the accepted practices of the room. Remember, the object is to become an accepted member of the community, not the room trouble maker.
  • Don’t be the room cop. A busy chat room always has several OPS as well as appropriate Bots to maintain the room. If someone is out of line, let the OPS handle it. Acknowledging an out of line chatter only encourages them. This is reminiscent of the class clown in school.
  • Direct comments to individuals by name. A busy room will have discussions on several topics going on at once. To make sure your comment is directed to the correct topic and person, start the comment out with that persons name. Ie: Joechat, yes I had that problems with Windows Vista too.
  • Don’t private message someone without asking first. I relate this to walking into a persons home without knocking on the door first. Also be aware that it is against the rules on the WyldRyde network to do so.
  • Be yourself. It is very easy getting caught up in the world of being something your not. People assume that since it’s online, it’s not real. They figure I will never meet anyone here so what does it matter. This world we live in has become much smaller with technology. The fibs you tell in one community may come back and bite you when exposed in another community. Remember, the folks on the other end are real, treat them as you would the friend down the street and your circle of real friends will become much larger.

Thanks, Miikee for that list. Those are all great points, and good reminders on how to act in chat. I have to thank all of the Mods (Ops and HalfOps) in my channel. They are a great team, and spend countless hours of their own time (for free) to help keep things running smoothly in the channel. They’re a great group of people, and the chat wouldn’t be successful without them.

For more information about how to handle yourself in my chat room, check out the Chat Room Rules and Guidelines, Why Can’t I Talk in the Chat Room? and How Do I Get Voice (+V) in Chat?.


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