CULTNET


CulTNet is Sonic CulT's IRC (Internet Relay Chat) server. What is IRC? Well, IRC is a chat protocol, I wont get into the technical mumbo jumbo because I know none of you care about that shit. Anyway you probably want to know how you get to experience this magic. Well, the answer is simple, with an IRC client. There are literally HUNDREDS of IRC clients floating around the Internet but I'll only take the liberty of listing the more popular ones.

Point these clients to irc.sonic-cult.net and type /join #cult to join the chat room. There are no real "rules" in the channel.. Basically if you don't act like a complete retard you won't be banned from the channel.

OPS AND SPECIAL USERS

Some users have special "powers" over other users on the server. Let's start off with IRC Operators or IRCOps. IRCOps have pretty much complete administrative powers over all regular users all over the server. So bascally, if you piss them off, you're basically gone, because they have the power to G-Line you. A G-Line is a complete and total ban from CulTNet, meaning you can no longer connect to the server at all. A few special features they also have are "fsays" "sanicks/joins/parts," and "kill." Fsays basically is a Force-say command. It forces you to say something to the channel that the IRCOp desires. Sanick, force-changes your nick, sajoin and sapart force you to join or leave a channel. Kill is a force-disconnect from the server.

Below is the current IRC Operators list. There may be some that don't appear on this list, but these are the ones you will see more often.

  • Sazpaimon
  • Stoko
  • InsaneSonikkuFan
  • Borisz

MODES


In a channel, some users have special modes on them. These modes are denoted by a symbol to the left of the name on the userlist. Please be aware that the symbols may be different if you do not use mIRC as your IRC client.

. = Channel founder, has complete administrative power over the channel
^ = Protected Operator. These users have the same power as a regular operator (see below), except they are set so only the Channel founder can deop/kick/ban them.
@ = Channel Operator. Like the moderator of the channel. Has the power to remove you from the channel.
% = Halfop. Just like op, except they have no power over Channel Operators.
+ = Voice. A voiced user has no operator ability. Their only power is to be able to talk when the channel is in +m (Moderated) mode.

Along with user modes there are also channel modes. There are tons of channel modes but I'll just give a few examples:

Moderated (+m) mode: No one below voice can send messages to the channel.
Auditorium (+u) mode: Only ops are visible on the userlist to non-op users
No colors (+c) and strip colors (+S) mode: No colors caused any messages with colors to not be sent to the channel. Strip colors removes any colored text in a message and replaces it with plain colored text.
Invite only (+i) mode: Users can only enter the channel if invited by a channel operator
Censor (+G) mode: Censors certain words and phrases and replaces them with something else

SPACES IN NICKNAMES

One of the cool things we have on CulTNet is the ability to add spaces in your nicknames, something you rarely see in IRC. Thing is, it doesn't by simply pressing the spacebar key, it's a bit more complicated than that. In Windows, mIRC, to insert a nick-space, hold down the alt key and press 0160 on the numpad to insert your space. In Xchat first type "/charset ISO-8859-15," then hold down CTRL + SHIFT and press A0 and then let go of the CTRL and SHIFT key. On a Mac, you hold Option + Space to insert your nick-space.

REGISTER YOUR NICK/CHANNEL

So you want to be a more permanent member on CulTNet do you? Maybe even open up your own channel? Well, first off you want to register your nick. Registering your nick prevents any other users from "hijacking" your nickname, as you have it set with a specific password. How do you do this? One simple command is all it takes to get your nickname registered:

"/nickserv register <password>"

Replace <password> with your desired password. Make sure it isnt easy to guess. Now, if you find a user with your nickname, simply type "/nickserv ghost username password" replacing "username" and "password" with your username and password to forcefully disconnect them, giving you ample time to change your nick back. Another thing that goes hand-in-hand with nick registration is identification. Nickname identification is used to make the server recognize that you are really the nickname owner. Simply use the command "/nickserv identify password" replacing "password" with your nickname password, while you are on the nickname you registered with, to successfully identify.
Finally, there's channel registration. Say you want to start your own chat room, but don't want some asshole taking it over. Simply register your channel to prevent this. Use the command:

"/chanserv register #channel password description"

Replacing "#channel," "password," and "descripton" with their respective terms to register your channel. Please note that your nick MUST be registered AND identified AND you must be the operator of the channel to register it.

CHANNEL WEBSTATS

What're these you ask? Well, CulTNet has a very special bot we call CulTBot. CulTBot logs all the messages in its assigned channel. then another program takes these logs and publishes it to the web, producing a channel stats page. An example of #cult's page can be seen here. If you want to have stats for your channel, contact me and I'll get it set up for you. CulTBot also does a ton of other things too, but thats for me to know and you to find out