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3.4 Notices

In busy channels you might not be interested in all the joining, parting, quitting, and renaming that goes on. You can omit those notices using C-c C-o.

You can control which notices get omitted via the rcirc-omit-responses variable. Here’s an example of how to omit away messages:

(setq rcirc-omit-responses '("JOIN" "PART" "QUIT" "NICK" "AWAY"))

Notice that these messages will not be omitted if the nick in question has recently been active. After all, you don’t want to continue a conversation with somebody who just left. That’s why rcirc checks recent lines in the buffer to figure out if a nick has been active and only omits a message if the nick has not been active. The window rcirc considers is controlled by the rcirc-omit-threshold variable.

Certain messages can be omitted by default, unless the user manual requests them. For example, if you don’t want to display TOPIC and NAMES messages, after reconnecting, you can configure rcirc-omit-unless-requested to hide:

(setq rcirc-omit-unless-requested '("TOPIC" "NAMES"))

Now NAMES will only be displayed, after it has been requested via the rcirc-cmd-name command.