Like any community, the #code4lib IRC channel can be intimidating to newcomers. For those who are new to the channel, here are some answers to Frequently Asked Questions.
What is IRC? How do I login to #code4lib?
Basic technical information is available here.
Is the channel logged?
Not publicly, no.
Who will I find on #code4lib?
There is an incomplete list of regulars here. This is not an official list of any kind. If you're not on it yet, feel free to add your nick, your name, and a link to your website.
Zoia is a supybot who hangs out in #code4lib. To get a list of commands it understands, type
@list (the "@" symbol tells zoia you're talking to it). Here's a quick list of the more common commands:
- Find out how to use a particular command. The correct syntax is (usually)
@help followed by the command name, e.g.
@help karma. You can also just ask the other people on the channel how to do something.
- Add or display quotes that have been added to zoia's quote database. Type
@quote add " welcome to code4lib!" to add a quote,
@quote jeffdavis to see the last quote from a specific person, or
@quote random to see a random quote
- Look up a term in the Library of Congress authority files.
- Create an English-language anagram of the word or phrase that you enter.
@tunes, @alltunes, @blockparty
- These commands look up people's listening history on Last.fm.
@tunes jeffdavis displays the last song that jeffdavis listened to,
@alltunes jeffdavis lists the last half-dozen or so songs jeffdavis listened to, and
@blockparty lists what people in the code4lib group on Last.fm are listening to. (Go ahead and add yourself to the code4lib Last.fm group if you like. You need to type
@audioscrobbler add yourusername to be added to the blockparty.)
- Causes zoia to insult or praise the person or thing of your choice.
- You can increase or decrease the karma for a person or thing by appending two pluses or two minuses to the person or thing's name. For example, if you type
jeffdavis++, my karma score will increase by 1. (You can't raise your own karma.) Type
@karma jeffdavis to see the karma for that person/thing, or just
@karma for the three highest and lowest karma scores. You can only raise or lower karma by one point at a time (so
jeffdavis++++ will only raise jeffdavis' karma by one point, not two), and commenting does work (
jeffdavis-- # you suck! works correctly, thanks to gsf's regex-fu).
- Do a Google search and show the first few results in-channel.
- If the results of a command are over a certain length, zoia may end his response with "more" or "2 more messages". You can use the
@more command to display the rest of zoia's response. If you didn't give zoia the original command, add the nick of the person who did, e.g.
@more jeffdavis (this only works for one message deep on another nick).
- When you send zoia a message it doesn't understand (for example, if you address it as if it were a person or get the syntax of a command wrong), it responds with a random error message. You can use the
@dunno command to add a new error message to its repertoire, e.g.
@dunno I don't know what you're talking about.
What do people talk about in-channel?
Information technology, software development, librarianship, cultural heritage, digital repositories, the web, programming languages, cataloging, metadata standards, beer, food... just about anything!
The channel is informal, and a lot of off-topic socializing takes place. Music is a common topic (many code4lib regulars are indie rock fans, and a disproportionate number are current or former bassists). There are also a number of inside jokes, since many of the people on the channel have known each other for a long time. Common in-jokes include:
- Yngwie Malmsteen -- Wikipedia says: "Yngwie Johann Malmsteen, pronounced 'INGvay' ... is a virtuoso guitarist from Sweden who achieved widespread acclaim in the 1980s due to his technical proficiency and fusion of classical music elements with heavy rock guitar."
- Wheedly-wheedly-whee! -- This is the sound Yngwie's guitar makes.
- Unleash it! -- A common catchphrase, referencing the title of an Yngwie record.
If you don't understand something, just ask. That goes for the techie stuff as well as the social stuff -- for many regulars, #code4lib is where they learn about all kinds of interesting technology.
What are the ground rules?
- Respect everyone.
- Be sensitive of the fact that cultures, opinions and ideas of what is
funny or appropriate are different, and that text is a very poor medium
for conveying humor.
- Because this is the case, and people will be people, be quick to forgive and slow to take offense.
Aside from that, it's a bit of a free-for-all. Basically, use common sense, be respectful of others, and don't do anything that will get everyone kicked off of Freenode.
what does "++" mean?
