The MFGG IRC is the unofficial IRC chatroom of MFGG. It has moved back and forth between the servers of OFTC and BadnikNET, currently settling in OFTC once again. There is also another IRC chatroom on EsperNET, intended to operate more closely with MFGG's own rules.
EsperNet - #MFGG
On December 6th, 2015, Cap'n Coconuts created an alternative IRC channel on EsperNet, dubbing it The NEW MFGG IRC. The chat aims to be a prime candidate for being an official chatoom, should the MFGG administration choose to acknowledge it as such. Thus, it is designed to be a friendly environment open to all MFGGers, with rules similar to the forum rules. This chat also features CocoBot, a multi-purpose bot that greets users, hosts a number of games, rolls dice, and kicks users who use forum-filtered profanities.
OFTC - #mfggirc
At some point in late 2009, the BadnikNET #mfgg channel was permanently muted and the members moved back over to OFTC.net, with Quicky becoming an Op once again.
This is currently the 4th iteration of the channel, which used to be on Mysteria (currently a defunct IRC server). The channel's population varies depending on the time of day. Users should note that the old #mfggirc has little to do with MFGG nowadays, being a bit more like a Minus World channel instead.
BadnikNET - #mfgg
Black Squirrel, an ex-admin of MFGG, took a great interest in the chatroom after the move to BadnikNET, and in November/December 2008 put together a timetable for IRC events in an attempt to make the chatroom more active. It has so far worked reasonably well.
The channel was once "protected" by a retired Goonbot, who acts as a ChanServ bot and automatically kicks people for excess flooding. Goonbot itself has been met with mixed reviews, though it has received various tweaks since to be a bit fairer. Like all chatrooms on BadnikNET, it was also home to Motobug, a bot that simply records posting data. Motobug doesn't actually do anything inside of the chatroom however - it just logs things.
The activities on the MFGG IRC have occasionally provoked controversy, especially in the drama-laden year of 2010. Some members, especially those in the administration, felt the risque content that often appears on the IRC didn't reflect well upon MFGG's image, and some IRC members ended up instigating problems that spread onto the forums, including a raid on another forum. There were also frequent accusations that the spring staff members - all of whom were IRC regulars - favored those who used the IRC. These problems are no longer as relevant after The Split, however, and the IRC is active less often today. A large chunk of today's IRC users have left both MFGG and Minus World.
This incarnation of MFGG IRC no longer exists.
This is the current set of IRC operators:
- @Cap'n Coconuts (founder)
- @VinnyVideo (successor)
- @Techokami (admin)
- @HylianDev (admin)
- @Gato (mod)
- @Dustinvgmaster (mod)
- @CocoBot (bot)
MFGG staff may be given ops or voice if they join the channel. By default, mainsite or forum admins or tech admins will be given admin or successor roles, while other staff and select model MFGG citizens will be given mod access. Registered staff who are uninterested in channel management will be voiced.
Admins and Global Mods used to qualify for op and regular Mods and Site Staff qualified for half-op. However, the IRC is now unofficial and this is no longer in place.
IRC Status Symbols and Roles
The @ symbol marks channel operators. These users can change the topic, kick and ban other users, and have ChanServ control depending on their access level. They can also invite users if the channel is set to invite only. Ops can voice users with channel mode +v, and in channels without a SECURE/SECUREOPS ChanServ setting, ops can op other users with channel mode +o.
The + symbol marks voiced users. These users have no power over other users, but are able to speak if the channel is moderated (set mode +m). When the channel isn't moderated, it is used as a status symbol of respect. Some IRC channels may have their own meaning for the voice status.
IRC users may have the following roles as defined via ChanServ.
EsperNet (#MFGG) Access Levels
- Voice: Gets auto-voiced and can view the access list. that's about it.
- Mod: Automatically opped upon identifying for their nick. Since #MFGG has SECURE on, they cannot add more ops. They have limited ChanServ access, but they can kick, ban, and quiet when not in the channel via ChanServ.
- Admin: In addition to the above, they can use ChanServ's SET command to change channel settings. They can also modify other users' access levels, letting them make other mods, admins, and auto-voiced users.
- Successor: Near-total channel control. In addition to the above, they can use ChanServ's RECOVER command to counter a takeover and CLEAR to kick everyone from the channel. As the name implies, they are candidates for promotion to Founder if the founder is gone for an extended period of time. Admins cannot change their access since they outrank Admins, and they are immune to bans.
- Founder: Total channel control. Has all the Successor privileges, can purge the access list, and can drop the channel registration.
OFTC (#mfggirc) Access Levels
- MEMBER: Allows the user to request voice and invite themselves into the channel should it be set to invite-only.
- CHANOP: Allows use of op abilities (op/deop, kick, ban, etc.).
- MASTER: Gives total control over the channel, including all the advanced ChanServ commands.
Accessing the IRC
- Network: irc.esper.net
- Channel: #MFGG
- Network: irc.oftc.net
- Channel: #mfggirc
If your client doesn't automatically connect to or prompt you for a server, type /server irc.esper.net or /server irc.oftc.net. To join a channel, type /join #MFGG or /join #mfggirc.
There used to be a java client for #mfggirc, but it no longer exists. Those wishing to chat on EsperNET without downloading any client software may connect by any web-based client like Mibbit, WSIRC, or KiwiIRC.
From IRC network information to quickly connecting to a network. All users serious about using IRC should check out the IRC tutorial, as well as information on their network's NickServ (learning about ChanServ and MemoServ also wouldn't hurt). New Channel Operators should definitely read the channel operator's guide, should know the channel modes, and should know how to use ChanServ.
- IRCHelp.org's IRC Tutorial
- The New IRC Channel Operator's Guide
- EsperNet Channel and User Modes
- EsperNet Network Services: General services info. For more information, use the services' HELP commands while connected to EsperNet.
- The NEW MFGG IRC!: New #MFGG forum thread.
- OFTC Channel Modes
- OFTC User Modes
- OFTC Network Services: How to register your nick via NickServ, and more.