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= Fedora IRC Channel Code of Conduct =
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= I want to know about IRC...  =
  
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* [[Getting_started_with_IRC_support | How do I get started with IRC?]]
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* [[Communicating_and_getting_help#IRC| What is IRC, and what channels are available?]]
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* [[How_to_use_IRC#How_to_install_X-Chat| How do I install XChat?]]
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* [[Using Internet Messenger for IRC | Can I use the Internet Messenger application for IRC?]]
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* [[How_to_use_IRC#Registration| I try and /join #fedora and I end up in #fedora-unregistered. What happened]]
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* [[How_to_use_IRC#What_is_the_difference_between_NickServ_Password_and_Server_Password_in_X-Chat| What is the difference between a "NickServ password" and a "Server password" in XChat?]]
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* [[How_to_use_IRC#What_are_the_Basic_IRC_commands| What are the basic IRC commands?]]
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* [[How_to_use_IRC#How_to_create_Fedora_IRC_cloaks_for_the_freenode_network| How do I make my name appear as "fedora/username" in IRC?]]
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* [[How_to_use_IRC#How_to_join_Fedora_Project_IRC_Meeting| How do I join an IRC meeting?]]
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* [[How_to_use_IRC#Meeting_Protocol| What is the proper protocol for Fedora IRC Meetings?]]
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* [[Fedora_Channel_FAQ| How do I maximize the support I receive on IRC?]]
  
= General IRC Etiquette =
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= I want to know about Fedora... =
=== Away Messages ===
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* [[Fedora-EOL-Support| What does it mean when my Fedora Release is EOL?]]
There is absolutely nothing worse than any type of away message that generates noise. Especially on a busy channel, where such a thing can result in instant banning. Generally, it's in your best interests to turn off all broadcasting "aways" that your IRC client may have. When using a new IRC client, before connecting to a server or going away, you should check to make sure that your away message settings are all set to silent. Especially since a few popular IRC clients come with away message broadcasting enabled by default. Now that I've told you all of this, I'm sure that I shouldn't even have to mention that switching your name based on your various periods of inactivity can also be rather annoying, especially when overused.
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* [[Upgrading_from_pre-release_to_final | Can I upgrade to a Fedora final release from an Alpha, Beta, or other pre-release?]]
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* [[Upgrading | I have an older Fedora release. Can I upgrade my existing installation?]]
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* '''[http://fedoraproject.org/get-fedora Where can I get Fedora? ]'''
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* [[ Bugs/Common | Common solutions to problems?]]
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* [[ Join | How do I join Fedora Project and contribute?]]
  
=== Nick Changes ===
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= How to Behave in IRC =
Constantly changing your nick to let us know what you are doing is just as annoying as using an away message. It is not necessary that we know that you are going to the bathroom by changing your nick to John-Doe-Pissin or that you have wondered outside to check the mail by changing your nick to John-Doe-Postalbox. No matter what you do, nick changes you perform show directly into the channel and get very annoying to see constantly. If you are going to be away from the computer, simply use an away message that does not announce when you do /away Gone Pissin to the channels you are in. Pick a nick and stick with it for as long as you shall live. Or if you want to constantly change nicks, do it BEFORE you get into the channel or AFTER you leave the channel. Buffer space is quite precious and doesn't need to be filled with: John-Doe is away Cuz I need to piss or John-Doe is now known as John-Doe-Pissin.
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=== L33t Speak ===
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* [[Communicate/IRC/Participants| Fedora Participants Guidelines]] - These guidelines apply to the conduct of users who are seeking information/support or are looking to participate in Fedora's IRC channels.
On IRC, it's very important for users to be able to understand what you're saying, so, obviously, sp43k1ng with symbols and numbers in the place of letters is not a very good thing to do if you really want to be taken seriously. Using painfully bad grammar and ridiculous amounts of nothing but smiles generally go along with l33t speak and both practices are frowned on.
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* [[IRC helpers code of conduct]] - These guidelines apply to the conduct of the #fedora channel helpers.
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* [[IRC operators code of conduct]] - These guidelines apply to the conduct of the #fedora channel operators.
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* [[Fedora_Channel_FAQ | General IRC Etiquette]] - These are general guidelines for using the Fedora IRC Channels.
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* [http://freenode.net/faq.shtml Freenode Frequently Asked Questions]
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* [http://freenode.net/catalysts.shtml Become a Catalyst for problem solving]
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* [[Zodbot]] - How to use the [http://sourceforge.net/projects/supybot/ supybot] instance connected to many Fedora IRC channels
  
=== No Flaming ===
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= Fedora Support Channel Meeting Information =
"Flaming" is what people do when they express a strongly held opinion without holding back any emotion. It's the kind of message that makes people respond, "Oh come on, tell us how you really feel." Tact is not its objective. Topics that lead to flame wars are discussions about other Distributions or Window Managers, this is not the channel for that type of discussion, it leads to arguments and unfairly monopolizes bandwidth from users that need legitimate help.
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=== Punctuation ===
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The IRC Support Special Interest Group holds meetings every week at 17:00UTC in #fedora-meeting. These meetings are open to any interested parties to help discuss and improve Fedora irc support.
It is also very important to understand that using excessive punctuation isn't necessary as well. If you ask a question and use 10 ?'s after it doesn't automatically mean everyone is going to jump up and start answering your question just because you feel it to be so very urgent. The best way to handle things is to type your sentences/questions just as if you would in real life on paper or something similar. Excessive punctuation only draws attention to you as being in a hurry and sometimes it's even considered rude. One exclamation point(!) or one question mark(?) is plenty of punctuation to get your point across.
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=== Asking Questions Properly ===
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* [[Communicate/IRC/Support_Channel_Meetings| Fedora Support Channel Meeting Information]]
If you go to a channel and need help with something remember to be polite to those that you're asking for help; of course, that is if you want a response. Remember that the people there are not there for the single purpose of helping you, they also have other things to do and thus if you're being rude and nasty, chances are that they will do those other things instead of helping you with your problem. And you could be kicked and/or banned from the channel if rudeness persists. And it's always good to say thank you after being helped by someone (regardless of whether they were successful in fixing your problem). It doesn't take a lot of effort and it really is a good thing to do, if only because it makes people more willing to help you in the future if they remember you as being nice. Finally, when posing a question, your best bet is to paste all pertinent information on http://fpaste.org/,  http://rafb.net/, or http://pastebin.com/. Then, give a brief synopsis of your problem in the appropriate channel with a link to your pasted errors and other information. Pay attention to the information your receive, if someone is abusive or unhelpful, simply ignore them and do not respond at all. Fighting or arguing with others (even if you believe you're right) will only make you look bad and unnecessarily complicate your issue. This is the internet, let it go.
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=== Common Sense ===
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[[Category:Communicate]] [[Category:IRC_Support]]
Altogether, there is no better way to figure out what is tolerated in a channel and what is *not* tolerated in a channel by asking someone, reading the topic, or reading any rules webpage for that channel.
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Freenode.net also offers an list of Freenode Frequently Asked Questions about IRC.

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[edit] I want to know about IRC...

[edit] I want to know about Fedora...

[edit] How to Behave in IRC

[edit] Fedora Support Channel Meeting Information

The IRC Support Special Interest Group holds meetings every week at 17:00UTC in #fedora-meeting. These meetings are open to any interested parties to help discuss and improve Fedora irc support.