IRC guidelines

Danish version can be found here

IRC is a common used low bandwidth chat protocol, also known as Internet Relay chat, but in short terms, IRC.



There is a bunch of common and unwritten rules when using IRC, which all who is using it should follow, if they wont, it will often result in a Kill or G-line.

When you get Killed, your IRC connection gets terminated, the kill is more or less the same as when you get kicked from a channel, if you get kicked from a channel, the operator of the channel is telling you to cool down, and you should come back in 10 minutes when you have cooled down, the same thing applies for kill.

However most IRC clients has auto reconnect and auto rejoin functions built-in, therefor most users just ignores them, and continues with what ever they where doing.

Here is G-line more effective, it is a permanent network ban for a specific period of time, a G-line can be related to ban on a channel, this is only effective on a channel basic, and not network like G-line.

G-lines is only used when users don’t react on the kill or kick as stated before.


Common sense

Most IRC network are free to use, the result of that, is a majority of users which don’t respect this free service they are given, and therefor is abusing the service, some don’t even know that they are abusing it.

One of the most common reasons for kills and g-lines, is the /amsg and /ame functions in mIRC, the functions might look harmless, but they are actually destructive and mean.

/ame {action text} Sends the specifed action to all channels which you are currently on.
/amsg {text} Sends the specifed message to all channels which you are currently on.

– mIRC documentation (

As the mIRC documentation states, the commands sends the specified text to all channels you have joined. This means, if your on 15 channels, that your actually sending the same message 15 times to the network.

If you then writes a same message once more using /amsg or /ame, you have now send the same message 30 times to the network.

A network like QuakeNet has around 150.000 users connected to their network all the time, if we would say 5% of them was making amsgs / ames at the same time and is on an average of 10 channels per user, then there would be sent 75.000 messages, which is at least 67.000 completely unnecessary messages, and a completely waste of bandwidth, both for the users, and for the QuakeNet network.



Spamming & Advertising
Massive spamming and/or advertising (ie. promoting your website, product, channel, whatever) in channels or queries is forbidden.

– QuakeNet FAQ Rules (

As stated in the QuakeNet rule set, massive spamming is forbidden, and with our former calculations, 67.000 unnecessary messages is spamming, it does not matter if your only doing it once a day, a week, a month or a year. You are spamming the network.



/amsg and /ame is just two spam functions in mIRC, nothing else, if you don’t care about rules, since it’s free to use the network anyway, then your just another parasite which, IMO, just should be shoot, forgotten and left on the sidewalk.


-!- Irssi: Unknown command: amsg
-!- Irssi: Unknown command: ame

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