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After reading this post, Will you use the IRC server?
Yes, If I need any help 21%  21%  [ 4 ]
Yes, It could be nice to find some match mates for pick up games 21%  21%  [ 4 ]
Yes, It might be the easiest to find me a new clan 5%  5%  [ 1 ]
No, im good with the forums 53%  53%  [ 10 ]
Total votes : 19
 
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 Post subject: Americas Army IRC Server
 Post Posted: Wed Oct 19, 2011 11:57 pm 
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America's Army IRC network - The AAIRC network is the place to go for live chat with other community members. Here you can also "talk" with our support staff (get live support), schedule matches or scrims, and is a great place for new players to learn the ins and outs of playing America's Army .
(live support #aa-support)
IRC Server address:
irc://irc.americasarmy.com
Clicking on the URL will only work if you have 3rd party IRC client (mIRC,XScript,OmegaScript etc..).

America's Army IRC Network Guide


IRC Server: irc.americasarmy.com
Port: 6667 or 7000(Secure Connection)


Internet Relay Chat (IRC) is a communication medium that allows many users to communicate with each other interactively via text messaging. The America's Army IRC network is the place to be for interactive conversations discussing the latest in America's Army. Users you may see on IRC include the [Dev]elopment team, Community Managers (AACM), Volunteer Support staff, Subject Matter Experts (SMEs), men and women of the armed forces, and civilians of all ages from many nations.



Official Channels
#americasarmy- Official General Chat Channel channel. Here we hold events such as IRC interviews and display official news announcements. This is the place to hang out and simply chat with the crowd!

#aa-mentors - America's Army Mentor Project (AAMP). In what we believe to be an innovation in gaming, we have recruited some of the most skilled players from the America’s Army community to act as mentors for new players joining the game. Inspired by the teamwork and training integral to success in the Army, Mentors will offer tips to new players, including basic “map survival skills,” affording players the best chance for success while operating as part of a team.
Sessions will be conducted on official U.S. Army servers and concentrate on specific maps in which all players, both new and old, are welcome to participate.
AA2.8.5/AA3.1.1 maps and tactics. The lessons are being teached by a mentor staff member.
Unfortunately, latley, the mentoring program has stopped due to lack of interests.
For further information, read THIS POST
AAMP FAQ

#aa-support - Official Support Channel for America's Army related questions. As the current version is the only supported version, users on old version will be asked to update to the current version before receiving support. This channel does not support 3rd party applications/services such as Xfire, Teamspeak or AAOTracker.

#aa-mapping - Official Mapping Channel for America's Army Mission Editor related questions. Map creation help, exchange tips, share your work, assist others, etc.

#aa-newplayers - Official Channel for new players and experienced players to chat and give out some tips.

#irc-ops - Official Channel for IRC related questions.

#moderators - Official Channel for discussing forum related issues including warnings, or just join to chat with the Moderators.


Connecting to the AA IRC Network
Connecting via America's Army Web IRC client
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Click on the following link: http://irc.americasarmy.com
Enter an IRC nickname to use (game names are commonly used).
Select the official channel you wish to join. Descriptions of what each channel is for can be seen by selecting the channel from the drop-down list.
Check the box that you read and understand the IRC ROE.
Click on the "CONNECT" button at the bottom.

You should now be connected to the IRC network and in the pre-selected channel. Start typing and start chatting!

Connecting via America's Army in-game client

Launch your game and click MAIN MENU
Click AA BROWSER
Click CHAT
Click CONNECT next to SERVER
For CHANNEL select #aa-support (Or whatever channel you need.)
Click JOIN next to the CHANNEL you've selected.

Detailed instructions with screenshots are available at the America's Army Game Manual Wiki.

Connecting via 3rd party IRC client

You can also connect to the AA IRC Network via a 3rd party IRC client. A list of clients can be found here.
Please read the documentation that comes with the client you are using for help connecting to the network.

Once you have a 3rd party client click here to connect directly!


