#smithy is the coolest channel on afternet and you always wondered how you managed to survive without it.
(Note, this statement may be original research)
To join, choose a nick and change the channel to #smithy.
Or however you like.
don't be a dick
And just because some things need spelling out to people:
The following things are NOT allowed
A/S/L - if we care about your age, location, etc, we will ask for it. This is not a dating service. Attempts by strangers to “ASL” or date people will result in a ban.
Spamming, flooding or other noise. Posting links to generate conversation is fine. Referral links or links from strangers is not. In any event, it is better to post a link to the content than more than 1 or 2 paragraphs so we can see the link for ourselves. Multi-line pastes from (e.g.) MSN or Facebook (please use pastebin, if this is longer than around five lines), especially if these are only relevant to one person and obstructing chat. Use your common sense to see if it is appropriate. Please also do not use repeated auto-away scripts or now playing scripts (though the emphasis is on the auto- here, saying you are away or what you are listening to is normally not a problem) or scripts with excessive numbers of non-alphanumeric characters or colour. You may be asked to remove these scripts.
Speaking in languages other than English. Most of the channel regulars are from English speaking countries. It is rude to have a conversation in a language which only a handful of people understand. Whilst the odd word is likely to be tolerated, please ensure the majority of what you say is in English.
Hate-based stereotypes. Using any language is fine, but using words as a synonym for stupid or in an offensive manner is not. For example, using the word “gay” is OK, provided it is not used to offend others or in a derogatory manner. Again, use your common sense, if it is likely to offend another user, chances are it is not acceptable.
Excessive monologues especially when other discussion is going on. For example, commentaries on a TV programme only you are watching. Please use your common sense. The channel is not your Facebook status, blog or Twitter.
PMing users without asking in the channel first. This rule does not apply to channel regulars, e.g. those with ops, who can be trusted to gauge when this is not appropriate. It is understood that some things need to be mentioned on a one-to-one basis. Also, PMing someone with “hi” or “asl” when they are idle is not likely to get a response, nor is it anything which really should be mentioned out of the channel. If you are asked by any user in the channel to stop PMing you, then please do so, and do not PM them to ask why! This can lead to an automatic ban if you PM a bot! (Why would a bot reply to a PM anyway?)
A few notes about bans
Please do not attempt to circumvent a ban by changing your nick, host or ident. You are still banned from the channel if this is the case, and will be banned again without notice if this is spotted. Additionally, you also risk a g-line if network staff spot this, as per the network AUP. However, if you have been given access to the channel then using your access to circumvent (by invite or removal) is allowed.
Banning users with dynamic IP addresses is not usually tight enough. It is recommended you use the ident as well as part of the resolved address to ban. This applies especially to WebTV users - banning *!ident@webtv.*.level3.net, for example, is better than banning *!*@webtv.dialup.somenumbershere.level3.net. In general a ban with one full section of the host and the rest on wildcards is not usually watertight enough, despite this being the default in most clients (as well as with .addlamer, .ban, on X3).
Notes for Ops
Please attempt to give two warnings to a user before kicking or banning them. These do not have to be for the same offence, but it might be advantageous to show them the rules - if X69 is online, @rules will give a link to this page. Spammers or flooders should, however, be kicked without warning (this includes obvious knowing breaches of the rules). Rejoining does not annul any previous warnings.
Please don't interfere with the channel modes, they are all there for a reason (exception is +l after a netsplit which may occasionally erroneously state the channel is full). Changing the topic is fine, but please retain the link to the channel page (in other words, up to the first |). Topical subjects - especially if you know it's a regular's birthday - are usually good additions.
If anyone has a problem with an op, a kick, or a ban, please discuss it with someone outranking them in the userlist. /msg x3 #smithy users will give the full userlist, or .users in the channel. Note, this doesn't mean you'll be unbanned, if they don't agree. In all cases the channel owner has the final say.
!geoip ip address or hostname
@weather city, country normally works, also post codes and zip codes in (e.g. UK, USA, Canada)
@google something to google it
@google fight something something else for a google fight
more random X69 shiz
Cool people not covered by the above
It will be obvious who this is, so I'm not going to name it. smithy|PARAMS