Category Archives:IRC Network

Server maintenance

Hello IdleChat users! Our eu.idlechat.net round-robin will be undergoing maintenance for the next couple of days. If you use eu.idlechat.net to connect to the network, please use irc.idlechat.net instead for an uninterrupted experience.

Staff and Channels

The IdleChat Network Team would like to welcome our newest staff members Amyashi & Coyote`.
Also, we’ve migrated all users of the long-inactive channel #iPocalypse to #IdleChat to find a more enjoyable experience in a fresh and active channel.

As always any questions can be answered in #help

1st birthday

Posting this a couple days late. but IdleChat has reached its 1st year of service as of August 31st. We’d like to thank everyone who continues to use the service, We hope the next year will go as smoothly as the last.
1st Birthday

Minor Changes

We’ve currently made a couple changes to the LightIRC generator & applet.

1. A password field to the nick selection box has been added. This change will allow users identify with services at connection. (can be disabled with the generator by selecting the No option)
2. Going along with that change we’ve also added a button to register a nickname inside the applet.

We also added a new server (ineffective.idlechat.net) to the network (a few days ago) located in New York .  Other Small changes has been applied to a couple servers to help them from netspliting like they had been.

Connection issues

One of our servers is currently offline at the moment, We’re looking into the issue and have recently removed the server from our DNS until it comes back online. Sadly it can remain in your DNS Cache for up to 48 hours if you experience issues trying to connect just keep trying,  We will update this post as we find out more about why the server is offline.

Minecraft Server

If you enjoy playing Minecraft and have an account and would like to play with some of the network staff then join #minecraft and get added to the server’s whitelist.

 

We’re running Minecraft 1.8 Spigot Server that has Custom Portals & an IRC plugin so you can chat to people in the IRC channel while playing.

Server Restarts

Recently you may have noticed that IdleChat has had a few server restarts in the last week or so, We’re sorry but there is nothing we can really do about them. Most XEN hosts are restarting their hardware for security updates, you can look at the email we’ve received from one of our hosts below.

Hello,

Linode recently received several Xen Security Advisories (XSAs) that require us to perform updates to our host servers. In order to apply the updates, hosts and the Linodes running on them must be rebooted. The XSAs will be publicly released by the Xen project team on March 10th, therefore we must complete the updates before that date.

These updates are required to protect the security and safe operations of not only our infrastructure, but yours as well. We understand that a disruption with such limited notice is inconvenient, and we hope you understand that these measures are warranted due to the severity of the XSAs.

…….
(Some information has been removed)

Before March 10th we might experience more restarts. If you have any questions or concerns you can always join #help

Attention Channel Owners

We’ve been noticing since updating to Anope-2.0.* that some channels have been incorrectly registered, We’ve talked to a few channel owners but we can’t catch every channel. So if you’ve registered a channel between now and Sept 15, 2014 please check your channel info and check the description field to make sure your not unknowingly displaying a password. The correct command to register a channel is now.

/msg chanserv register #yourchannelname [description]

To see if your channel is effected by the new registering command you can run the command

/msg chanserv info #yourchannelname

You’ll get something similar to the following depending on your client and how its scripted.

[12:10:10] [ChanServ]: Information for channel #damdevil:
[12:10:10] [ChanServ]: Founder: Radien
[12:10:10] [ChanServ]: Description: Something here
[12:10:10] [ChanServ]: Registered: Sep 02 15:15:48 2014 UTC (135 days, 2 hours, 54 minutes ago)
[12:10:10] [ChanServ]: Last used: Jan 15 18:10:10 2015 UTC (now)
[12:10:10] [ChanServ]: Ban type: 2
[12:10:10] [ChanServ]: Mode lock: +nt
[12:10:10] [ChanServ]: Options: Peace, Security, Secure founder, Signed kicks, Topic retention
[12:10:10] [ChanServ]: Last topic: Good Luck is hard to come by ° Our website: http://damdevil.org °
[12:10:10] [ChanServ]: Topic set by: iRadien

the line your looking for is the Description: Something here line. If your channel password or any other thing shows up that shouldn’t be there chances are your channel is one of the effected channels. You don’t need to drop your channel or anything all you’ll have to do is run a command to change the Description of your channel.
/msg chanserv set description #yourchannel [your new description]

If by chance you’ve been effected by this change we suggest that you change your nick password and anything else that might be attached to the password that has been shown.

We’re Sorry for any inconveniences this may have caused you, and for taking so long for it to be noticed.

How to get Twitter in your channel.

IdleChat provides a twitter bot, with the name “Twitter”, to provide you with a twitter feed in your channel. It’s very easy to use and doesn’t require that you give over your twitter login. Remember, We will never ask you for your Twitter login! To use it, follow these simple steps:

All of the following commands below need to be done in a PM (private message) with the bot (Twitter).

Register with the bot

Send a PM to the IRC user “Twitter” with the register command. The syntax of this is: register . Username and password are the credentials you will use to log into the bot in future. An example of this is:

register ILoveTwitter SomeSuperPassword

Allow the bot to read your twitter feed

When you register, you will be presented with a URL that you must go to and log into your twitter account. Click the “Allow” button and you will be given a PIN code. Now return back to the bot and use the pin command to tell the bot what your PIN number is. The syntax of this is: pin . An example of this is:

pin ILoveTwitter SomeSuperPassword 6983612

If this is successful, the bot will tell you so.

Add your channel(s)

You can add up to 10 channels to the bot. You must be an op or higher (@&~) in a channel in order to add the bot to it. To make the bot announce your tweets in a channel, you need to use the addchan command. This will make the bot join that channel if it’s not already in there. The syntax of this command is: addchan . An example of this is:

addchan ILoveTwitter SomeSuperPassword #l33tChannel

You can do this command again to add your twitter feed to more channels.

Tweet and wait

Due to the limitations of Twitter’s API, the bot looks for new tweets every 60 seconds. Within 60 seconds of you tweeting, your tweet will show up in all of the channels you have added.

Other commands

You can delete your account and remove the bot from a channel using other commands in the bot. PM the bot “!help” to see these commands.

If you have any issues with this, please let us know in #help.

The Code for the bot except any modifications we've made & most of the wording of this page is © Phil Lavin & GeekShed LLC

Did you get banned today?

If so, We’d like to give you our apology, one of the blacklists we use “The Abusive Hosts blocking list” Decided they no longer wanted to be in the business of public blacklists and decided to stop, and ended up adding a wildcard that gave many false positives. Most of the false positives have been removed and you now can reconnect if you have any issues you can try reaching us on Twitter or facebook (both links are listed in the sidebar) to have it dealt with.

You can read Ahbl’s post here.. Again sorry for any inconvenience that may caused you.

Follow us on twitter to stay up to date on the going ons of the network.