America's Army IRC Rules Of Engagement (ROE)
Click here to read the IRC ROE


The IRC ROE helps maintain the official channels so that users can freely communicate with other players, U.S. Armed Forces personnel, Devs, and America's Army Community Managers (AACMs). Also, these rules are intended to help maintain channel security, provide a safe atmosphere, and create unity amongst the community.


When inside any official channels on the IRC network such as #americasarmy or #aa-support, you are to abide by the ROE. There are automated 'bots' that will automatically kick you from the channel for infractions, as well as live operators or "Ops" that will make sure no one is attempting to circumvent any rules. If you are kicked from an official channel 3 times, you will be banned from that channel for 3 days.

While on the IRC network you may come across non-official channels, these channels are much like leased/unofficial game servers in that the Admins of these channels set forth the rules and penalties. The IRC Network as a whole is not a moderated network, we allow any person to make their own channel and run it as they please, however offensive and illegal content are not allowed on this network. Swift punishment will be handed out if any users are found to be doing activiites that do not conform to the rules and regulations previously stated.

There are several people who are currently in charge of the IRC network and oversee the everyday functions to monitor that none of the rules are broken on a server level. Currently the IRCops for the IRC network are as follows:
IRC Admin: GhostFromTexas
IRC Manager: GhostFromTexas
IRC Ops: Nate, GhostFromTexas

You can contact these people in #irc-ops. Before contacting an IRCop, make sure that you understand the rules of the network and make note that the IRCops will not interfere with channel activities that they do not have access to. They will not unban you from a channel if you become banned, they only oversee any issues that may become a problem with the network or if a user violates any of the rules listed before.


Who's who?
~ - Channel Founder - Personnel from the Army Game Project and IRC administration. Each name is prefixed with an '~' symbol in the channel.
& - Super-Operators (SOP) - Personnel from the Army Game Project and IRC administration. Each name is prefixed with an '&' symbol in the channel.
@ - Auto-Operators (AOP) - Volunteer Support Staff who will answer your questions. Each name is prefixed with an '@' symbol in the channel.
% - Half-Operators (HOP) - Additional support volunteers who assist the community. Each name is prefixed with an '%' symbol in the channel.
+ - Voiced Operators (VOP) - Normal Users who have assisted in various ways in support of the channel. Each name is prefixed with an '+' symbol in the channel.
*These descriptions apply to official channels only.

Members of the Volunteer Staff dedicate their time on a daily basis and have many responsibilities ranging from forum support and moderation, to live support and channel moderation in our America's Army Internet Relay Chat network. The Volunteer Staff are in constant contact with members of the Army Game Project, such as the America's Army Community Management team, and at times the Development team. Volunteers have many duties, which make them an important part of the community.


IRC Commands
/nick <nickname> - This sets your nickname to <nickname>.
Example:
/nick Skyracer
/nick Skyracer|AFK


/join #channel - Joins the specified channel.
Example: /join #americasarmy

/list - This lists the name, number of users on a channel, and description of each public channel on a network.

/part - This makes you leave the current channel. You can also use /part #channel to leave a specific channel.
Example: /part #americasarmy

/ignore <nick> - This makes the client not display text from the specified user.
Example: /ignore Skyracer

/unignore <nick> - This removes an ignore previously set.
Example: /unignore Skyracer

/disconnect or /quit - This disconnects you from the current server.

/me <text> - Displays your nickname, followed by <text>.
Example: /me slaps you. (This will display as "Skyracer slaps you.")

/msg <user> <text> - This sends <text> in a private message to <user>.
Example: /msg Skyracer Hello


Services
Nickserv
NickServ is a way to register your nick so that only you can use it, this allows allows you to create your own channels and send memos to other users. When registering a nickname, make sure you are currently using the nick you wish to register.

