Ignoring Bots in IRC Channels using Colloquy
Posted by Neil Crosby on March 8, 2008 11:07 AM
I’ve recently started using IRC again. Unfortunately, one of the channels that I use is somewhat infested with bots. This is a pity because when there’s signal in the channel it’s very useful stuff to be aware of. So, instead of whining like a little girl I decided to “man up” and do something about removing the bots and related noise from my view.
My first attempt to do this didn’t turn out so well. I use Colloquy as my IRC client on the Mac, so tried the obvious thing of right clicking on the username of the bot I wanted to ignore and selecting, you guessed it, “Ignore”. At first this seemed to work, but unfortunately the next time I loaded up Colloquy the bot started spewing out its nonsense again. Something had to be done.
Rooting around the application, I found the place that controls how people and messages get ignored. How do you get there? Well…
- Open the “Window” menu and select “Connections”
- Select the server that you’d like to set up ignore rules for, and click on the “Info” icon.
- Select the “Ignores” tab.
- Now you can set up your ignore rules!
Phew - it’s almost like I was back in Windows World. It shouldn’t be that hard to get to be able to set up a few Ignores Rules, should it?
From the Ignores tab you can pretty much set up any rules you like, just remember to make them permanent. For each of the bots I wanted to ignore I set up a simple “If the sender’s name is xxx, ignore it” rule. As well as that, I set up associated rules for bot control messages that I didn’t want to see as well. So, for example, for a karma bot that was controlled by lines such as “item++” and “item—” I set up rules in the format “Ignore messages if message contains
\+\+$”. You see, Colloquy allows to you use lovely regular expressions in your ignore rules, so with a bit of ingenuity you too will be able to banish all that horrible bot noise back where it belongs. Fantastic.
The only thing I wish I could do now is be able to selectively press a button to allow me to see the text that I’ve been ignoring. This would be useful to make sure that I’ve not inadvertently been a bit too liberal with my regular expressions. After all, Colloquy must be receiving the messages that I’m ignoring, so it should be fairly trivial to allow me to take a peek at what I’m ignoring. Right?
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