[wp-hackers] IRC Problems

Anthony Cole spartan.ii at mac.com
Sun Jul 16 21:55:47 GMT 2006


I'm new to this list, but allow me to introduce myself. I've been  
hanging around in #wordpress for a while now, and I'm pretty active  
in those parts. A few of you probably know me, but more or less, I'm  
kind of new.

Now, over the past few months, something has gone horribly horribly  
wrong. As the reputation and size of the WordPress irc channel has  
grown, so has the need for moderation. The troll average has gone  
from every few months to every few weeks on average now. It's a total  
mess when they come in, because photomatt isn't usually around or  
tells us to just ignore them. Heck, I've even gotten lilo involved  
and I have him as saying that the channel policies we have are  
completely opposite of the freenode policies. photomatt told me that  
operators aren't meant to babysit channels, which, in a sense they  
are. The policy of freenode isn't not to have operators at all, it's  
just not to flash their operator privileges. We need to have some  
policy or appoint some operators to do something about this, because  
it's getting more and more out of hand.

Just this morning, we had a lively bunch of about five from the GNAA  
(troll group, google it) come in and just start DCC'ing everyone with  
an exploit, and it took me forever to get ahold of someone who could  
help. And there have been countless others as well. The karma feature  
was disabled on wpbot because of a 13 year old ADD spoiled brat with  
a Macbook Pro who kept bragging and eventually discovered the karma  
feature. And there have been more before that that deserved to be  

I know this has been beaten to death time and time before, but  
something needs to be done about this once and for all. The wordpress  
irc channel is a trivial part of the wordpress community.

Anthony Cole
aka lightdifference.

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