I don’t think it needs to be said but security is important to users of the DigitalIRC Network. In line with our continued mission to provide the best experience possible for users of the network we are introducing Security Group as a new extended ban type.
Deep Linking and Webchats
Webchat, to many it’s the only way they interact with the IRC network and chat with their friends. This is because for most it’s the easiest way for them to access the network, no installs, no configs, it just works.
From a recent query we got in #help we realised that there was no offical documentation for how to deeplink to a channel with the DigitalIRC Webchat or our backup KiwiIRC Webchat.
A channel on the network can have six different kinds of users. You might think of them as levels of permission and access.
They are, in increasing amount of capabilities:
- Regular user
- Voiced: VOP or +v
- Half-Op: HOP or +h
- Op: Full Op, ChanOp or +o
- Admin: SOP, SuperOp or +a
- Founder: +q
Silencing Users with Extended Bans
You can use extended bans to set up an alternative kind of ban that will give you more options, like silencing users.
When you silence a user, you allow the person to stay in the channel, but block the person’s ability to participate in the discussion or change nicks. It’s an online equivalent of a short timeout, where the person has to sit quietly for several minutes before rejoining discussion.
How to get a vhost
# What is a vhost
A vhost (a.k.a. vanity host or virtual hosts) is a custom part after the @ in your user mask on IRC. For example:
My vhost when I use the nickname MrRandom is
Why is my bot banned
So your bot can’t connect and it’s saying it has been banned from the network. This has happened because your bot was either:
- Spamming users, opers or channels
- In a channel where the channel owner hadn’t given it permission
If your bot didn’t run ident then your entire host has been banned from the network. If you bot did respond to ident then only it was banned so you can still connect to the server just not with the account the bot was on.
To appeal the ban contact an operator in #help or email opers (@) digitalirc (dot) org
Can I link two channels?
One question that is routinely asked in #help is how a channel owner can forward users from one channel to another. They usually ask this because they have changed channel names, and there is no other method available to regular users (as opposed to those with access to the IRCd configuration files); however it is also useful if the group that the channel is used by is hosting an event, and to keep the main channel manageable, want to limit it to only X amount of people, and have users that join after that go to an overfill channel.
How to use the chanserv access System
On Digital IRC, we have two access systems. Standard access system, and XOP. XOP is a simplification of the access system to make things a bit easier. However, with simplification comes a loss of features.
XOP is enabled by default for newly registered channels. It has 4 ChanServ commands – VOP, HOP, AOP and SOP for auto voice, auto halfop, auto op and auto admin, respectively. See ChanServ Commands for help with those commands.
How to group Nicknames
So you’ve registered your nick, but have more than one computer/device that you join IRC from. You might be wondering “do I need to register a new nick and have people add that nick to access lists as well? Certainly there must be an easier way.”
What is a vHost and how to get one
What is a vHost
A host is the part that comes after the @ when you join a channel on IRC (For example, [you] (webchat@SilentZombies-2C774A64.your.isp.net) ) has joined #empornium). A vHost (aka virtual host) is a feature on Empornium irc network, that allows you to be identified with a custom host, hiding your real ISP, making some silly joke, or even ban evasion (requesting one for ban evasion will get you banned from the entire network, not just a channel).