/msg Nickserv Register <password> <email> - This command will allow you to register your nickname. The email is there in case you forget your password and need to have a reminder.
Example: /msg NickServ Register mypassword email@email.com

/msg NickServ Identify <password> - This command will allow you to identify to an already registered nickname that you posses.
Example: /msg NickServ identify mypassword

/msg NickServ Group <target> <password> - This command will allow you to group several nicknames to one account. Meaning that you can have one nickname act as the master account to all the other nicks you might use. Make sure you already have a registered nickname and you are currently using the nickname you wish to make a subordinate.
Example: /msg NickServ group Skyracer mypassword


Chanserv
ChanServ is a way to create your own channels to chat in. Before making a new channel you must have a registered nickname and you must follow the guidlines previously mentioned about creating a new channel.

/msg ChanServ register <password> <description> - This is how you create a new channel and register it. You must first join the channel that you wish to have registered and you must be using a registered Nickname before you can complete the registration.
Example: /msg ChanServ register mypassword New America's Army Channel

/msg ChanServ identify <#channel> <password> - Much like identifying to a nickname, this is how you identify to the channel that you are founder of.
Example: /msg ChanServ idenitfy #Channel mypassword


MemoServ
MemoServ is like an email system for the IRC network. It allows registered users to send and recieve memos to and from other users. Both recipients and sender must have registered nicknames before they can access MemoServ.

/msg MemoServ send <nick|#channel> - This allows a user to send a memo to another user or to a channel. This is a way to contact another person if they are not online or if you are the channel founder and need to send a memo to all of your subordinates.
Example:
/msg MemoServ send Skyracer Hello
/msg MemoServ send #channel Hello


/msg MemoServ list - This command will list all recieved memos that you currently have.

/msg MemoServ read <#> - This command allows you to read any memos you currently have. The memos will be listed via a numbering system. To read multiple memos at once, seperate the numbers with a hyphen (1-4)
Example :
/msg MemoServ read 2
/msg MemoServ read 3-7


/msg MemoServ del <#> - Like the Read command, this will allow you to delete any memos you currently have. Deleting multiple memos you must seperate them by a hyphen (4-7).
Example:
/msg MemoServ del 1
/msg MemoServ del 4-8


All services have more extensive commands that you can get a list of and get help on by typing the following commands.
/msg NickServ help - This will list all NickServ commands available to you and give a short description to it's function.

/msg ChanServ help - This will list all ChanServ commands available to you and give you a short description to it's function.

/msg MemoServ help - This will list all MemoServ commands available to you and give you a short description to it's function.

/msg BotServ help - This will list all BotServ commands available to you and give you a short description to it's function.


If you need further IRC help, feel free to join #irc-ops and ask one of the users there, they will be happy to assist you.

Become an IRC Volunteer!

The IRC Volunteer staff consists of hard working individuals who spend their time helping those in need of assistance on IRC. We are always looking for new, dedicated individuals to join our ranks as well. Some key characteristics of this group, and what we look for in others is dedication, a will to help out others, consistent activity and a mature and professional behavior.

By dedicating your time assisting members of the community on the AA IRC network, the AACM's and the current Volunteer Staff will take notice. Although there are no guarantees, if you dedicate enough time and exhibit mature and professional behavior, as well as a general willingness to help users and improve the community, you too could one day become an IRC Volunteer!

(Originally written by 'Skyracer'. Source : http://archive.forum.americasarmy.com/v ... 65#2605565 )

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 Post subject: Re: Americas Army IRC Server
 Post Posted: Fri Oct 28, 2011 5:47 pm 
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Typing is so 1990's.
Maybe try out an Official America's Army VoIP server?
Just an observation. :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: Americas Army IRC Server
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Sigh. I had hoped that AAMP would have maintained a presence throughout the life cycle of the game. At the very least, it had a good run.

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 Post subject: Re: Americas Army IRC Server
 Post Posted: Mon Oct 01, 2012 3:03 pm 
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Every time ive been there lately its been dead or just a handfull of AFKers.

