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<h2>Rules and guidelines for the official GNU and FSF IRC channels</h2>

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<p><strong>GNU and FSF move official IRC channels to the Libera.Chat
network effective immediately.</strong></p>
<p>Please see the
<a href="https://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/info-gnu/2021-06/msg00005.html">original
announcement</a> and the follow-up
<a href="https://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/info-gnu/2021-06/msg00007.html">update
announcement</a> for more details.</p>
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<p>IRC (Internet Relay Chat) provides a wonderful resource to connect
free software users and developers together.  Our channels try to be
welcoming to both new people and long-time regulars.  These guidelines
exist with that goal in mind.</p>

<p>Everyone who uses or contributes to free software is a valuable
member of the free software community.  The goal of the GNU and FSF
IRC channels is to provide a place for the community to discuss things
and talk about free software and other issues which affect the rights
of computer users, such as Digital Restrictions Management.</p>

<p><b>If you have problems with any of these channels, with trolls or
abusive members, please email us at: <a
href="mailto:campaigns@fsf.org">campaigns@fsf.org</a>.</b></p>

<h3>List of channels</h3>

<p>This is a list of our channels.</p>
<ul>
<li><a href="ircs://irc.libera.chat:6697/gnu">#gnu</a> —
the <em>official</em> GNU Project Channel</li>
<li><a href="ircs://irc.libera.chat:6697/gnu-women">#gnu-women</a>
— a channel for women in GNU and other free software</li>
<li><a href="ircs://irc.libera.chat:6697/gnu-es">#gnu-es</a> —
GNU in Spanish</li>
<li><a href="ircs://irc.libera.chat:6697/gnu-mx">#gnu-mx</a> —
Discussion about GNU Mexico chapter</li>
<li><a href="ircs://irc.libera.chat:6697/fsf">#fsf</a> —
Discussion about the <a href="https://www.fsf.org/">FSF (Free Software
Foundation) and fsf.org</a>
</li>
<li><a href="ircs://irc.libera.chat:6697/libreplanet">#libreplanet</a>
— Discussion of the LibrePlanet website, and
<a href="https://www.fsf.org/conference/">conference</a>.</li>
<li><a href="ircs://irc.libera.chat:6697/emacs">#emacs</a> —
Discussion regarding <a href="/software/emacs/">Emacs</a></li>
<li><a href="ircs://irc.libera.chat:6697/hurd">#hurd</a> —
Discussion regarding <a href="/software/hurd/">Hurd</a></li>
<li><a href="ircs://irc.libera.chat:6697/grub">#grub</a> — for
the GNU bootloader, <a href="/software/grub/">GRUB</a></li>
<li><a href="ircs://irc.libera.chat:6697/savannah">#savannah</a>
— GNU and NonGNU <a href="https://savannah.gnu.org">Savannah</a>
hangout and support channel</li>
<li><a href="ircs://irc.libera.chat:6697/gnu-webmasters">#gnu-webmasters</a> — The
<a href="/people/webmeisters.html">GNU Webmasters</a>
channel, for discussions about www.gnu.org</li>
<li><a href="ircs://irc.libera.chat:6697/erc">#erc</a> — IRC
channel about ERC, an IRC client built into GNU Emacs</li>
<li><a href="ircs://irc.libera.chat:6697/emacs-beginners">#emacs-beginners</a>
— IRC channel for helping out Emacs beginners</li>
<li><a href="ircs://irc.libera.chat:6697/emacsconf">#emacsconf</a>
— Discussion about the Emacs Conference</li>
<li><a href="ircs://irc.libera.chat:6697/pspp">#pspp</a> href="ircs://irc.libera.chat:6697/gnu-librejs">#gnu-librejs</a> 
— Discussion regarding <a href="/software/pspp/">PSPP</a></li> href="/software/librejs/">LibreJS</a> 
and how to free your JavaScript</li>
</ul>

<h3>Channel rules</h3>

<ol>
<li>Respect — don't engage in racism or hate speech.  People are
  entitled to different opinions.</li>
<li>Appropriate — think before you type, is your comment appropriate?
  Is it possible someone may misinterpret what you're saying in jest
  as hateful speech?</li>
<li>Keep it on topic — personal attacks, trolling/baiting or flooding
  (posting multiple repetitive lines or large amounts of code) of the
  channel will not be tolerated.</li>
<li>And finally — each GNU Project and FSF channel exists to
  promote a specific aspect of GNU development or use; more generally,
  they all exist to promote free software and software users' freedom.
  Use the channel in ways that support these goals.</li>
</ol>

<h3>Abuses will not be tolerated</h3>

<p>IRC is not the exclusive playground of a few select individuals,
and recently some users have been banned from various official
channels.  These bans are an unfortunate, but unfortunately necessary
action in order to prevent further abuses from these users.</p>

<p>Bans can be applied to a channel, or to all channels based on the
severity or frequency of the abuses, at the discretion of the channel
operators.</p>

<p>Before you are banned, you will often be warned by an operator
first, however this is not always practical and an operator may deem
it unnecessary if a user has recently been kicked or banned.</p>

<p>In an ideal world, there would be no need for IRC operators, but
instead of trying to blame operators for this, blame the users who are
not willing to be in our community.</p>

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<p>Rules end here, but here are some helpful suggestions…</p>

<h3>Getting help</h3>

<p>Speak

<p>
If you had any problem with trolls, abusers, or people violating channels' rules,
please reach out to one of the channel's operators.
If an operator is unable to help you immediately, please be patient.  Ask
</p>
<p>
Prefer to ask general questions generally;
other members of the channel
for help and contact details for members can help, as much as the operator.</p>

<p>You operators, in most cases.
</p>
<p>
You can find a list of identify the operators by typing typing:
</p>
<p class="emph-box">
<code>/msg ChanServ flags
#gnu</code> (where #gnu <var>channel</var></code>
</p>
<p>where <code><var>channel</var></code> is the channel you name, for example
<code>#gnu</code>.
If the operators are interested in).</p> unable to help you,
or if your concern is of a more sensitive nature,
please email <a href="mailto:campaigns@fsf.org"><campaigns@fsf.org></a>.
</p>

<h3>Libera.Chat guidelines</h3>

<p>Libera.Chat also
maintains <a href="https://libera.chat/guidelines">a list of channel
guidelines</a> which you should also consider.  Certain discussions
such as GNU vs BSD, vi vs <a href="/software/emacs/">Emacs</a> are
often healthy to free software discussion and we encourage healthy
debate.</p>

<h3>Remember</h3>

<p>IRC is there for everyone, not just seasoned GNU developers.  It is
unreasonable to expect everyone to ignore a user who is misbehaving,
and if you have a GNU or FSF cloak, you may be reassigned an
“unaffiliated” cloak if you continue to abuse your privileges.</p>
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