About the #london.pm IRC channel

Where is the IRC channel?

To join the channel, connect to irc.perl.org, and /join #london.pm

What is a bot?

A bot is a program that responds to events on IRC (like people speaking) with useful information.

There's an informal convention on #london.pm that bots receive voice (+v) but not ops (+o), so you can tell them from people who will either be opped or unopped, but rarely have voice.

What is dipsy?

dipsy is an infobot that acts as a kind of community memory. For example, you can say to dipsy dipsy, next meeting? and it will tell you when the meeting is.

dipsy learns as things are said on channel; there's no real need to learn how to teach it things (as you'll catch yourself up as often as you make things better.)

dipsy also knows how to read in RSS feeds from news sites such as slashdot (dipsy, slashdot and use.perl.org (dipsy, use perl rss) and more (dipsy, rss feeds) find out the weather (dipsy, weather for EGLC) and much more (dipsy, help).

In addition, dipsy measures 'karma', which can be given or removed by saying the name of something followed by ++ or --. You can also give a reason for this after a comment tag (#) which will be stored. For example,

dipsy++ # knows things
(my computer)-- # a bit rubbish really

You can find out the karma of an item by asking dipsy, karma for dipsy and you can find out why something has the karma it has by asking dipsy, explain karma netscape.

What is scribot?

scribot is a bot that records what has been said and places it on a web page. Usually, this is a URL followed by a comment. You can see items that we've added on the scribot.com site.

What is pasty?

pasty is a pastebot. You can go to a web page, enter a large block of text and have the bot tell the IRC channel a web page where the content can be seen.

Many IRC regulars will appreciate your choice not to 'spam' the channel if you're posting a large code fragment or quote.

If you don't want to launch a web browser, you can use pasty's 'view' command to see it on the IRC channel itself. Say 'pasty, help' in a private message.

If you don't want to use pasty, and you need to paste in a large block of code or a quote, please at least change your nick to '|', partly so that it looks nicer, and partly so that people can ignore the pastes if they want.

What is tbot?

tbot is a bot that takes messages and reminders for people who may not be on channel at the time, but who you expect to return later.

What is slavorg?

As I mentioned earlier, usually people on #london.pm have ops. slavorg is a bot to keep it that way, by opping people who it 'trusts'. It also gives voice to bots it 'believes'.