Proper IRC etiquette
Hi, I’m back — it’s me, cranky mriet!
I show up now and then when calmer mriet can’t take it anymore.
Today’s topic is how to behave on IRC.
- Please be patient. I know it’s hard to imagine, but some of us actually are not sitting around waiting for you to ping us on IRC.
- Please be polite. If we were all sitting around a table outside, you wouldn’t just start shooting questions at me, out of nowhere, would you?
- Remember, this is text, which means minor nuances are easily lost. So please, stay friendly and polite, even if you think someone is being nasty.
- Please only ping me once: most people on IRC have their clients set up so that it will flash or alert them once you type in their nick. Repeatedly pinging me comes across as childish.
- Grow a thick skin. Because you’ll need it.
Here’s a list of things that I will respond badly too. I’ve just discovered the /ignore command, and I’m going to start using it.
- Private messaging me when you’re not someone who I talk to regularly — especially if it’s a technical question that can be asked on an open channel.
- Popping onto an IRC, asking a question, and then disappearing 2 minutes later.
- Not saying “Good morning/afternoon/evening!” It’s a very little thing to do, and it will mean a lot.
- Spewing text at me when I haven’t asked for it.
I’m sure there’s more, I’ll just have to re-edit this entry later when I run into them.