GeekShed At Gnomedex 2009

GeekShed at Gnomedex

Back Row: BigRedPimp (Mike Parks), Goretsky (Aryeh Goretsky)
Middle Row: Craighton (Craighton Miller), TSStechAngel (Mellodi Parks), Kat (Kat Armstrong)
Front Row: blaster (Dave Prentice), Phil (Phil Lavin), mouse (Mike Spencer), Ryan (Ryan Murphy), Pierce (Marcus Joyce)

What are the limits on GeekShed?

GeekShed has a number of limits imposed. Some of these are to ensure our servers are not overloaded, and others are to ensure that we comply with the IRC protocol and make the network accessible to all IRC clients. These limits are as follows:

Limit Type Maximum Limit
Number of channels you can be in 100
Number of bans (+b) on a channel 60
Number of excepts (+e) on a channel 60
Number of invite excepts (+I) on a channel 60
Length of a channel name 32 characters
Length of a topic 307 characters
Length of a kick message 307 characters
Length of an away message 307 characters
Number of simultaneous mode changes 12
Number of simultaneous users/channels (targets) per PRIVMSG 20
Number of nicks in watch list 128
Number of nicks in silence list 15
Days before an unused nickname drops 60
Days before an unused channel drops 60
Number of nicks in a single nickname group 60
Number of entries in a nickname’s access list 32
Number of channels registered to a single nickname 20
Number of entries in a single channel’s access list 1024
Number of entries on a single channel’s akick list 64
Number of memos a user may store 20
Number of entries on a single channel’s badwords list 32
Number of connections from a single IP address 8

If you need clarification on any of these limits, please come and see us in #help on

How to register a channel on GeekShed

Registering your channel on GeekShed gives you many advantages, and is completely free. These include:

  • Increased control over your channel
  • Ability to add people to the auto op list
  • Ability to add auto kicks
  • Ability to use a services bot to auto moderate your channel
  • And many many more…

To register your channel, you must first register your nickname. To do this, when you are using the nickname that you wish to register, type the following command into your IRC client:

/ns register password e-mail

You must replace password and e-mail with a real password and e-mail address, respectively. An example of the use of this command is:

/ns register supersecretpassword

It is important that you use your real e-mail address as this will be used in future if you ever forget your password. We will not send any unsolicited e-mail to this address.

Once you have registered your nickname, you can register your channel. All channels names begin with the # symbol, for example #help, #chris and #247fixes. Once you have picked a channel name, you can join it using the command:

/join #channel

For example:

/join #chat

Once you have joined the channel, if it is not already registered, you should see your name in the nickname list with the @ symbol next to it. This means you are an operator in the channel. You may now register it with the following command:

/cs register #channel password description

You must replace #channel, password and description with the channel name, the channel password and a description of the channel. An example of the use of this command is:

/cs register #chat verysecretpassword Freds chat channel

Once you have done that, you should see your name in the nick list prefixed with the ~ symbol. This means you are the owner of the channel.

If you have any problems registering your channel, come and talk to us in #help on

Common Question – How did WyldRyde spend my money?

There have been many questions directed at us lately about the status of donations made to WyldRyde. In this post we hope to clear it up for all users and prevent the pain of answering the same question many times.

GeekShed is a separate entity to WyldRyde and its staff have never had any knowledge of WyldRyde’s accounts or expenditure. We strongly sympathise with users who would like these questions answered, but kindly ask you to refer them to WyldRyde.

At GeekShed, we offer complete transparency of our accounts – simply because we have nothing to hide. We openly welcome comments or questions about our expenditure.

We understand that users like their donor vhosts and these have already been ported over to the new domain. Once our vhost policy is established, we will publish more information on the future of these vhosts. We do, however, vow that your vhost will not be lost and that your donor level, as shown in the vhost, will remain the same – although the wording is subject to change.

We apologise unreservedly for the problems you are having and hope that your questions will be answered within a satisfactory time scale.

Nick Prefixes Explained

Nick prefixes are the symbols which you see at the start of some people’s nicknames. GeekShed uses 5 different prefixes for nicknames.

  • ~ for owners – to get this, you need to be +q in the channel
  • & for admins – to get this, you need to be +a in the channel
  • @ for full operators – to get this, you need to be +o in the channel
  • % for half operators – to get this, you need to be +h in the channel
  • + for voiced users – to get this, you need to be +v in the channel
  • Users with no status in the channel will have no nick prefix

These prefixes let you better understand who owns a channel and who the senior admins and other moderators are.

GeekShed Certificate Authority

GeekShed has established a certificate authority to allow it to issue signed SSL certificates. All you must do, to prevent your IRC client notifying you of a bad certificate (unless of course your connection is being tampered with) is install our root certificate.

To do this on Windows, follow the following simple steps:

1) Download this file and save it somewhere (MD5 = 73c63926c41a312a031c56457b638423)

2) Double click it. You should see the following:


3) Click “install certificate”. You should see the following:


4) Click “Next” and change the check box so that it is marking “Place all cetificates in the following store”. It should look like this:


5) Click the browse button and you should see a screen like this:


6) Click “Trusted root certification authorities” so that it is highlighted.

7) Click OK to the close the “Select Certificate Store” window and click “Next” followed by “Finish” to close the “Certificate Import Wizard” window.

8) Click OK to finally close the “Certificate” window.

9) You should now be able to use our SSL services without being prompted about a bad certificate. To do this, connect to on port 6697, ensuring SSL is enabled for the connection. On mIRC, you simply need to type: /server

Topic RSS

EDIT: You can also do this with Javascript now! See for info.

We have setup the following RSS feeds that track topic changes.

For the current topic of every channel on the network use: feed://

For a feed that returns the current topic of any channel you specify replace, “help” with the channel name you want: feed://

For a feed that returns the last 10 topics of any single channel you specify replace, “chris” with the channel name you want: feed://

For example, you could use this free script to display your chat’s current topic or history of topics on your web site.

Note: Do not include the pound sign in your channel name.

The GeekShed topic RSS service also supports switching of topic and main body. This may help with ease of use in some RSS readers.

To use the new switch feature, simply tag &switch onto the end of your RSS feed URL. For example:

To use the data from this RSS feed to put the current topic on your website, use the following code:

// Edit This
$chan = 'phil';

// Don't edit this
$xml = simplexml_load_file(''.$chan);

<!-- Edit this HTML to suit your layout -->
#<?php echo $chan; ?> Topic: <?php echo htmlentities($xml->channel->item->description); ?>

User Count Badges

GeekShed offers free badges for your website to display how many users your channel has. To get one for your site, use the following easy generator:

Channel name:
Small Image?:
Big Image?:
Long Image?:
BG Color:


Big: Small:


NOTE: For a text-only count of the users in a channel, use:

In the example, the channel is #help. Simply replace the channel with the name of your channel to get the text-only user count.