The Chronopedia has it's own IRC channel! This acts as a place for instant chat as IRC stands for Internet Relay Chat.
The Chrono Trigger Wiki's IRC channel (chat room) is the Wiki's main socialising tool. It is also an effective method of quickly notifying admins about any forms of vandalism taking place or asking questions.
There is one IRC channel used by the Chronopedia: #Chronopedia
In general, #Chronopedia IRC is intended for chatting about the Chronopedia. It's not exactly a general-purpose Chrono Trigger discussion channel. You can talk pretty much about anything you'd like.
The rules for #Chronopedia IRC are simple:
- Don't be an ass. You will never be asked to be "nice," and personal attacks are unpreventable on IRC. But as a guideline, don't go out of your way to irritate others. Vicious abuse is grounds for sanctions.
- Real-world politics and/or religion may only be discussed with unanimous consent. If someone doesn't want to talk about them, drop the subject.
- The Chrono Trigger IRC's official language: English. We don't care if it's British or American, as long as it's not "1337" or "TXT." Abbreviations are fine, but keep it within reason.
- No spamming. The meaning should be obvious. Don't say the same thing six times because no one is responding to you. Don't keep yammering on about a subject nobody cares about.
- No sockpuppets. Of course you're allowed to joke and overall be funny, but as a general rule we frown upon sockpuppets.
- Don't abuse the "/nick" function; this means please don't go changing your nick every ten seconds as it might be confusing for some people. Also, Do not pretend to be another user.
The standard sanctions for dealing with violators of IRC policies are as follows:
- Warning. Directed at the violator by an operator.
- Kicking. Should only occur when policy violations, spamming, trolling, and similar transgressions are sufficiently obvious and continuous that an op seems fit to act.
- Channel mute. User is muted by an op. It is pretty easy to bypass such a measure, but said measure is the final warning.
- Kickbanning. When all else fails. Anyone with more brains than a robot will never get to this point.
Channel operators are users on the IRC with certain abilities, indicated by the number of flags they have. Your average op is able to change the topic and kick or ban users. An @ symbol next to their name in the user list indicates that a user is currently in op status. The following user have op rights:
You can access this list within the channel, including flags, by typing /cs access list #Chronopedia.
All commands must be prefixed with a forward slash (/).
- /nick <newnick> — changes your nickname.
- /me <action> — an action, eg "/me dances on the head of a pin" becomes "User dances on the head of a pin".
- /msg <person> <message> — sends a private message to that person. Equivalent to /query or double-clicking the person's name in the user list.
- /topic — calls up topic.
- /ignore <person> — ignores any message a user sends.
- /join #<channel> — join a channel. Only works with other channels on the current network.
- /quit <message> — quits IRC and leaves a message. Use /part #<channel> <message> to leave only that channel.
- /clear — clears the current log. Useful if your internet begins to lag.
This list is by no means exhaustive. Further information can be found by typing /help or on this website.
Registering a nick
To speak on the #Chronopedia channel, it is recommended to register and identify with Freenode.
- This can be done by inputting /ns register <password> <email>, or /msg nickserv <password> <email> if your client will not accept the abbreviated version. Replace <email> with your address, and <password> with the password you would like to use for the nickname. This will register your current nick name.
- You will receive an email from Freenode. Open it, and follow the instructions.
- To identify, use /ns identify <password> when using a registered nick. You will be notified if anyone has attempted to identify using your nick. Note that you must use your nick at least once every 30 days to retain ownership of it.
- You may have up to three nicknames registered to one email address.
- Nick registration has the following benefits:
- Allows you to retain ownership of your preferred moniker.
- Prevents other users from masquerading with your nick.
- Allows easy identification and their recent activity.
- Operators must have their nicks registered.
- Allows you to kick ghosts and sockpuppets.
- This can be done by inputting /ns ghost <user> <password>.
Dealing with spammers and trolls
Occasionally, the Chronopedia's IRC is attacked by spammers and trolls. If this happens, please follow the following procedure:
- Warn the user, and notify them of the rules. Be calm and professional. Not all rule breakers are trolls - new users may be unaware of the IRC rules.
- Are there any active operators on the channel? They will swiftly deal with any obvious annoyances. If they are only sporadically active, contact them via private message.
- An away status means that the user is away. Please do not attempt to contact operators with this status: if they have been long inactive, they are unlikely to return if contacted through talk page or private message; if they are away for a short period of time, then they are likely to return and see the spammer themselves.
- If there are no active operators, use /ignore. Record the user's nickname and gateway, and give it to the next operator who arrives. Alternatively, you may choose to leave a message (including gateway) on a user's talk page. Inform users who enter later about the spammer.
- Operators for the CT wiki can sometimes be found on other channels. SilverCrono may occasionally be found at #wikia-kingdomhearts and #ffwiki.
- Freenode's webchat is a more convenient web client. Simply type in your nick and "#Chronopedia" in the channel box.
As of June 19th 2009 Freenode's server is no longer available via Mibbit.
- mIRC is the classic Windows IRC client. The main drawbacks of mIRC are the fact that it's not free and that the configuration options are more extensive than a lot of users are used to. (Only partial UTF-8 support - see below)
- Trillian handles IRC. It's a little complicated to set up, but if you don't want to use the very easy CGI:IRC linked by Angela, then Trillian is a handy program to have anyway for the other things it does. (No UTF-8 support - see below)
- Miranda IM - a multi-client, like Trillian, but rather minimalist and open source. (UTF-8 support requires patching - see below)
- Pidgin is a multi-client that comes preinstalled with Ubuntu and several other Linux distributions.
- Kopete is a multi-client, the KDE counterpart of Gaim.
- Konversation is a KDE application with interface similar to X-Chat; it is an IRC-only client.
- irssi is an IRC-only client that uses a text-mode user interface.
- BitchX is an IRC-only console application client.
- EPiC is an IRC-only client for Unix systems that is descended from the ircII client, it uses a text-mode user interface.
- Snak handles IRC rather nicely, and is one of the few Mac-only clients that still work flawlessly.
- X-Chat Aqua is a full featured IRC client for OS X that is easy to setup and use.
- Colloquy is an open-source IRC, SILC and ICB client for Mac OS X.
- Opera web browser has a built-in IRC client.
- ChatZilla is an extension for the Mozilla Firefox web browser.
- JWChat - has some script errors in Firefox, but clicking "Stop script" makes it work fine after that.
- X-Chat is perhaps the most well-known IRC client for Linux, included into nearly every distribution, which has recently grown in popularity on Windows as well. Note that the official Windows version (as opposed to Linux) is shareware, but unofficial free Windows builds are available, for example, here.
To log in, you need to configure your client. After you log in, it is rather straightforward. The parameters are:
- Server: irc.freenode.net
- Channel: #Chronopedia (note the correct spelling)
Most IRC clients, in particular mIRC, Miranda and X-Chat, have "Freenode" in the default network list, you only need to select it. After you are connected to the server, type /join #Chronopedia in the reply box and press Enter.
Custom instructions for specific clients to come.
The #Chronopedia channel uses the UTF-8 encoding, just like the Wiki proper. This should not pose a problem with English, as UTF-8 is backwards compatible with ASCII-127, but non-Latin scripts (such as Greek or Cyrillic) may be rendered improperly in UTF-8-incapable clients.
You can find out more about IRC here