Undernet #Perl is a general
help channel; new and intermediate programmers alike are welcome
to ask questions. The channel is often very quiet, but if you
ask your question it's likely someone will be around to answer
There are a few rules to follow, but it's not really onerous.
There is an automated temporary kickban in place that enforces
the no CGI rule, based on keywords. Be careful of what you say.
Do not paste.
Do not ask CGI questions.
Do not use color or special markup.
Do not send automatic noise messages.
Do not paste large amounts of text to channel. This should be a
common-sense rule, and a matter of normal IRC etiquette. The
rule is designed primarily to prevent channel flooding. There
are quite often paste bots around that you can use to show your
code. This rule is also here to allow the people helping you to
easily refer back to the text in question without having to
scroll back and forth in the IRC window.
You are not allowed to ask questions relating to CGI, the common
gateway interface. This also means you are not allowed to ask
questions tangentially related to CGI, such as questions about
FastCGI, mod_perl, etc.
Some IRC clients, most notably those available for Windows, allow
you to markup your text so that it looks different; this can
include adding color, bold, underlines, and overstrikes. Do not
use these features. Not everyone will be using the same IRC
client you're using, and therefore may see random garbage in what
you say. Others may be using clients that fully understand the
markup your client is using, but do not appreciate having what
they consider unimportant text highlighted for them.
This includes automatic away or back messages, messages
indicating what song you're currently listening to, and messages
giving thanks for "+v". This also includes automatic messages
that you trigger manually, such as if you type "/away". This
type of message does nothing but clutter the channel with useless
information. If someone were really interested they would simply
- real person
- experimental bot
lzhh is not strictly a bot, there's a real person behind the
nick. However, there are automated scripts loaded on this
person's client that perform various channel management tasks.
Mostly these scripts enforce the channel rules by temporarily
kickbanning whenever someone asks about CGI, uses colors, or
sends a public away message.
This is dngor's experimental bot. It's actually an interface to
several bots in the backend. One of the bots does some minimal
channel maintenance, and another does language analysis of what's
said in channels. It's on several channels (including #poe and
#pound-perl.pm), on several networks (including MagNet and
It is also known as workbensh on some networks.