frequently asked questions
- What is irc?
If you've come this far, then you've probably been on #texas, and already know what irc is. But
if you're still confused or want more information, do a search on "irc" or visit
- Who gets on #texas?
Specifically, #texas has a large number of people from Texas universities and colleges on it,
from Texas A&M and U.T. Austin to U.T. El Paso. But people who just live in Texas, or have
lived in Texas, or knew someone from Texas once, or named their dog the Latin variant of Texas
have also been known to get on. You may have heard of various Texas school rivalries, like how
much people from A&M and U.T. hate each other. Well, fair enough. We even rag on each other a
bit about it. But we donít like to let that sort of thing get out of hand, and generally any
newbie who gets on talking smack about a school is gonna get a boot in the butt.
Many different types of people get on #texas... conservatives and liberals, gays and straights
and bis, blacks and whites and hispanics and asians and... well, you get the idea. If you have
a problem with any of these sorts, please keep it to yourself. If you donít, we may show you
how intolerant WE are of dumbasses.
- What are ops / Can I get ops?
The word "ops" is short for channel operator status; anyone with ops is a channel operator and
can do all the nifty things that go along with that. On #texas, that amounts to opping other
people, changing the topic, kicking people (perhaps you yourself have been kicked once), and
banning the truly obnoxious. As to when you can get ops, that pretty much depends on you.
People with ops give other people ops. If you stick it out for a while on the channel (this
means a few weeks or months, not a few hours one day), then you will eventually get ops.. maybe.
Flooding should be self-explanatory; it amounts to sending a large number of public messages to
the channel in a short amount of time. Donít do it. Macht es nicht. Et cetera. We donít like
it, because it contributes to scroll, which means the screen rolls by too fast to be easily
read. Flooding includes putting the same message a large number of times to the channel and
trying to draw clever little pictures with aliases. Weíve been around, weíve seen it all, and
we arenít impressed. Donít do it. Seriously. If you are guilty of repeatedly flooding the
channel or anyone who frequents the channel, you will be banned from #texas and quite possibly
be permanently banned.
- Frequently asked stupid questions
This part is pretty much a list of advised etiquette. Many newbies (the term we use for people
who are not regulars on the channel) get on and ask many of the same (stupid) questions over and
over. Among them are, "Where is everybody from?" "What does everybody do here?" "How old is
everyone?" and the very worst offender, "Are there any cute women here tonight?" Perhaps you
notice a pattern... most people donít show up at a party and ask "So, where are all you from?"
Do on the channel what you might do at the hypothetical party. Find someone who interests you
and ask them your questions privately (learn to love the /msg command or prefacing comments with
the name of your intended).
Rest assured that stunningly lame questions like the ones listed above will earn you a kick in
almost no time at all, perhaps even a string of kicks from bored regulars who can do better than
"Are you lonely tonight?"
- Caps Lock
Ok, look, this key is at the bottom left hand of your keyboard. Make sure itís not depressed.
Otherwise, youíre gonna get kicked. Period.
- What's with all the kicking?
You are going to get kicked. EVERYONE gets kicked. Most of the people who now have ops on
#texas were kicked regularly for three days before they got to stick around and chat. Just
think of it as an initiation peroid. If you avoid flooding and being just all-around annoying,
you might escape all but the occasional kick. Itís happened before! If you DO get kicked,
do not start messaging everyone about how unfair it is, or could they retaliate for you or op
you or something. If you REALLY donít like getting kicked, go create your own channel. :)
- Ack! I got banned!
Yeah? And? Ok, look, hereís my guess. You were trying to hack, or you were being racist, or
homophobic, or making incredibly lame jokes about Texas or were trying to pick up any woman
desperate enough to have you, or you were just plain annoying. My advice? Cope. If you want,
you can *try* /msgíing someone and asking them to unban you, but donít count on it working. The
ban will be cleared within 24 hours, so donít sweat it. If you are chronically annoying, you
will be permanently banned, so try to pick up what is considered bad form quickly.
- Foreign Languages
Texas is in the United States. English is the unofficial Official Language of the United
States. That means itís the language we use. Generally, you are going to get kicked if you
start speaking in another language. It annoys those who do not speak Swedish to see it flying
by. So donít.
Don't forget to also check out the rules section. Ok, it may sound
like the people on channel #texas are assholes. Much to the contrary, the majority of us have
met each other and get together regularly. If youíre willing to stick out a few kicks, you
could make a number of good friends!