The double-plus is used to increment someone's karma (see above, in the section about zoia).
How do you do that thing where you talk about yourself in third person?
/me agrees. This allows you to send a message like
***jeffdavis agrees rather than literally saying "I agree".
Submitted by jdavis on Fri, 2006-02-24 17:00
There's been some good discussion on the code4lib mailing list about starting a code4lib journal. At this point it looks like we'll be trying to set something up, so I've taken a preliminary stab at formulating some policies and guidelines for publishing articles. I haven't yet tried to address some of the more innovative suggestions that have come up, and I've never set up a journal before, so please go ahead and make changes, additions, and comments (the draft is on the wiki so it can be edited directly).
Submitted by dchud on Fri, 2006-02-17 08:02
[Update (2006-03-16): the new home for unAPI and this spec is unapi.info.]
Attached is revision 1 of unAPI. Revision 2 is due in one month.
unAPI has changed significantly since version 0. A combination of many sharp minds from various nations and healthy skepticism and a variety of scrumptious Oregon microbrews on tap nearby has narrowed its scoped and tightened its approach significantly.
There are still a number of issues to consider but revision 1 is a solid spec that should be easily implemented in a variety of contexts. If you wish to comment, complain, commend, or suggest other tasty Oregon microbrews we might sample before we leave Corvallis please recall that the gcs-pcs-list is the list of record for unAPI development.
My apologies for the release of the spec being seven minutes past deadline PST.
Submitted by jaf on Wed, 2006-02-15 16:06
We will be recording the code4lib 2006 presentations. Check back here for updates - we will try and get the presentations up as quickly as possible.
UPDATE: Most likely, the audio recordings will not be up until shortly after the conference (the facility's recording equipment is analog only, hence the delay to convert the recordings into digital format).
Submitted by edsu on Tue, 2006-02-14 13:24
The code4lib planet has been updated to include flickr, technorati and delicious 'code4lib' tags. Of course the unalog support has been there for a while. If you are attending code4lib and you'd like to have your blog included please email ehs at pobox dot com.
Submitted by jaf on Mon, 2006-02-13 23:47
For those attending code4lib, Corvallis is going to be a bit cool to cold, depending from where you are from. The forecast calls for highs in the low 40's at tops, and lows in the lower 30's or even upper 20's. The good news is that at the moment, it is supposed to be fairly dry Wednesday through Friday, though expect rain on Tuesday. The bad news is that the rain/dry forcast can quickly change. We do have a shuttle from the hotel to the restaurants / bars for each evening's social time, just in case.
Submitted by azaroth on Mon, 2006-02-13 17:32
As it's not shorts and t-shirt weather, and there seems to be a reasonable number of folks staying at the holiday inn express, it'd be sensible, clever and perhaps even organised of us to arrange to travel together to the conference venue in the mornings.
Would it be possible to meet in the lobby at 8:20? Or leave notes at the desk?
Add yourself to the list below:
People Staying @ HIE:
- Rob Sanderson
- Raymond Yee
- Ross Singer
- Gabriel Farrell
- Daniel Lovins
- Harish Maringanti
Submitted by edsu on Thu, 2006-02-09 17:13
Jeremy has set up a wiki where you can sign up for lightning talks and add/edit breakout session ideas. Yeah, there is a page here at code4lib.org too, but we've copied over the existing entries from there. The wiki should be more flexible for collaboration once the conference starts.
Submitted by edsu on Tue, 2006-01-31 22:31
If you are interested in heading up to Portland on Friday for the JazzFest and exploring Portland you might want to check out a hostel that a few code4lib attendees are going to be staying at. It's a five minute walk to the MAX which goes right to Portland Interantional Airport. To reserve a room/dorm space just call (503) 241-2783.
Submitted by glenda on Tue, 2006-01-31 19:00
The conference hotel rates are low enough but as an independent cataloger, I still would like to ask if anyone is interested in sharing a room with me. I have reserved a standard room at the Holiday Inn Express for the nights of the 15th & 16th ($76/night plus $15.20 tax). If you are also interested in sharing a ride, I'm driving from Portland early Wed (15th) morning and returning to Portland after noon on the 17th.
Any starving student or underemployed librarian out there?