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 +======Etiquette on irc - or - How to Avoid Getting Yourself Kicked out of Channels======
 +^ Original Authors ^
 +|Lea Viljanen ​ |(LadyBug) | [[]] ​            |
 +|Ari Husa      |(luru) ​   | [[]] ​                 |
 +^Modified By ^
 +|Troy Rollo    |(Troy) ​   | [[]] ​              |
 +^ Further Modified By ^
 +|James Sneeringer ​   |(CrowMan) ​ | [[]] ​           |
 +1) Language
 +The most widely spoken and understood language on irc is English. ​ This
 +does **not** mean it is the only language on irc!  Far from it, in fact.  In
 +general, it is ok to speak any language. ​ The usual protocol is to use a
 +language that is understood by the majority of the channel you're in.
 +Some channels prefer that only a single language, or select group of
 +them, be used in their channel. ​ This is particularly true of channels
 +dedicated to particular countries. ​ They may tolerate other languages,
 +but their preference naturally lies with their native tongue. ​ These
 +channels may even have a topic set that says what the channel'​s
 +preferred language is.
 +2) 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
 +everyones'​ screens become filled up with "​hello"​ messages, and nothing
 +else.  If you feel inclined to greet someone that you don't know, send
 +a private message with the /msg command.
 +Having established that a screenful of greetings is A Bad Thing, it
 +follows that automated greetings are worse. ​ A drawback of the client'​s
 +ability to react to any arbitrary event with an arbitrary action is
 +that it is often misused. ​ While you may only be trying to be polite to
 +everyone, you are in fact being just the opposite. ​ Automated greetings
 +are impersonal at best.
 +3) 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.  People
 +on #perl probably answer questions about the Perl programming language
 +and discuss new features. ​ However, this is **not** always the case!
 +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 toward.
 +4) } { | ` ~ ] [ \ @ ^
 +No, it isn't line noise, and no, someone didn't make a typing error. ​ On
 +irc, there is a large population of users from Scandinavian countries,
 +and the above characters represent letters in their alphabet. ​ Since not
 +everyone has access to a terminal that can use or display the real
 +letters, these characters are instead substituted.
 +   ​{ ​    is an A with 2 dots over it (ä)
 +   ​} ​    is an A with a small circle above it (å)
 +   ​| ​    is either an O with 2 dots over it or an O with a dash (/)
 +         ​through it (either ö or ø)
 +   ​` ​    is an e with an accent over it (é)
 +   ​~ ​    is an u with 2 dots over it (ü)
 +   [, ], \, @ and ^ are the preceding five letters in upper case.
 +Of course, the irony here is that the French and German mappings are not
 +the same.  Oh well...
 +5) **ATTENTION!**
 +If you remember nothing else from this document, remember this.  People
 +on irc form their opinions about you based solely on your actions,
 +writings, and comments on irc.  Think **before** you type.
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