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HIRC

Consider Heirarchial IRC channels — everyone ‘below’ a node in the tree receives all messages directed to that node of the tree and all it’s parents. Does this seem useless? Consider a neat hack for ‘first-classifying’ users into the channel system — auto-join all users to #user, with their user names — using IRC URLs, this looks like:

  irc://freenode.net/users/jsnx

If you wanted to broadcast to all users, that’s irc://freenode.net/users. Similarly, you could autojoin the admins to #admin as well as #user, allowing them to chat amongst themselves and be addressed as a group. There is some weirdness in this, though, because you’d either have a lot chat windows open at one time or they’d magically open and close. Also, the user’s private message channel would be shared amongst all the people that are messaging that user!

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