Ok, I don't want to get too anal, legalistic, or dogmatic about this,
especially since this is really only a set of guidelines, not an
actual official (see the homepage's title, already) list of
The Channel Commandments. As a general
rule, just try to grant people some basic human respect. If you've
already got this down, you may well be able to just skip the rest of
this document. But, to be a bit more specific:
Whatever you do, please do your very best to avoid preaching against the current of
channel topic and/or consent. You should realize that, no matter how
much you may wish to tell us the GOOD NEWS OF YOUR LORD ________, you
are probably the umpteen millionth person to tell us about how much we
are missing as atheists, and we tend to get really quite tired of
it. Keep in mind that debate is fine; chances are, you are not going
to get kicked of #atheism for participating in or initiating rational,
polite debate. IMHO it is easy enough to judge between this and flaming/preaching at us.
IRCwar attacks, for both historical and practical reasons, on
either the channel or on individuals are not appreciated on
#atheism. This includes clones, flooding, flashing, port19s,
Please try not to jump into the channel, then jump out a
second later. This practice is affectionately known as "channel
fucking." It tends to get annoying, especially when repeated.
[Heathen] Fundeee, a conservative skeptical approach to the evidence
indicates that Yeshua probably never claimed he was the son of God,
but rather that that and the miraculous narratives about his life
were more or less developed by the early Christians, such as Paul,
the NT Gospel authors, and the Gnostics.
[Heathen] 'lo chan
[Baimei] Fundeee: And all the other saviors with lives nearly identical
to Jesus were liars and lunatics, right?
[Fundeee] Heathen: oh, so the most IMPORTANT BOOK EVER WRITTEN is
justa huge book of lies?
[Baimei] hi chanfuckr
[Baimei] bye chanfuckr
[Fundeee] hi chanfuckr
[Baimei] hi chanfuckr
[Fundee] Baimei: yes.
[Heathen] Make up your mind, chan!@#
[Heathen] Um, so where were we?
If the reason that you channel fuck is because you enter the channel, then
realize that there is hardly anyone on the channel, then please either
tough it out with few people on the channel at least for a while, or
else learn to check how many people are on the channel using the /list
command (eg, /list #atheism), and see the names of the people on the
channel who haven't set usermode +i using the /names command (eg,
You may swear on this fucking channel, goddamnit.
Now get the hell out of my face about it, you stupid asshole!@#!@#
Please try to avoid SHOUTING IN ALL CAPS, or overusing such
effects as bold, underline, and inverse video. While useful in
moderation to accent important points,
THESE TECHNIQUES ARE SOMEWHAT ANNOYING WHEN
OVERUSED, MUCH LIKE SCREAMING AN ENTIRE
CONVERSATION MIGHT BE IN REAL LIFE. Get my
Don't ask for ops. It takes a lot of time input into the
channel and trust from the existing ops before you will be even
considered. "Op begging" is rude and you're much more likely to get
kicked than to get ops.
In short, just try to remember that there are other people on the end
of that IRC connection, and they'd like to chat with their friends or
argue with their enemies. Keep that in mind, and try to respect their
desires like you would respect the same desires in a "real life"
conversation, then you should get along fine. IOW, play nice, kiddies