Wikia utilizes several Wikia IRC channels that are available to provide support for and discussion of all Wikia sites.
The main channel is located at ##wikia on the freenode network. This can also be accessed from Wikia itself (see accessing the channel with a web browser below). You can access the Freenode Channel Here.
Channel information Edit
Channel logs for ##wikia must not be published without prior consent from all chatters involved.
Please note that these channels are hosted by freenode on their network, and not Wikia. While there are often ops in the channel, it is not always fully moderated. Wikia channels other than ##wikia are moderated by Wikia contributors, who again may not always be available. It is advised to add
- !*@freenode/staff/* to your channel's access list so that help is possible from freenode should an op be unavailable in your channel.
See also Wikia IRC rules.
Accessing the channel with a web browser Edit
On the web, you can access the channel with either the CGI:IRC Gateway or [webchat.freenode.net/?channels=wikia Webchat]. You do not need any additional software to access the CGI version - just enter a nickname and click "login". This allows you to talk on various Wikia-related channels (##wikia is the default channel). If you register your nick (see below), you can also privately message any user currently on the freenode network.
When using the gateway, you will see a list of people in the channel on the right hand side. There is also a box with three options (Query, Whois, and Kick). These are actions which can be carried out on other users by selecting a user name and then selecting one of these options.
Query allows you to privately message another person. This is always possible unless the person has enabled a mode to block messages from unregistered users (this is off by default)
Whois will give you some basic information about a user, including either their IP name or cloak, the channels they are in (unless they choose to hide that information or the channels are marked as private), whether they are "identified to services" (logged in with a registered IRC nick), their real name if they provided one.
Kick will remove a user from the channel. This can only be used if you are are a channel op (admin). It only temporarily removes a user. See below for details on how to actually block them from returning.
See the CGI:IRC help page for more information.
Connecting from Wikia EditHere on Community Central, chat is a great place get help with starting a wiki or have any questions answered on wiki editing.
We want to make Chat a welcoming and helpful place for new and returning visitors alike. In order to best provide an environment in which we can give help and support to users who need it, please keep in mind the following guidelines when using Chat.
- Be polite - Everyone else on Chat is a Wikia user just like you! Speak to them like you would want to be spoken to yourself. Real people use these sites, so treat them as you would someone in person. Avoid personal attacks and offensive slurs, as this can easily offend other users. Be excellent to each other.
- Be welcoming - New users join Wikia every day! Remember when you were a newbie? Everyone is welcome at Community Central, regardless of what wiki they're from or what language they speak.
- Be patient - You may ask a question when no one is around to answer it. If no one appears to be active, stick around for a while or try coming back later. When in doubt, feel free to send questions or concerns to Special:Contact.
- Be a catalyst - If nobody's talking, try bringing up something you want to discuss. Need help on your wiki? Seen any good movies? Have an awesome day at school or work? These are all are good starting points for conversation.
- Try not to flood or disrupt the chatroom - Doing so makes it difficult for users to communicate and answer questions, as messages quickly disappear. This includes (but is not limited to) typing random letters, typing each word of a sentence on a different line, creating ASCII art, or lines in ALL CAPS. PLEASE DON'T SHOUT! (╯°□°）╯︵ ┻━┻
- Feel free to tell people about your wiki - While Chat is an awesome place to try and find new editors, please keep in mind that not everyone may be interested your wiki's subject. Feel free to add it to this list, or create a blog post to let everyone know about it!
- Keep it fun! - Chat should be fun for all participants. Chat is a great tool for meeting great people and building community, so relax, enjoy yourself, and help others have a good time, too! :)
Tips & TricksEdit
- There are a wide variety of emoticons which can be used in Chat. For the full list, see MediaWiki:Emoticons.
- Links work exactly the same in Chat as they do in the editor. For example, typing [[Forum:Index]] in Chat results in Forum:Index - the main forum page of Community Central.
- You can make shorter links to other wikis by using an interwiki link. For example, typing [[w:c:starwars]] in Chat results in w:c:starwars - an easy way to link to Wookieepedia (http://starwars.wikia.com).
- You can also link to specific pages using this method. Typing [[w:c:avatar:Aang]] in Chat results in a link to the Aang page on Avatar Wiki (http://avatar.wikia.com/wiki/Aang).
- Bored on chat? Check out some awesome tips from DangerousDangerously on what to do when chat is "dead".
How to connect with an IRC client Edit
If you already have an IRC client, the link irc://irc.freenode.net/##wikia should work from your browser.
If you do not yet have an IRC client, you need to obtain one:
- If your web browser is Firefox, try ChatZilla.
- If your web browser is Opera, simply click on any IRC link, such as ##wikia.
- Both mIRC and XChat are popular.
- Linux users may be interested in irssi and some Ubuntu Linux versions can use ChatZilla as an add on.
- The IRC article on Wikipedia for details on the software available.
- You can also connect to IRC by an online client such as mvIRC
Once you have downloaded a client, you can join freenode by typing
/server irc.freenode.net and then join the channel by typing
How to connect (full version) Edit
- Use the /server command to connect to the server, e.g. /server irc.freenode.net
- Choose a nickname by typing /nick <nickname>, e.g. /nick JohnDoe. Nicknames can be up to 16 characters long. You can use letters and numbers (no spaces or symbols).
- Join the channel by typing /join ##wikia. Channels are the equivalent of chat rooms on IRC.
- For help type /help. Commands on most IRC clients have to be preceded by a '/', channel names by a '#'.
- Optional: You can register your nick with the nickserv service. See below.
- Read the help and readme files of the client you installed for more information.
How to obtain an IRC client Edit
All you need is an IRC client installed on your machine.
Once downloaded and installed perform the following steps (most IRC clients also provide graphical interfaces to common commands).
How to register your nickname and identifyEdit
You can register your nick with the nickserv service. Type /msg nickserv register <password> <e-mail>, e.g. /msg nickserv register foo email@example.com. After registering you must verify your registration using your provided e-mail otherwise it will be automatically dropped after 24 hours. When logging on later on type /msg nickserv identify <password> so that nickserv can identify you as the owner of a nick. For more help, type /msg nickserv help.
- "/msg nickserv help" or "/msg chanserv help" is how to get official freenode help on this matter.
- What you will see once you've registered:
-NickServ- This nickname is owned by someone else -NickServ- If this is your nickname, type /msg NickServ IDENTIFY <password>
Channel operators and blocking Edit
In case of problems with the channel, please contact an op. You can find one by typing:
/msg chanserv access #channelname list
If you cause disruption to the channel, you may be blocked. To appeal the block, please contact an admin of the relevant channel. Please note that freenode staff will not intervene in channel matters.
Channel operators should be careful when banning users of the CGI:IRC gateway. Make sure you ban the user's IP address and not the Wikia gateway. For example banning *!aabbcc*@* is the same as banning *!*@aa.bb.cc.* normally. (Each part of the IP is represented by two letters).
Alternatively, block the username only, for example firstname.lastname@example.org rather than *!*@box1.tpa.wikia-inc.com.
To convert the hex to an IP for someone using the CGI gateway, use can be used to convert hex to an IP at this site. For example, for i=a5e4830c@gateway/web/..., a5e4830c converts to 184.108.40.206.
See also Edit
- IRC channel scripts
- IRC Help Archive
- Freenode home page
- Freenode FAQ
- Wikia IRC rules
- Volunteer Spam Taskforce
- Access by Java Freenode Client
Details on other wiki IRC channels, and instructions for channel ops, can be found on the IRC instructions page at Meta, from which part of this page was taken.
Related channels Edit
Non-Wikia channels, but related to the wiki world