Due to the unfortunate abuse of the irc.etree.org network
by very small minority, the etree.org Server Team has
been forced to implement a few basic rules of
conduct for everyone on irc.etree.org. If you have any
questions comments about these rules, please email
In the event that you break the rules, you will be
asked to modify your behavior or possibly kicked from a channel.
Consider this your only warning. In the event that you are banned from
a particular channel or from the IRC server entirely, you can email
firstname.lastname@example.org explaining why you were banned and what you will do
in order to rejoin the channel.
- Please be a good host. New people come into the public
IRC channels all the time. Not all newbies are a pain.
Please give them the benefit of the doubt and be friendly
- Please do not be outrageously offensive. There is
no specific guideline for this. If a someone's nickname or
something they say is patently offensive, they will be
told by a channel operator. Please use common sense.
- Please don't give people grief for asking valid
questions. Even if they are questions about MP3's, deal
with questions with We all had to learn sometime.
- No spamming, bots, or fservs... Posting more than 5 lines of text
within 10 seconds is not necessary and is quite annoying.
- Similar to other rule #5's, take it easy, and enjoy IRC.
Try to remember that 99.9% of the things people say on IRC tends
to be a load. Don't take it hard. Use your /ignore command if
someone is bothering you... you'll be amazed at how well it works.
Please remember that irc.etree.org is a public place, and as such, the Server Team will do
what we can to make it enjoyable for all. Thanks!
Basic etiquette for irc.etree.org:
1) Hello and Goodbye
It is not necessary to greet each and every person that joins a channel
you're on. On a busy channel, this would quickly become annoying, as
every user's screen would become filled up with "hello" messages, and nothing else.
If you have a question, ask it. If you just want to chat, watch the conversation for a few
minutes, then chime in when you have something to add.
2) Channel Discussion
As a general rule, there is no general rule about what sort of discussion
may be taking place on a channel at any given time. Usually, the topic of discussion
will be related in some way to the channel's name. However, this is not always the
case! Below is what you might expect from the "major" channels on irc.etree.org.
#etree: The basis for most conversation is about taper-friendly bands,
.SHN, FTP, #5, etc., but the conversation can drift off to just about any topic imaginable.
Please do not ask basic questions about SHN and FTP, as you will just be referred to the etree.org
FAQ. Login/password ISO's are frowned upon, and fserv's and auto-announcements are banned. Please
try and keep all trade grovels to the #etrade channel.
For all irc.etree.org channels, the best strategy is to watch the discussion for a bit
to get an idea of what the channel is really all about. Unless you know otherwise (such as
from the channel topic), you should always feel free to contribute to the conversation, though
you should take care not to try to force the discussion in a direction that it isn't flowing
#sugarmegs: Again, the main topic of this channel is MP3/Sugarmegs-related stuff, but
that is not always necessarily the case.
#setlists: No discussion here, just hpbot, a setlist "bot." Simply type
in a band/date, and it will spit out the setlist. Syntax should look like: "gd 5/17/77" or
"sci 10/28/99" (without the quotes, of course).
If you remember nothing else from this quick irc.etree.org howto, remember this: People
on irc.etree.org form their opinions about you based solely on your actions, writings,
and comments. Please think before you type.
Thanks to DlittleD for writing the etiquette section.