Updates

Rule Additions

Snoonet operations reserve the right to set temporary and permanent channel modes on any channel or user during attacks, to protect users from harmful spam messages (containing, or not containing), malicious dox (private information), malicious software/web pages, viruses, spam, flood. This rule will not allow for censorship and will only be considered when multiple users become targets for attackers. No private channels will be affected.

Examples of modes:

Setting channels to registered users only, modifying flood-toggles for channels, making users only receive messages from others that are familiar in channels, and incorporating the network utility sysop (System Operator) in channels where attacks are popular.

Privacy

In addition to the no-dox rule. Posting of information about anybody's private life, school, home, hobbies and interests are prohibited unless publicly shared on the network, or a verbal agreement is given by the individual on which information is shared. Sharing information about yourself is at your discretion, and we will not punish any user for information that you shared in a public chat. Punishment of this rule will result in a ban from the network ranging from one month to permanent dismissal. To sum it up, nothing that a reasonable person would deem as 'private information' may be shared with others. We will enforce it by looking in to how the information can be abused, or used to one's advantage before issuing a warning or ban.

Network maintenance schedule

Our official timeframe for network maintenance is Wednesdays between 12 AM (midnight) PDT and 2 AM PDT. If needed, general network maintenance, server updates, or bug fixes will be performed during this timeframe. All users will be warned via global notice whenever network maintenance is necessary.

BNC, Subreddit VHOST, and powerful user channel modes

Want to always have your IRC nick connected? Be able to log in to your IRC nickname and resume your session from any computer, or device, from any any where at any time.

We now offer BNC access for our users to connect to. This is a service that keeps an IRC nickname always connected to Snoonet and displays messages and chats you might have normally missed as soon as you log on. The service only allows you to have a bouncer (software: ZNC) connected to Snoonet, but will remain connected to Snoonet forever. If you do not log on the service for one full week, the bouncer will automatically be removed, and you'll have to apply again.

  • /requestbnc - Type this command in any window on IRC and wait for a MemoServ/e-mail to be sent. You must be registered with NickServ to obtain access.

Big fan of a certain subreddit? Want a subreddit vhost? All you need is ChanServ access to the subreddit's channel! User vhosts mask your address as *@subreddit/username

  • /vhost #subredditchannel - Only subreddits with 45 users or more in the channel will be accepted. This is to deter creating a subreddit or channel and having any mask desired.

New Powerful IRC Modes

Our IRC sofrware now allows powerful channel modes to be set to control user population, spam attacks, or simply making your IRC chat easier to read and manage. Check out the channel mode list here! We've provided some documentation, but if you need more assistance feel free to ask us in #help on Snoonet.

Client Modes to make IRC easier

Again, our IRC software now allows for powerful usermodes to be set (/umode +modeshere) with features that can help the busiest of moderators and those wanting more privacy. Check out the user modes here! If you need any help, feel free to ask us in #help on Snoonet

Snoonet will be turning 2 on Apr 28!

On Apr. 28, 2014 Snoonet will be turning 2 years old! Many of the top 50 subreddit's well respected mods have made a name for themselves as staff on the network. Alongside a few reddit admins that operate behind the scenes, we'd like to thank the subreddits and the users of Snoonet for calling our IRC network their chat home.

What makes us unique? We are the first and only IRC network welcoming community oriented chats for reddit.com - We were created by rdv and Paradox who at the time was a reddit.com admin looking to give more to the community. We have an API backend to allow subreddits to easily configure and set up a chat on the network for their subreddits, bringing live chat straight from the threads.

For our second birthday we'd like to give back! Visit us in /r/Snoonet and post a thread with idea(s) we can offer to the users!

As of today, our top 10 consistent IRC communities are:

#reddit (Owners: Paradox, rdv)

#Games (Owners: Deimorz, Pharnaces)

#news (Owner: douglasmacarthur)

#f1 (Owners: Kreius, Vilkku, opiates)

#sex (Owner: Elderthedog)

#subredditdrama (Owner: MillenniumFalc0n)

#TechSupport (Owner: Mikee)

#android (Owner: IAmAN00bie)

#bicycling (Owner: Wiggee)

#anxiety (Owner: aperson)

Wildcard Event Channel:

#redditsquaredcircle (Owner: LegaleseFalcon)

NickServ AJOIN

This post is a PSA about a NickServ module we've recently enabled that will allow you to be auto-joined to a list of channels you've set upon identifying. This should be especially useful to webchat users due to the lack of client-side auto-join. To add a channel to your autojoin list use /msg nickserv ajoin add #channelname

To delete a channel from your autojoin list use /msg nickserv ajoin del #channelname

To see the channels currently on your autojoin list you can use /msg nickserv ajoin list

As a reminder, you can get information and help with syntax on any NickServ or ChanServ command by messaging the appropriate service “help command”. So to see the syntax for the ajoin command you would do /msg nickserv help ajoin

Snoonet’s birthday

Snoonet IRC network is 1 year old today - first live on 28th April 2012.

We've had some stability issues in the early days, but things have smoothed out nicely over the year.

Today we are host to over 70 active reddit communities, over 1000 regular users and 12 servers.

Here's to IRC and the future!

Hiring Support Staff

As we are growing and plans are coming in to play for reddit users to enter by the masses, we are hiring support staff with advanced knowledge of charybdis and atheme who can be on to help users. It is an entry position to progress through staff, and on to paid positions. Mods in this position will be granted certain privileges and expected to help users with common IRC issues. The webchat has been updated to make it more new-user friendly, however hundreds if not thousands of users will have questions and concerns. Our goal is to be there for them.

