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1 - What happened to Freedom Chat?
2 - How can I become an Administrator?
3 - How do I register nicknames and channels?
4 - What's with all of this strong language on #TalkingIRC?
5 - May I have a channel that is constantly open?
6 - Why does ChanServ de-op me when I join a channel that I own?
Q1: What Happened to Freedom Chat?
On 2nd September 2006, the FC/TalkingIRC Administration decided that, due to a few reasons, it was time to change the network name back to TalkingIRC. First, it was more original; plus, the name was too similar to the name of another network. Also, we decided to declare the FC client obsolete because it is now pretty easy to install and configure mIRC with one of the many accessibility plugins out there, be it tIRC, SJAMS, or any others. For information about IRC clients, please see Help with IRC Clients and if you're visually-impaired, we recommend that you check out tIRC at www.themillionweb.net/tirc.Contents
Q2: How can I become an Administrator?
Simple: you can't! I do not know how many places I have this stated--in channel welcome messages, in the user policies and, now, on this FAQ page. Please read this excerpt from our user policies:
I hope this answers the question!
Q3: How do I register nicknames and channels?
Q4: What's with all of the strong language on #TalkingIRC
As the welcome message states, #TalkingIRC is a censored channel. We are strong believers of freedom of speech and take full advantage of this right in our network channels. If the language bothers you, please ignore the person or find another channel. If someone is bashing you, please use your client's ignore facility. If the person is evading your ignores, following you around the network, or harassing you in any way, please let us know. We will act on a case-by-case basis. Please include proof (whois replies, logs, nicknames) so that we can verify your information and track down the offending user.
Q5: May I have a channel that is constantly open?
We used to allow this by configuring the channel's assigned BotServ bot never to leave the channel; however, we no longer offer this because our channel list became full of channels with only one member in them--a bot. They were never in use. Although we discourage this, if you would like your channel to remain open, you may hold it open with a bot of your own. This will work if you are using a broadband connection that is always active or have a commercial shell account. We would prefer, if you are going to have a channel open constantly, that it be in active use. Dead channels just take up space and are not necessary.
Q6: Why does ChanServ de-op me when I join a channel that I own?
It does not. Our new services program has a different way of handling channel modes. Instead of setting all modes that lead up to the +o mode as well as that mode, it simply sets the channel owner mode (+q) which contains all of the privileges that a channel owner should have.
tIRC has not been updated to recognise this unique mode management. So, yes, you are being de-opped but after that you are receiving the channel owner flag which gives you all privileges of a channel owner. tIRC doesn't yet recognise this mode.
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