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A list of important IRC terms.

A

Admin
See Channel Admin
AKick
Automatic Kick. People on the AKick list will be automatically kicked and banned by the services upon joining that channel.
AKill
Automatic Kill, See G-Line
AOP
Automatic OP - You will be made a channel operator automatically when you enter the channel. Same as access level 5 if xOP is disabled.

B

Ban
Bans will prevent you from joining a specific channel.
BOPM
Blitzed Open Proxy Monitor, a bot that will look for and ban users that use an open proxy.
Bot
Robots that perform certain tasks automatically.
BotServ
Bot service. Allows you to assign a specific bot to a channel. Can be accessed with the command /bs
Bouncer
Used to relay the traffic of a network, basically hiding your original host.
BNC
See Bouncer

C

Channel
One "chat room" on the IRC server. Channel names typically start with #.
Channel Admin [channel mode +a]
These people have the same rights as Channel operators, but can also manage the akick list, badword filters, ... Marked by an @ symbol before their nickname (or & in some cases).
Channel Founder [channel mode +q]
The person who created the channel. The founder has the most rights over the channel. Each channel can only have one founder, but anyone with the channel password can use the founder commands. Marked by a @ symbol before their name (or ~ in some cases).
Channel Key [channel mode +k]
Certain channels require you to type a certain keyword before being able to join it (Use the /join #[channel] [key] command). Set with channel mode +k.
Channel Operator [channel mode +o]
Channel operators can change the topic of the channel and ban/kick people.
Channel Owner
See Channel Founder
ChanOp
See Channel Operator.
ChanServ
Channel service. A service bot that allows you to register/manage a specific channel. Can be accessed with the command /cs
Client
Software that connects to the IRC server.
Cloak [user mode +t]
Used to hide someones real host and to replace it by a custom message. Can only be assigned by IRCops. Sometimes called Virtual Hosts (vHosts).
Command
Commands can invoke different actions. All commands start with /. Examples: /msg, /mode, /nick, ... . Commands are interpreted by the IRC client, or sent to the server if the command is unknown.
CTCP
Client to Client Protocol. An extended IRC protocol that gives some more options, like the ability to query other clients and to add newlines in messages.

D

DCC
Direct Client-to-Client. Establishes a connection directly with the Client of another IRC user. This can be used for greater security. A DCC will not disconnect if the server does.

E

F

Founder
See Channel Founder.

G

G-Line
Global kill line. Global ban from the entire IRC network. They can only be set by IRCops.
GZ-Line
Global Z-Line, see Z-Line.

H

HalfOP [channel mode +h]
Basically a Channel Operator, but with limited abilities (they can not kick Operators or above for example).
HelpOP [user mode +h]
An IRCop who is available to help other users with IRC problems.
HelpServ
Help Service. A bot that gives info about other service bots and IRC commands.
HOP
(Automatic) HalfOP. Will grant you HalfOP status when you enter a channel. Same as access level 4 if xOP is disabled.
Host
Your hostname contains your IP and ISP. Can be hidden using a Cloak.
HostServ
Host service. This bot allows you to (de)active your vHost. Only IRCops are able to actually change the vHost from a user. Can be accessed with the command /hs.

I

Invite
Ask someone to join a certain channel. Used through the /invite command. Can only be used by Channel Operators if mode +i is set.
IRC
Internet Relay Chat.
IRC daemon (IRCd)
The software that runs on the IRC server.
IRC Operator (IRCop) [user mode +o/+O]
IRCops are server (LocOP) or network (GlobOP) wide operators. They can also use some special commands (through OperServ) to apply vHosts or to ban people from the whole server. They also help the Admin keep the server running smoothly.

J

Jupe
Juping a channel or nickname means blocking the channel or nickname from the server/network.

K

Key
See Channel Key.
Kick
Operators can kick you out of a channel if you misbehave. You will be able to re-join the channel immediately.
Kill
An IRCop can "Kill" a nickname to disconnect them from the server.
K-Line
Kill line. A ban from an IRC server. Can only be set by IRCops.

L

Lag
Time delay between the moment you send a message and the moment other users receive it.

M

MemoServ
Memo service. A bot that allows you to send small memos to other users, even when they are offline. It can also send memos to a channel, in which case the message will be sent to the channel operators, admins and founder. Can be accessed with the command /ms.
Mode
Channels and users can have various modes that have different effects. Channel modes can only be set by Operators.

N

Netsplit
On occasions, a connection between servers can fail, causing the network to split apart. Users are not disconnected from the server they are on, but they cannot talk with users on other servers (even in the same channel) until the problem is resolved.
Nick(name)
The name that is publicly visible. Can be changed with the /nick command.
NickServ
Nickname service. A service bot that allows you to register your nickname to prevent others from using it. Can be accessed with the /ns command.
Notice
Message sent to a specific user or channel. A notice will either appear in a users active window or the servers status box (depending on your configuration). They should not be used for extended private conversations.

O

O-Line
Operator Line. Determines which people can oper up on the server, granting them IRCop rights. The O-Line defines what rights the IRCop will get after opering up.
OP
Operator, see Channel Operator and IRC Operator.
Oper
Same as OP.
OperServ
Operator service. A bot used by IRCops only.

P

Private message
A message to a single person privately. Similar to the PM system on the forums.

Q

Q-Line
Quarantine Line. Global ban from a server based on Nickname (instead of Host). Basically blocks a certain nickname from joining the server. Users already connected may be killed/forced to change nicknames.
Query
See Private message.

R

RootServ
A services bot used by root Network Admins. Usually merged into OperServ.

S

Server Administrator [user mode +A]
The person responsible for maintaining the IRC server and daemon. They have the highest rank and will usually act as IRCops as well. They are able to (un)assign other people as IRCops and Services Administrators.
Services Administrator [user mode +a]
The Services Administrator has full control over the Service bots on the network.
Service Bot [user mode +B]
Special bots implemented by the IRCd. On the GBAtemp network, all services bots have gbatemp.net as host. Examples are: Nickserv, Chanserv, ...
Services Operator (System Operator, SysOp).
See IRCop.
Shun
Shuns can be set to other users by an IRCop. A shun will prevent the user from sending any command to the server, except for the /Admin command.
SOP
Super Operator, see Channel Admin. The access level SOP will automatically make the user a Channel Operator and Administrator of a channel upon joining.

T

U

V

vHost
Virtual host. See Cloak.
Voice [channel mode +v]
People with a Voice will be able to reply to channels that have mode +m set. They will also be invulnerable to bans, kicks etc. If mode +m is not set, it can be used as a status symbol. They are marked by a + before their nickname.
VOP
VOice People/Automatic Voice. Automatically gives a user a Voice upon joining the channel. Same as access level 2-3 if xOP isn't set.

W

Whois
Display information about a specific connected user. Activated by the /whois [username] command.

X

xOP
When xOP is activated, aliases like AOP, VOP, ... can be used for the access list of a channel, else the access level number has to be used.

Y

Z

Z-Line
Zap Line. Bans an entire IP range from a server.