FireLion Internet Relay Chat (IRC)
With the passing of Lycanthrope.Org's IRC server, I have brought up this
IRC server to be its replacement. I was part of the original IRC server for
the were community way back in the day, and even ran it on my own for some
time, so I figured we would come full circle, and I would take up the reins
of the IRC server. This document is intended to tell you the differences
between this server and the irc.lycanthrope.org server, and how to use it.
Although this server was brought up for a particular community, it is not
limited to it. This server is free for anyone to use.
Your IRC administrator is Leo. You may contact him by e-mail at
The following text is copied from irc.lycanthrope.org's Message of the Day.
It's still relevant and correct, so it is reproduced here (with appropriate edits). Many thanks to Bear X for putting up with running IRC for so long.
Okay, folks, the rules here are simple. It's like boxing. Keep it
clean in deed if not in word. This place only works if EVERYONE
respects each other. We all have different opinions, and that's
fine, but RESPECT them.
Bill & Ted put it best: "Be excellent to each other, and party on, dudes!"
Channels are NOT a limited resource. If you don't like a channel,
make a different one, where you can discuss what you like. Instead
of goofing with someone else's place, it's much more respectful to
just move on. Think what Ghandi would have done, and do that.
Unlike the real world, these resources are NOT finite. (Well,
within reason, but this server has enough memory to hold quite a few
Keep in mind there are no promises, warranties, or guarantees with
this server. Because it is run by volunteers, on donated space, it
is subject to be terminated, or this document changed, without notice.
I'm not big on rules, and the above passage should give you the basic idea.
I'll just mention a couple specific items.
- Bots are not permitted without prior permission from the server
administrator. Send e-mail to the address above if you have a compelling
reason to run one.
- Harrassment of users, attempts to impair the proper operation of
the server or its host, and violations of the law are strictly
prohibited, and we will take any and all necessary steps to ensure the
integrity of our server. This service is a privilege donated by a
willing volunteer, and can be revoked at any time.
- The following information is collected and logged by the server:
No record is kept of channel creations, channel conversations, or
private messages. Server operators can query the server for a list of
all users and channels, regardless of invisible or secret status,
while the system is live for the purposes of administration, but no
record of channels is kept. Content of channels and private messages
are available only to the participants under normal circumstances. We will endeavor to preserve
your privacy as much as possible, but realize that in the course of
administration, such details may be captured. These will only be used
to ensure proper operation of the service, ensure our integrity, and
comply with the law as applicable. No guarantees of privacy are provided,
however, and traffic may be captured when necessary.
- Time and date of all connections and disconnections.
- Nickname, username, and hostname at time of connection and disconnection.
- Total connected time at disconnection.
- Attempts, successful and unsuccessful, to access privileged operator commands.
- No censoring is done on channels. The server will not disconnect anyone
for posting URLs or using profanity. Conduct on channels is up to the
- These policies are subject to change without notice at any time.
Connecting to IRC
The IRC server is located at irc.firelion.org, port 6667.
Direct your client to that address, on either port; it does not matter which
If your IRC client is capable of using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)
for encrypted communication, the IRC client also provides an SSL port at
mIRC comes with support for secure connections. All you need to do is install the Win32 Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) package available here. Then restart mIRC. Then, when you configure for irc.firelion.org, instead of port 6667, tell it to use port +6994. Be sure to include the plus sign, as this tells mIRC it is a secured connection.
If you have an IPv6-enabled host and IRC client, you can connect to IRC
over IPv6 by using the same address irc.firelion.org.
- The IRC server is called "Unreal" and it is designed for very large IRC
networks. So, unlike on the old server, you cannot type '/names' by itself
from off-channel and get a listing of the entire server. This is hard-coded
into the source code, and I don't want to go toying with the source code to
try and change this. There are alternatives, however:
- You can still use '/list' to get a listing of all public channels on the
server. You can then use '/names' on them individually; as in '/names #folks'
or '/names #edge'.
- You can still use '/who 0' to get a long listing of all people on the
server. This long listing gives you the nicknames, modes, user@hostname
masks, and real name field. This will only list one of the channels (if any)
a user is on; you can use '/whois' on an individual nick to see all the
channels they are on.
- This IRC server offers various new user modes, channel modes, and commands.
An excerpt from the server documentation that lists all of this information
is available here. All commands you already know
still work the same, except as noted above.
- You may wish to make use of
usermode +x (/mode YourNick +x), which will cause the server to hide the
first part of your hostname in /who and /whois, so other users cannot locate
your exact point of origin.
- I have running Services for IRC Networks. These are the services you've
seen on other IRC networks, that allow the registration of nicknames and
channels. We have not typically had these before. However, I feel they
provide valuable services, and have included them. You can get a list of
commands for any of the service by sending it a '/msg' with the word HELP,
such as '/msg NickServ help'. A basic introduction is available, and the full documentation is linked below. The following services are provided:
- NickServ: Allows registration and protection of a nickname. This
allows you to protect your identity online, and also force your nick to be
disconnected when you have connectivity problems, rather than having to wait
for a ping timeout. Please be sure you only use this facility for nicknames
which you actively use, and are not already used by another user on the
system. Note that nicknames must be logged into at least once every
sixty days, or they will expire.
- Registration: You can register your nickname by connecting with that nickname,
and then '/msg NickServ REGISTER <password> <email>', where <password> is your
desired nickname password and <email> is your current email address.
- Identify:You can
then identify with this nickname with '/msg NickServ IDENTIFY <password>'.
- Kick off ghosted sessions: '/msg Nickserv GHOST <nickname> <password>' will disconnect a session that has become 'ghosted', so you do not have to wait for a ping timeout. You can then resume your rightful nickname.
- See '/msg NickServ HELP COMMANDS' or the this link below for other
- ChanServ: Allows registration and protection of channels. Popular
server channels have already been registered so that no individual user can
claim ownership over them, but users are now free to register private channels
for their own purposes. Please do not abuse this facility. Because of
political problems with this functionality on other servers, its abuse may
lead to its cancellation. You may register a channel with '/msg ChanServ
REGISTER <channel> <password> <description>'. You must be
on the channel with channel operator (+o) privileges to register it. Please
consult ChanServ's help facility or
online documentation for the facilities available to registered channels.
The popular channels already registered are: #edge, #folks, #Dragons_Den, and
#europe. Please contact the server
administrator for issues with these channels.
- MemoServ: This allows people with registered nicknames to leave
memo messages for each other, that will be delivered when the recipient
connects to IRC. This offers an alternative to using e-mail.
You can learn about using it here.
- If you choose to register your nickname, you can have your IRC
client automatically identify you by putting your nickname password in the
'Password' field for the server configuration. Your password will be sent
to the NickServ for identification immediately upon connect. This saves you
from having to additionally `/NickServ IDENTIFY' manually.
If you have any questions, comments, or complaints, you may direct them
to the server administrator at the e-mail address above.
Last modified: Sunday 7 August 2011