If you have lost access to your account (forgotten username, forgotten password, or otherwise), the only way to recover that access is to go on NoBleme's NoBleme's IRC chat server and ask for a website administrator to manually reset your account's password. No need to worry about identity usurpation, there is a strict process in place that will allow the administrator to verify your identity before doing the resetting.
Like most online communities, NoBleme has a place where its members can hold conversations in real time, which is where most of the action happens: it is the heart of the community. This page is a FAQ explaining why we use IRC rather than anything else, and how to join us so that you can be a part of the conversation. Use the dropdown menu right above this paragraph to read more about NoBleme's IRC server and IRC in general.
IRC (Internet Relay Chat) is a real time communication protocol from 1988. Back in 2005, when NoBleme was founded, IRC was the most commonly used way to chat in real time over the Internet. We still use it to this day, for a variety of reasons detailed here. The way IRC works is that a central IRC server is hosted on NoBleme, and each user has to use their own IRC client of choice to connect to that server.
If you already know how to connect to an IRC server, you will find the connexion info for NoBleme's IRC server below. If you don't, no worries, keep reading, it's not as complicated as it seems.
In order to join an IRC server, you need what is called a client: an application that acts as a third party between the server and you. There are different types of clients, some of which need to be installed on your machine and others which don't, some which keep message history when you're not around and others which don't.
Once you spend time on NoBleme's IRC server, you might end up thinking that a web client has too many limitations. In this case, you can always install an IRC client on your machine. And if you feel sad that your IRC client does not keep track of message history for you, then you can always upgrade to using a bouncer.
As you can tell, freedom to choose the way you want to use IRC is both a blessing and a curse. It lets you heavily customize your chatting experience, but also means that a bit of effort is required in setting up your experience to fit your needs. Why is NoBleme choosing to stay on IRC despite this complexity, why don't we switch to a more modern real time chat application? It's complicated, here's a whole page dedicated to answering that question.
What are channels?
IRC servers are comprised of various channels, which are basically chat rooms. Channel names begin with a hash character (#). Some of NoBleme's channels are generic hubs with no specific theme (such as #english being the main english speaking channel), others are used to offload specific conversations away from the generic channels (such as #dev for computer science related content). You are free to choose which channels you join on the server, the channel list explains how to join a channel, and lists NoBleme's main IRC channels.
Why is nobody talking/replying to me?
Users are not always around in front of their computers or mobile devices. If you hit a bad timing and everyone is at work, sleeping, or just busy, then be patient and someone will eventually show up. During a standard day, there are long periods of time where no conversations happen, and others where NoBleme's IRC is busy with conversations, simply spend enough time on IRC and you'll eventually catch it at the right time.
Why are people writing in french?
NoBleme is a bilingual french/english server. Some channels are french only (including the #NoBleme hub), some are english only, some are mixed. The channel list shows the languages used in each channel.
Can people "steal" my username?
In order to gain exclusive ownership of your username, you first have to register it using our IRC services. You can find more about it on the IRC account management page. You are also free to not register and use IRC as a guest, using whichever username you desire.
How can I change my username?
You can change your username at any time. Some IRC clients allow you to change your username directly from their interface, others require you to use a command. You can find out more about commands on the IRC commands page.
Can I create my own channel on NoBleme's IRC server?
If it has anything to do with NoBleme or its community, sure, go ahead, no need to ask for permission. You will find more details on the IRC channel management page. You might even want it to be listed in the channel list, in which case use our administrative contact form to make a request. If you would like to create a channel for external people who have nothing to do with NoBleme, this is also fine, but please make sure they respect NoBleme's code of conduct at all times, and use the admin contact form to inform NoBleme's administrative team that you created a channel for your own community (if you don't keep us informed, we might think you are server squatters and shut it down by accident).
Where can I get help?
IRC can be overwhelming at first, but it is actually rather simple once you are used to it. If you need help with something, simply ask around, NoBleme's community is friendly and will help you out.
Must I talk?
There is no requirement to be part of the conversation, you can join IRC and simply read what others are talking about. It is likely that some people will eventually wonder who you are and ask you questions, but being a guest is not against the rules, feel free to not answer and keep reading. Maybe you will eventually want to be a part of the conversation!
Something bad happened, what do I do?
If a singular user is harrassing you, you can use the /ignore command to ignore them, then report their behavior to NoBleme's administrative team. If a user or channel is breaking NoBleme's code of conduct, please report them to the admins aswell. If users are flooding the server, then no need to act: NoBleme's administrative team will be aware of it, and will take action as soon as they are able to. Simply stay patient and wait for it to be over.
I can't join IRC, is the server dead?
Maybe. Ask on NoBleme's Discord server, we use it as our backup communication method.
Any plans to move from IRC to something else?
This has been discussed a lot, and is still being discussed on a regular basis. Currently, the answer is no.