I’m tend to lurk a lot and talk a little in #joiito. I also spend a fair amount of time on IRC, and have on and off since I was a kid. I know that bots in IRC channels can be quite useful, but the bot feedback level is pretty high in #joiito today:
***laszlo [~laszlo@YahooBB219196000010.bbtec.net] has joined #joiito<jibot>laszlo is a Tokyo-based journalist – http://www.issho.org/LaszloBlog and http://www.issho.org/PolyglotBang<laszlo>chomp: http://www.issho.org/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=1186 | IsshoNews (en): Professionals don’t steal<shorten>laszlo’s url is at http://xrl.us/bemh-surly:#joiito– from laszlo 🙂 http://redirx.com/?xjg<chomp>laszlo: URL posted.
Jibot is quite useful when in herald mode. It makes mapping IRC nicks to people and blogs much easier. We use a modified Chump bot in #mobitopia to keep track of and discuss links, and I don’t know if I could function well without it. I’m not a huge fan of the url shortening services in IRC channels. I could probably deal with one, but two seems a bit excessive.
Luckily the bots seem content with ignoring each other, or else we’d be in for some real fun.
Yes, I do know about the /ignore command, but I tend to find myself in front of several different clients throughout the day, so managing the /ignores is just not worthwhile.
Perhaps I’m just a bit cranky because it is monday.