'''IRC''' (standing for '''Internet Relay Chat''') provides a chatroom environment for real-time discussions with other UESP editors. Our chatroom is set up at '''[irc://irc.chatspike.net/UESPWiki #UESPWiki on irc.chatspike.net]'''. To quickly join the channel in your browser (without installing any software), you can use '''[http://www.skyhighway.com/~nephele/pjirc/javairc.html our java client].'''
==How to Join==
===Getting an IRC Client===
An IRC client is similar to your web browser; if you use our java client, then your web browser will actually be your IRC client. Your IRC client allows you to join any of the hundreds of available IRC networks. Each network hosts hundreds, if not thousands, of channels (also known as chatrooms). Each channel is devoted to a different topic. You can simultaneously join as many channels as you like.
Recommended clients for newcomers:
* [http://www.skyhighway.com/~nephele/pjirc/javairc.html Our java client] automatically takes you to #UESPWiki. The java client is the fastest and easiest way to join the channel, and does not require you to download any software.
* [http://www.icechat.net/site/ IceChat] is one of several IRC clients that can be downloaded and installed on your computer. While it's not as powerful as mIRC, IceChat is more intuitive and easier to understand and configure.
* [http://www.ircbeginner.com/ircinfo/mirc.html mIRC] is a more powerful IRC client that also requires you to download it and install it.
Many other IRC clients are also available, any of which can be used to access #UESPWiki.
===Connecting to the Channel===
Unless you use the java client, your client will need to know a little information about how to get to the channel. The following is the information that you will need to connect to the channel and a brief description of what the information is used for.
* '''Nickname''' – <tt>''Whatever you would like to be called.''</tt> – Using your wiki editor name will allow everyone else to recognize you, but you can choose any nickname you want. This nickname will appear next to anything that you say in the channel.
* '''Username''' – If you're asked for this, just use the same name as your nickname. The username doesn't have a major role in chatrooms, but it will be seen as part of your "host address" by other people.
* '''Server, Network, Address, et cetera''' – ''irc.chatspike.net'' – The network that hosts the channel.
* '''Port''' – <tt>6667</tt> – Most IRC networks use the default port 6667, and ChatSpike is no exception. Don't be surprised if this value is already filled in.
Once your client has all of this information, you'll be able to connect to the server. Push the connect button on your client, or if your client doesn't have one or if you can't find it, type this into the console window:
:<code>/server irc.chatspike.net 6667</code>
When you connect, you will see a fair bit of information about the Chatspike network appear on your screen. You have just connected to the ChatSpike network. To join #UESPWiki, you just need to type this into the console window:
...and you'll be in the channel!
To say something in the channel, just type something in and hit enter. Pretty simple, eh? <tt>:)</tt>
There are hundreds of available commands, but only a handful are commonly needed:
* <code>/nick [name]</code> – Use this if you want to change your nickname once you've connected. If you use the java client, you'll want to use this once you join so you don't have the default "UESPUser" name.
* <code>/me [say something here]</code> – Let's you talk in third person. For example, typing in "/me goes shopping." would result in "User goes shopping."
* <code>/join #[channel name]</code> – This puts you in another channel. There's a list of Elder Scrolls related channel on the bottom of the page.
* <code>/leave #[channel name] [reason (optional)]</code> – Leave a channel that you joined. You can also provide a reason why you left if you'd like. You will still stay connected to chatspike and any other channels on chatspike.
* <code>/quit [reason (optional)]</code> – Quit chatspike completely, disconnecting from all IRC channels.
One more thing: Don't forget to remove the brackets (the "[" and "]") when you're typing in the commands. They're just used in the list above so you know not to type in what's between them verbatim.
The basic intent of the chatroom is to allow amicable, informal discussions about UESPWiki and the UESP site in general:
* '''UESP content''': The primary purpose of the channel is to allow discussions about UESP
** Examples of common topics are: questions about wiki syntax, feedback on new articles, coordinating collaborative projects, etc.
** General questions about how to play Elder Scrolls games are also common, although there are other chatrooms that are better suited to such questions than #UESPWiki (see [[#Other Elder Scrolls Channels|Other Elder Scrolls Channels]]).
** Off-topic discussion is fine (and happens all the time), but should not interrupt UESP-related discussions.
* '''Informal''': All chatroom discussions are informal.
** Logs of chatroom discussions should not be posted or distributed.
** Statements made by other contributors in IRC should not be quoted.
** The chatroom cannot be used to make decisions.
* '''Amicable''': Discussions should attempt to strive to maintain a civil and, if possible, friendly tone.
** All [[UESPWiki:Policies and Guidelines|behavioral policies]] on the wiki are in effect in the channel.
** Issues where there are major disagreements are better discussed on the wiki (see [[#IRC and UESP|IRC and UESP]]). If any participant in a discussion feels uncomfortable with the tone, he/she should suggest that the discussion be moved to the wiki.
The [[#Channel Operators|channel operators]] have authority to enforce these guidelines as they see fit, in particular in cases where one channel user is disrupting other users of the channel.
Some other guidelines that apply to all discussions on #UESPWiki are:
* Please keep discussions PG-rated at most. This means minimal swearing, no overtly sexual content, and no general explicitness.
* The channel does not support law breaking of any kind. Such behavior will be reported to the network staff, and most likely your internet service provider.