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 Post subject: Re: Americas Army IRC Server
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uk-alliance[steve!] wrote:
Every time ive been there lately its been dead or just a handfull of AFKers.


The network unfortunately had issues with the webchat for awhile, but it is back up.

We used to have a lot of clan channels on the network, and with things updated and restored I wouldn't mind seeing those of you who used to have them on the network come on back.

We're always interested in having just regular lurkers as well, and good players who might even like to help out other players having issues.

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 Post subject: Re: Americas Army IRC Server
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uk-alliance[steve!] wrote:
Every time ive been there lately its been dead or just a handfull of AFKers.

gotta sleep sometime ... seriously though in the almost 8 years ive been here i can guarantee if your patient you will get an answer.(unless we lose connection everything is logged)

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 Post subject: Re: Americas Army IRC Server
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time to fill the server again to prepair for the next version of AA. The IRC Server is a really important platform, we should use it.

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 Post subject: Re: Americas Army IRC Server
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PUSH! (:

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 Post subject: Re: Americas Army IRC Server
 Post Posted: Sun Mar 10, 2013 8:37 pm 
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[VGO]mmchaos wrote:
uk-alliance[steve!] wrote:
Every time ive been there lately its been dead or just a handfull of AFKers.

gotta sleep sometime ... seriously though in the almost 8 years ive been here i can guarantee if your patient you will get an answer.(unless we lose connection everything is logged)


true, and VoIP would even be the same as IRC. topics are pipelined per channel, so you'd get missed messages (unless someone knows how to PM in IRC), or someone gets in on the wrong topic so some people wouldn't have a clue as to who or what is in the discussion. how long does the log have to be for someone who has to look back on several days of activity? if there's a lot of activity, it takes time. if not, then someone's just been sitting on it without a response. that's not good.

that's what forums are for, so someone can gravedig a topic (like someone just did here). I think the responses may be more frequent in forums, than it is through a medium like IRC, if that's as dead as some people see. I've seen the same thing as Steve in IRC, but there are times when it's not the case. it's usually because people are on in time for some important event as needed. but it's not on a 24/7 basis if you've got more people in demand of information when you have limited availability. so, this is a problem.

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 Post subject: Re: Americas Army IRC Server
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Lilith wrote:
true, and VoIP would even be the same as IRC. topics are pipelined per channel, so you'd get missed messages (unless someone knows how to PM in IRC), or someone gets in on the wrong topic so some people wouldn't have a clue as to who or what is in the discussion. how long does the log have to be for someone who has to look back on several days of activity? if there's a lot of activity, it takes time. if not, then someone's just been sitting on it without a response. that's not good.


Let me say a word about it...
As you might know ,IRC Scripting is pretty much simple scripting.
A script that loggs users questions, and pops-up a query window, or system tray alert of the questions (using key words as "help" or sentences as "I need help with....") helps the moderator control the channel, even when there is a lot of activity.
I started to work on something like that in aspiration that every IRC moderators will have it, and they'll get pop up message when someone claims for help.
To be honest, i currently don't have the time to do so.
Moreover, as said before in the thread - the IRC is not full of activity, which is aother cause not to put too many effort in the IRC Scripting.
Truly, I think its like the "chicken or the egg" problem ::
The IRC is not very active, so peoplיe won't come in frequently...
People doesn't come in,the channel isn't active.... And you can see where im going with it ...
Bottom line -
The IRC is just ANOTHER tool (as the forums) for us to communicate with the AA community, and if you ask me - a better tool...
As you said - a post on the forums can stay there for days maybe weeks. I don't see myself ( and i havn't seen poeple who were) posting "who wants to play 4 v 4 honor server ??..." in the forums, you know? I won't wait for people to say "Ohh yes lets do it ...But we need 6 more,, hmm,,, lets try to make it happen 'till friday noon.....blablabla"
and the IRC is the perfect place for such things !

Well, i guess that was liitle more than 1 word, but ... You get the point.. :)

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