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Nicks

Posted: Sun Feb 22, 2004 12:15 pm
by 0versight
I never knew why Efnet or even other servers do not allow nicks to start with a number? As my name here shows 0versight with a zero my actual nick is with an "O".

Re: Nicks

Posted: Sun Feb 22, 2004 12:38 pm
by prefect
0versight wrote:I never knew why Efnet or even other servers do not allow nicks to start with a number? As my name here shows 0versight with a zero my actual nick is with an "O".
As far as I know this comes from the early days of IRC where channels didn't have names, only numbers. So to differ between channels and users beginning nicks with numbers is prohibited. (You use the same command on the ircserver to send a message to a channel and an user). Nowdays channels are prefixed with # or & or whatever, so if the irc-protocol was made today you would be able to start your nick with a number.

Re: Nicks

Posted: Sun Feb 22, 2004 1:07 pm
by leeh
prefect wrote:so if the irc-protocol was made today you would be able to start your nick with a number.
Possibly, but possibly not. Nicks starting with a number is an easy way of doing FNC - changing a users nick instead of killing them on a collide. As users cant change themselves to nicks like that, you can remove the possibility there'll be another collision. :)

Posted: Mon Feb 23, 2004 4:45 pm
by Jon
let's have a vote:

Yes, I would like to use a number as the first character of my nickname.
No, change is bad.

Posted: Mon Feb 23, 2004 5:45 pm
by leeh
Jon wrote:let's have a vote:

Yes, I would like to use a number as the first character of my nickname.
No, change is bad.
Or how about we dont, because not allowing numbers as the first character of a nick makes FNC so much easier should it be implemented in the future. :)

Posted: Tue Feb 24, 2004 2:01 pm
by munky
for the sake of us non-ircd coders, what is FNC?

Posted: Tue Feb 24, 2004 2:24 pm
by prefect
munky wrote:for the sake of us non-ircd coders, what is FNC?
leeh wrote:Possibly, but possibly not. Nicks starting with a number is an easy way of doing FNC - changing a users nick instead of killing them on a collide. As users cant change themselves to nicks like that, you can remove the possibility there'll be another collision. :)
"Force Nick on Collide" would be my bet

Posted: Wed Feb 25, 2004 11:14 am
by leeh
prefect wrote:"Force Nick on Collide" would be my bet
Youve just won a cuddly toy! Would you like it giftwrapped in tin foil?

Posted: Wed Feb 25, 2004 4:33 pm
by prefect
leeh wrote:Youve just won a cuddly toy! Would you like it giftwrapped in tin foil?
can that cuddly toy be you?