Always read the channel topic,
all of the links contained in it, and follow its directions.
Lurk in a channel for a while
before speaking. This will allow you to get a sense of the channel
culture and mores.
Mentioning someone in a
conversation will highlight/ping them. If you do this too often
without good reason, you may bug the person you’re pinging.
IRC is both real-time and
asynchronous. Many people remain logged in even if they are away
from their computer. Therefore, if you ask a question or ping
someone, please be patient for a response. It may take them several
hours (or longer) to come back online.
It’s bad form to dump large
amounts of text (such as logs or error messages) into the channel.
Instead, use a pastebin,
a gist, or
some other method of linking to your long text.
If you have a question, simply
ask it. There’s no need to ask for permission to ask.
Sending a private message to
someone without first asking for their permission is creepy.
It can be tempting to put a @
or another prefix before someone’s name when pinging them (as for
other chat systems), but this shouldn’t be done on IRC.
Pinging someone without saying
something after their name is called a "naked ping." These
can really bug people, so use them sparingly (if at all).
Use complete sentences and fully
spell out words rather than use txt-speak.
ALL CAPS IS CONSIDERED SHOUTING.
PLEASE KEEP IT TO A MINIMUM.
If you are going away but
staying connected to the channel, use the /away
command rather than changing your nick to reflect that you’re away.
IRC supports colored text. It irritates most people. Please
don’t use it.