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Instructables IRC? Answered

I was just thinking -- maybe instructables should have an IRC channel(s)? It might be an interesting way to chat...

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fwjs28
fwjs28

10 years ago

it would be better then the meebo chat room in the tech forum....

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whatsisface
whatsisface

12 years ago

NO WAY I was thinking of this exact thing last night...

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fwjs28
fwjs28

Reply 10 years ago

:P me too (except it was 5 mins ago)

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Goodhart
Goodhart

12 years ago

Ok, I have mIRC downloaded....I won't be able to install today....time to get ready for work...but later.....then what ?

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zachninme
zachninme

Reply 12 years ago

Server: irc.freenode.org Channel: #instructables See if you can get it, I dont know my way around mIRC ;-)

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 12 years ago

Ok, well it will have to be sometime tomorrow, since I am currently at work and they wouldn't want me installing mIRC on the LAN LOL

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 12 years ago

I think I found it - I saw a list that included "iblesrobot" and "freethinker", but I recognised nothing that looked like a conversation. I'm off now - it's too late to think about new software and I'm off to London tomorrow.

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zachninme
zachninme

Reply 12 years ago

Aww!
its therethinker -- and thats me :-)

I was eating dinner... and no one happened to be in it...

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Bran
Bran

Reply 12 years ago

Hmm, I seem to be the only one on. AFK?

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Kiteman
Kiteman

12 years ago

> Dopey question - what's an "IRC channel"?

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

Reply 12 years ago

. Internet Relay Chat. It's been around since shortly after Al Gore invented the Internet. Not as popular as it used to be. Channels are like "rooms" where groups of ppl meet to type at the same time. Imagine typing msgs in real time in one of the Ible groups.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 12 years ago

Sort of like msn? Hmm... Not so sure that's such a good idea. I am starting to think that the forums need splitting properly into topic areas. Maybe not by groups, since many groups have almost no traffic, but by... er... "uber-groups", with similar-themed groups sharing a forum.

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zachninme
zachninme

Reply 12 years ago

Maybe the splitting of forums by category?

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 12 years ago

Probably a good start.

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ll.13
ll.13

Reply 12 years ago

I heartily second this proposal. ..in fact.......

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zachninme
zachninme

Reply 12 years ago

Actually, I don't think we need to quite yet. The activitiy is low enough to be able to sort it all out, and if you need to, you can always sort them.

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zachninme
zachninme

Reply 12 years ago

Wow... nevermind on the sorting thing, I could have sworn you could do Life/Tech/etc for forums...

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ll.13
ll.13

Reply 12 years ago

Well there's loads and loads of topics, new topics stay at the top for awhile and then sink below, and now and then an old topics floats back... there's only the Search for finding anything. =)

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Brennn10
Brennn10

Reply 12 years ago

Or just putting KNEX into their own category?

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zachninme
zachninme

Reply 12 years ago

They need meta groups or something... Groups that we can group groups into. Categories are good, but they're only for instructables...

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gyromild
gyromild

Reply 12 years ago

IRC was somewhat the IN thing around 10 years ago, and I think thats where initialisms like LOL, ROTFL, IMHO, etc gained popularity..
If you are curious, check out www.mirc.com and download the program.
Today, IRC is not that popular and is considered by some as the back-alleys of the internet.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

12 years ago

If anyone was "around" during the days of the "ChatPlanet", a Java chat that Crackers got to abusing so much that they simply shut the thing down. But at one time, it was one of the most inhabited places on the web.

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

12 years ago

. While I think a chat room(s) would be an excellent idea, I'm not so sure IRC would be the best way to accomplish it. Something that is integrated into the site (I think phpBBS has builtin chat) would be better, IMNSHO. . I do see one possible problem with chat rooms - information loss. Instead of everything being in the more or less permanent iBles/threads, you will have info that evaporates once it scrolls off the top of the screen (except for local logs). . That said, if someone sets up an IRC channel for Ibles, I'll at least check it out. If the S/N ratio is high enough, I'll probably participate.

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zachninme
zachninme

Reply 12 years ago

Well, a bot could always log it. That seems what most sites with them do. We could always use that thing that overlays chat onto any website... the name escapes me right now, but it starts with a "G"

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Weissensteinburg
Weissensteinburg

Reply 12 years ago

But who's going to read up on those chats? The thing I like about ibles is that there's just the ibles and forum, and each are easy for me to catch up on when I've been gone. That's also why I like ibles so much...it's nice and cozy only having the two places - versus other places so vast that you can never be up to date with all of it.

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Brennn10
Brennn10

Reply 12 years ago

I agree. Being a member on past forums, and being gone for a week, it takes days to catch up on every new piece of information because information is in so many forum topics.

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zachninme
zachninme

Reply 12 years ago

Hmm... good point. I never really realized that...
Although backtalk helps a ton.

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Brennn10
Brennn10

Reply 12 years ago

Yea that is true. The other type of chat channel is using a server to live chat using a headset and a microphone. Instructablers could join the server to just chat with other users. But if we ever do get a chat interface, the IRC channel would be easiest.

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whatsisface
whatsisface

Reply 12 years ago

I've got a ventrillo server incidentally...

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Weissensteinburg
Weissensteinburg

Reply 12 years ago

Keep in mind the amount of bandwidth used to sustain a verbal chat.

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Brennn10
Brennn10

Reply 12 years ago

Oh yea, that would be a big factor.

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gyromild
gyromild

12 years ago

From a business standpoint, an IRC channel would potentially divert precious visits and page views away from instructables.com.

Integrating chat feature within the site is the best option. Retaining users within the site and increase potential source of income (ad, sponsorship, etc) that help keep the site afloat / grow.