* All bots and automated scripts must be approved by an operator before going live. In particular, an operator must know exactly what the bot or script is intended to do.
* Upon entering the channel, glance over the topic to see if there are any relevant notices.
For more guidelines on channel etiquette, you can see freenode's [http://freenode.net/channel_guidelines.shtml Channel Guidelines], as well as the [http://chatspike.net/index.php?z=6 network rules] for ChatSpike, the IRC network we use.
===Modifying IRC Guidelines===
These guidelines are subject to community consensus, just the same as any other policy on UESP. If any member of the community believes that modifications to the guidelines (other than typos, grammar) are needed, the changes should be proposed on the [[UESPWiki Talk:IRC|IRC talk page]]. If a community reaches a [[UESPWiki:Consensus|consensus]] in favor of the change, then it will be implemented into the main article.
===IRC and UESP===
IRC is a useful tool for real-time discussions with other UESP editors. Often questions can be answered more quickly in IRC than by posting them on the wiki. However, IRC also has limitations that need to be taken into account. Any time you need to be sure that information is correct (such as a fact about the game, or being sure of someone else's opinion), it is better to use the wiki than IRC. In real life chatting with someone over lunch is quick and convenient, but still verbal agreements can not replace written agreements. Similarly, the wiki rather than IRC should be used for anything that needs to be "in writing".
Some of the reasons why IRC is not an appropriate forum for formal discussions, such as making decisions or establishing consensus, are:
* The entire UESPWiki community needs to be able to contribute to any such discussions.
* Formal discussions need to be recorded for future reference.
* Contributors need to be free to take their time to read what others have said, reach an opinion, write their comments, and review those comments before contributing.
For example, if you have an idea, IRC is a useful place to get preliminary feedback from other editors. Other editors might provide suggestions about how to improve the idea, or be able to point to other similar examples. Based on the discussion, you might choose to substantially revise your initial idea, or maybe everyone liked the idea as is, and now you feel more confident about proceeding.
However, even if everyone in IRC approved of your idea, that does not mean that you have the UESP community's consensus. The guidelines on the [[UESPWiki:Consensus|consensus]] article should still be used to determine whether or not the idea needs to be discussed on the wiki. When you summarize the idea on the wiki, you should only present your own opinions; do not try to speak for anyone else who was involved in the IRC discussion. Anyone else is then free to contribute to the wiki discussion with their opinion, including any editors who were involved in IRC. And it is very possible that other editors may state something very different than what they stated in IRC (i.e., they misunderstood your proposal initially, or made a typo in their response, or even just changed their mind after thinking about it some more). Only opinions posted to the wiki discussion should be taken into account.
These considerations also apply to IRC policy. This wiki article and its [[UESPWiki Talk:IRC|talk page]] are where IRC policy established, not the IRC channel.
The '''channel operators''' are trusted members of the community who therefore have special status in the channel. In the IRC channel, they have symbols next to their names (<code>~</code>, <code>&</code>, <code>@</code>, and <code>%</code>) so that they can easily be identified as people who are knowledgeable about the wiki. They also have some special privileges in case it is necessary to enforce the channel's guidelines.
By default, wiki administrators are given operator privileges in the IRC channel, and wiki patrollers are given half-operator privileges. The wiki nomination processes have already established that these editors are trusted by the community. However, not all wiki administrators or patrollers make use of the IRC channel. Those who have registered with IRC are:
** '''[[User:Ratwar|Ratwar]]''' (also has founder status in the channel, so his symbol is "~")
** '''[[User:TheRealLurlock|TheRealLurlock]]''' (generally just goes by "Lurlock" in IRC)
==Other Elder Scrolls Channels==
These Elder Scrolls channels are also available at chatspike.net:
* [irc://irc.chatspike.net/elderscrolls #elderscrolls] – The "official unofficial" Elder Scrolls channel, off topic discussion welcome, but no spoilers.
** [irc://irc.chatspike.net/eshelp #eshelp] – An off-shoot of #elderscrolls for people who need help with one of the Elder Scrolls games.
** [irc://irc.chatspike.net/estrivia #estrivia] – An off-shoot of #elderscrolls where people can test their knowledge about the Elder Scrolls series with others.
* [irc://irc.chatspike.net/til #til] – Official chatroom for [http://til.gamingsource.net/ The Imperial Library]
* [irc://irc.chatspike.net/tamriel #tamriel] – Official chatroom for the [http://tamriel-rebuilt.org/ Tamriel Rebuilt] project
* [irc://irc.chatspike.net/elderchat #elderchat] – An Elder Scrolls chatroom and help channel, off topic discussion welcome
* [irc://irc.chatspike.net/#earthly-delights #earthly-delights] – An Elder Scrolls based room that allows unregulated and explicit conversations
Channels on other IRC servers include:
* [irc://irc.efnet.net/oblivionmod Oblivion Mod] - Frequented visited by modders from the official forums.
* [irc://irc.gamesurge.net/oblivion #Oblivion] and [irc://irc.gamesurge.net/morrowind #Morrowind] on Gamesurge
* [irc://irc.quakenet.org/oblivion QuakeNet's Oblivion IRC]
* [irc://irc.quakenet.org/oblivion-cs Construction Set]