We are asking for 10-15 support staff

If you'd like to help Snoonet on this journey, e-mail Shane@snoonet.org with:

  • IRC Alias
  • Operator/Staff Experience on IRC
  • Knowledge of Atheme IRC Services
  • Knowledge of Charybdis
  • Your location in the world / Timezone
  • Availability to help
  • Any communities/subreddits/IRC Channels you moderate on a day to day basis

01/14/2013 - Gaming, Webchat, Network News

IRC News

On Wednesday, Jan. 16 we will be issuing patches and features for the Snoonet Webchat (http://webchat.snoonet.org/reddit) We are creating a backend for channels to be managed through a webpanel which will be the alpha stage for reddit/other communities' users to remotely set up/modify/view/update their community's IRC channel access lists and settings, including ban lists and invex lists. For other IRC networks out there, check out www.kiwiirc.com as the developer has a lot of goals and a lot of options available to bring a live webchat to your network.

We will be creating a few customized IRC bots that will offer a variety of options for different types of communities.

Some examples will be a VIP-Ask Me Anything robot which will moderate the channel, and accept questions for VIPs to answer directly. The system will work by users submitting a question, and a moderator will approve the question. The questions will remain in a queue until the user is voiced, the bot states the question and the VIP and the user have a short period of time to ask and answer questions before moving on. All questions, answers, and conversation will be compiled in to a markup post which can easily be posted (or automatically) to a reddit thread where the Ask Me Anything thread may possibly continue.

A channel protection bot for channel operators/moderators to utilize and change the settings of to set a 'bad words' type filter list, where they may set punishments for bad words, phrases, links, etc. The bot will also have options to control punishing flooding/repeat lines/repeat offenders, as well as manage the ban lists. This is for channels that grow in size and need moderation while operators/mods aren't around. For those familiar with our network bot 'sysop' - it will be a user controlled/managed bot controlled by channel mods.

While the above may be boring/uninteresting to some,

Games

Our network co-founder Paradox and network operator, Ricin will be hosting a large-scale Minecraft server for users to play on. More news will be posted about it as they will require help in moderating the server/keeping an eye on things. If you have any suggestions for other games you'd like hosted, feel free to contact us in #SnoonetGaming , http://irc.reddit.com or e-mail support@snoonet.org

We have the resources to host multiple game servers, and will be hosting these servers while we code and produce the competitive gaming tournament aspect of Snoonet.org, where teams can compete in games to win cash, or play for free to win smaller prizes. (More can be read in our mission statement!)[http://www.snoonet.org/missions]

So in the upcoming days, you'll see a few changes to the webchat, as well as us announcing our Minecraft / other server information.

If you have any suggestions/questions, we can be contacted on IRC in #snoonet (http://webchat.snoonet.org/snoonet) - support@snoonet.org or http://irc.reddit.com

Thank you for reading, and making Snoonet possible!

-Shane 'rdv' Allen / Snoonet.org Operations

Snoonet Maintenance

On Monday, Jan. 7 at 2AM EST we will be issuing updates to the Snoonet IRCd servers.

There will be some brief splits as we upgrade the operating systems on two of the nodes. We will be adding more nodes for clients to connect to for both IPv4 and IPv6. As our webchat reaches a more capable stage, these updates will be to prepare for the widespread user count anticipated by newcomers from Reddit Enhancement Suite/Reddit links.

We will keep services downtime to a minimum, anticipating very little downtime.

Snoonet is working on other projects aside from IRC/live chat services, and more news will be shared as the days come.

We are also seeking client servers. We have plenty of servers, but we feel as if they will be of use in the very near future. If you can help, please e-mail Shane@snoonet.org and we will continue from there. Please have advanced knowledge and experience moderating large communities!

Snoonet is here for ALL communities, reddit and otherwise. If you'd like to help us provide for the communities, shoot us an e-mail!

If you have any concerns/questions, feel free to post at http://snoonet.reddit.com / e-mail us at support@snoonet.org / ask us in #help

Sincerely, Snoonet Staff

Snoonet Updates

Email Support

We have set up an e-mail for those in need of support if they are having connection issues, or need any type of support outside of the chat network. Any suggestions or requests for any thing Snoonet are highly encouraged as well. This can be done by contacting us at support@snoonet.org - Be sure to include your nickname in the e-mail!

Keeping in Touch

We will be announcing things as we work on them via wallops (/mode yournick +w) for those interested, and discussing things in #snoonet - Recently we changed the default connect mode so users may opt in to these messages, rather than having to opt-out for things they are not concerned with.

Webchat

Snooonet webchat will be greatly updated. Much more stable and integrated more with the reddit lifestyle you know and love. It should be easier for everybody to use. We have made sure that all your existing webchat links will still work as normal so no need to worry about that.

This will now pave the way for subreddit mods to embed or customize Snoonet webchat for their own communities. You may link to your IRC channel (chat room) with http://webchat.snoonet.org/yourchannelhere

SSL/Fingerprint Information

Due to recent changes in the Snoonet network infrastructure, our servers now use a single, self-signed certificate for all secure (SSL) connections. For our security-conscious clients, the below fingerprints may be used to verify the identity of a Snoonet server:

99:5B:AC:FE:E6:A4:22:8F:51:2D:21:63:4B:5F:05:4D:E1:61:8D:6B

The reason for self-signing is to offer encryption and security for those who seek it while handle issues with our paid/valid certificate to work with the IRCds. Our staff has been working very hard to make things the way the need to be after the unfortunate events with the .com to .org address change.