There has been some recent discussion of the underutilization of the IRC quizbowl channels as a tool for outreach and other quizbowl improvement. The outcome of that discussion is as follows:Big changes:
Quizbowl IRC is now a "sponsored project" of hsquizbowl.org.
Hsquizbowl.org has appointed Eric Mukherjee as the IRC Coordinator.
Several new channels are being forked off from the main one -- see the end of the post.What is IRC?:
IRC is a real-time chat protocol that is nearly as old as the public Internet itself. While it is not as flashy as modern means of instant communication such as Facebook chat, it offers substantial advantages for groups configured like quizbowl, in that it allows people to connect without having to find a pre-existing network of people they know in real life but still has moderator controls to exclude spam and abuse, and it is easily configurable to "run in the background" so that the user is always "in" the chat room but can choose whether or not to pay attention to it at a particular time.
Quizbowl IRC has existed since 2001 and is used for chat about quizbowl, chat about non-quizbowl topics by quizbowl people, reading publicly available questions for practice/fun purposes, and other ends. It is a very good way for people in remote areas who don't get out to many tournaments to integrate themselves into the "quizbowl community."
You can get to IRC using an IRC-over-web-browser type client like Chatzilla
, an online interface such as Mibbit
, or a standalone client such as mIRC
for Windows or Colloquy
for Mac. If you plan on using IRC often, a standalone client is very advisable.
For quizbowl IRC, the network is Slashnet. You can use "irc.slashnet.org
" as the server name and it will connect you to the network through a random server. If you need to use a specific server, the currently operating ones are listed here: http://www.slashnet.org/servers/
The main channel is #quizbowl
. Additional channels are listed below.What is the purpose of reforming quizbowl IRC?
We are trying to make quizbowl IRC less of an "in-crowd" and more of a general outreach tool for quizbowl. All quizbowl people should feel welcome and encouraged to use the resources presented.Policies
As on the forums, there is no anonymity in the IRC. You must identify yourself when asked at least to the level of "[firstname]" from "[team]."
Eric Mukherjee (Slashnet name InfiniteStryker0) is maintaining the access lists for the various channels and should be your point of contact for any issues.The channels available are as follows:
#quizbowl - general chat about quizbowl and/or by quizbowl people.
#qb-helpdesk - channel for immediate help only. there should be people idling here nearly 24/7, so if you need help resolving a protest or dealing with some other time-sensitive situation at your quizbowl tournament, this is a great place to go. can also be used for longer-term things like advice on question writing or studying.
#quizbowl-adults - only college and post-college people allowed, for discussions of a sensitive nature that should not include high schoolers.
#quizbowl-politics - the #quizbowl ops may ask people to take political/religious discussions here if they are making the main channel uncomfortable for other people.
It is also trivially easy to create your own channels on the same network, which you can use for whatever purpose appeals to you such as discussion within your own quizbowl organization or playtesting questions. IRC allows you to control access to your channel (or even hide your channel's existence from those who are not invited) so it is a relatively secure way to communicate about such matters.I have read this whole post and am still confused about how to get onto the IRC channels or what the policies are.
Feel free to use this thread to ask questions. Thanks.