The PotC Wiki's IRC channel (chat room) is where the PotC Wiki meetings are held. Between these, the channel serves as a place for general chit-chat about the PotC Wiki, as well as a method of quickly notifying admins about vandalism in progress or asking questions.
To join follow this link:  and add your username.
In general, #potcwiki IRC is intended for chatting about PotC Wiki. It's not a role-playing channel, and it's not exactly a general-purpose Pirates of the Caribbean discussion channel. The PotC Wiki is the topic.
Off-topic discussion is generally allowed with the consent of the administrators, except in the case of official functions such as meetings. The rules below will help clarify this.
The rules for #potcwiki IRC are simple:
- Don't be an imbecile. You will never be asked to be "nice," and personal attacks are unpreventable in IRC. But as a guideline, don't go out of your way to irritate others. Vicious abuse is grounds for sanctions.
- No whining. Users who ask for something from another IRC user and are refused it should not stoop to complaining, which is grounds for sanctions. It is acceptable to be persistent, but in a mature manner.
- Real-world politics and/or religion may only be discussed with unanimous consent. If someone doesn't want to talk about them, drop the subject.
- The PotC Wiki's IRC's official language: English. We don't care if it's British or American, as long as it's not "L33t" or "TXT." Abbreviations are fine, but keep it within reason.
- No spamming. The meaning should be obvious. Don't say the same thing six times because no one is responding to you. Don't keep yammering on about a subject nobody cares about.
- No role-playing. By and large, regulars in #wookieepedia find roleplaying in IRC to be annoying and dumb. You are not really a pirate, a royal marine, or a cursed crewman. If you act like you are, you will be kicked.
- Ops=admins. In general, the people with @ symbols (or however your client denotes ops) are PotC Wiki administrators. If they're around, then there is an official presence to consult and there are people enforcing the rules. There are exceptions, as not all administrators feel the need to "wear a badge" in IRC, and some ops may not be admins, but system processes or helpful bots.
The standard sanctions for dealing with violators of IRC policies are as follows:
- Warning. Directed at the violator by an operator.
- Kicking. Should only occur when policy violations, spamming, trolling, and similar transgressions are sufficiently obvious and continuous that all operators agree.
- Channel mute. All users are voiced except the violator, allowing said violator to grow frustrated and quit on his own.
- Kickbanning. When all else fails. Anyone with more brains than a bilge rat will never get to this point.