Lost account access

As a part of its privacy policy, NoBleme will protect your anonymity as much as possible. This means that you will never be sent any emails that could be used to link you to your identity on the website, or asking you to provide your password. On top of that, automated password recovery systems can be used in a few nefarious ways that we would rather not have to deal with. With this context in mind, NoBleme decided to not implement an automated account recovery process.

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.



Vocabulary and symbols


The server is the interface to which everyone is connected in order to chat on IRC. When you send a message on IRC, it is first sent to the server, which then redistributes it to the people who should see that message. In NoBleme's case, the server is software called UnrealIRCd.


An IRC client is a computer program or application that serves as an interface between a user and an IRC server. Each client has their own interface, appearance, and settings, which means that everyone sees IRC differently.


A bouncer is a tool that allows you to retain full history of conversations which happen on IRC, even while you are offline. You can find out more about bouncers on the bouncer page of this FAQ.


An IRC server is comprised of an unlimited number of channels, which can be public or private. When a message is sent on an IRC channel, only the users present on that channel will be able to read the message. IRC channel names begin with the pound sign (#NoBleme, #english, #dev). You can find more information about IRC channels on the channel list.


A channel's founder can give some abilities to specific users (such as the ability to kick problematic users) by making them channel operators. Different operator types have different abilities, which are documented at the bottom of this page in the symbols section. There are also global operators, which have the power to shut down channels, issue server-wide bans, and possess a few more tools useful in extreme situations. In order to avoid tracking their absence to plan mischievous acts when none of them are online, the identity of global operators will remain a secret.

Kick / Ban

When a user misbehaves or breaks the code of conduct, a few measures can be taken by operators against them. A kick will remove them from the channel, but leave them the ability to rejoin it afterwards, acting as a warning that they should keep it cool. A ban will exclude them from the channel and prevent them from rejoining it, for a set amount of time (which can be forever).

Services: NickServ & ChanServ

All actions related to user accounts or channel administration are done through what are called Services, special users on the IRC network which go by the usernames NickServ (for users) and ChanServ (for channels). You can read more about them on the NickServ and ChanServ pages of this FAQ.


On IRC, in order to do any action other than chatting, you must use commands. They are sent on the server the same way as normal chat messages, but begin with a slash / character. For example, joining a channel is done by typing /join #channel. You will find a guide of useful commands in the commands, NickServ, and ChanServ pages of this FAQ.


IRC channels have settings which are controlled by operators through changing what is called a "mode". It is materialized as a series of letters defining what can or cannot be done on that channel. For example, a channel with mode +m is in mute mode: only operators and voiced users can chat in that channel, others will not be able to send messages.


In most IRC clients, when someone else writes your username, you will get notified in some way and see the line of text highlighted. Thus, highlighting someone is the term used for when you aim a message at a specific person on IRC by including their username in the message.


A lurker is someone who idles in an IRC channel without sending any messages. Lurkers are as welcome as anyone else on NoBleme's IRC server, we have no issue with users who do not participate in the conversation.


Not every user on IRC is tied to a human person, some are automated computer programs which we call "Bots". They have different uses and abilities depending on the type of bot they are, you can find out more about them on the bots page of this FAQ.

Operator and user symbols

On IRC channels, some users can be given operator abilities, which allow them to manage the channel and handle problematic users. In most IRC clients, operator levels are represented through specific symbols, which appear before the user's username (for example, @Planeshift or ~Bad). These also correspond to a specific user mode, represented by a letter (for example, a channel operator will have +o mode on that channel).

You can find out more about operator rights and how to manage them on the ChanServ page of this FAQ. Below is a table of user modes and symbols, and their associated abilities.

title Symbol Mode Abilities
User     Regular user
Voiced + +v Can still send messages if the channel is set to mute (+m) mode.
Halfop % +h Half operator. Can kick regular users.
Operator @ +o Can kick or ban anyone who is not an admin or channel founder.
Admin & +a Can kick or ban anyone who is not channel founder, and can name or remove operators.
Founder ~ +q Can kick or ban anyone and name or remove admins and operators. There can only be one founder per channel at any given time.