Have you ever had your computer, Internet or modem go down while you were on GeekShed, and then when you log back in you find out that your nickname is still connected? If so, you have been a ghost on the GeekShed network.
On IRC, a ghost session is one which is not actually connected, but which the IRC server believes is still online for one reason or another. Usually, this situation happens when your computer gets disconnected somehow while you’re on IRC. If the connection isn’t closed properly, you can remain on the network as a ghost.
These ghost connections are not really scary, but they are a little inconvenient since you cannot use your nickname until the ghost session disconnects. Fortunately you can end the session manually. To close a ghost session, use this command:
/msg NickServ GHOST nick password
For example, if LordBaconCheeseburger was the ghost session, I would type:
/msg NickServ GHOST LordBaconCheeseburger supersecretpassword
You will see the ghost session disconnect, usually with a message like this:
Quits: LordBaconCheeseburger (~email@example.com) (NickServ (GHOST command used by LordDoubleBaconCheeseburger))
You can then use the /NICK command to change to your nick. The ghost has been eliminated and you didn’t even have to worry about ectoplasmic residue.
—posted by Tengrrl/Bunny
Last year we published a list of the 10 Most Visited Tips for 2011. While the order shifted around, it turns you that you had the same top 9 questions for 2012. Why should I register my nickname and how do I do it? (#8 in 2011) rose to the #1 position, and new to the list was the question How Do I Join Channels Automatically?
Since there was little change in the overall most visited overall tips, I rounded up the most popular tips that were published in 2012. Here are the new tips that you visited the most:
- Using Channel Keys
- I’m Banned From My Own Channel
- Using Channel Modes to Hide Your Channel
- How to Block Private Messages (PMs)
- Choosing a Nickname
- Are You Using Our Round Robins?
- What To Do If You Forget Your Password
- What Is A Hostmask?
- What’s a Netsplit?
- Getting a Channel in the List of Chat Rooms
Thanks to everyone for a great 2012 on GeekShed. If you have any questions you’d like us to write about on the site, post the details in the Comments and Suggestions board on the GeekShed Forums. Also remember that you can apply to have your channel featured on the site, like our featured channels in 2012: #LordKaT, #EricJess, #mIRC, and #247fixes.
—posted by Tengrrl/Bunny