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Channel Administration on Freenode

This guide will be targeted toward LUG officers who haven't done channel administration on Freenode before, but contains information that's relevant if you want to start your own channel as well.

First, go read all the freenode guidelines, but especially the channel guidelines and faq. These will explain why you should not wear your "hat" indoors, and other essential pieces of etiquette.

Getting help

Rather than Googling around, the best way to get help with nick, channel, and channel listing on Freenode is:

/msg nickserv help
/msg chanserv ...more

Intro to Weechat

This weechat guide is broken into two parts. The first part is all about how to use weechat. It starts by handing you a git repo of weechat config files to give you a better "default". After getting that set up the rest of the guide will go over how to use these configs. The second guide is the advanced guide, which goes over the changes made to these configs as individual changes with the what, why, and how of the change. If you are an existing weechat user and dont want to uproot your current set up I recommend you go through the advanced guide and decide which parts of the guide you want to add to your configs.


Weechat stores all of its configs in ~/.weechat. If you start up weechat without configs it will generate default configs and put them there. If you have already been using weechat you will want to save your old config at ~/.weechat first. Make sure ...more

Advanced Weechat

In the irc guide the goal was to get you on irc and able to talk to people. hopefully once you start using irc you won't stop and with the amount of time you are about to spend on irc you should tune it for you.

over the course of the guide we are going to be going over two things how to use weechat and how to configure weechat.

To go along with this guide I have created a quick and dirty weechat guide. where this guide goes over the what why and how of changes made, the quick guide simply hands you some weechat configs and goes ovther the basics of how to use them. if you are a new user the quick guide will save you time and help get you going. if you are a current weechat user I recommned you go though this guide and decied for yourself what changes you want to make to your cofigs.


In weechat everything lives in a buffer (kinda like a ...more

Getting Started with Web Development

1) Get familiar with Python. Many (but certainly not all) web apps and web frameworks are written in python, which makes it very handy to know your way around the language. And if you don't already know python very well, or have a lot of programming experience, writing web apps are a great way to develop your skills and learn some awesome stuff! There are lots of great resources to help you get familiar with python, including (but not limited to):

Hints on Running a University LUG

So, you want to start a LUG? DO IT! Here are some hints that I've picked up in 2 years as President and 1 year as Vice President of the OSU LUG.


Your first task is to evaluate what already exists in your community, to determine whether a LUG is needed.

Current and former local LUGs and friends

Has your campus ever had a LUG? If so, find its web site and mailing list. Use the names, IRC handles, and your Facebook and LinkedIn stalking skills to track down the LUG's former leaders and reach out to them to see whether they'd be willing to advise and mentor you in resurrecting their old group.

Other people who might know about old LUGs include CS faculty, academic advisors (if they've worked at the university for longer than you've been there), and the full-time network services staff who run mailing lists and student organization web hosting.


If you ...more