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The #compsci.ca channel on IRC is where all the cool members are hanging out. Chances are, if you're not there, you're missing something exciting and important.
Main Channel: #compsci.ca
Off Topic Channel: #compsci.ca-chat
Self-taught Programming Channel: #cs-self-taught
Of The Main Channel
Much of #compsci.ca's early history is shrouded in mystery. Nobody is quite sure the exact time when it was created, but rumour has it that Coutsos was its founder, although he did not begin to regularly attend it until quite some time later. Its first regular inhabitants were wtd and a mysterious lurker named Ultrahex, who though a member of compsci does not seem to ever post on the forums. Things took off sometime in early 2005, when a wave of members, including Hikaru79, Coutsos, Cervantes, and Gandalf started regularly attending the channel. At present, #compsci.ca has a regular population of about ten, give or take, although it is subject to occasional flurries of activity, often when the moon is full.
As of April 15th, 2006, #compsci.ca is for CompSci.ca and programming related discussion. Excessive off topic discussion is to be held in #compsci.ca-chat.
Of The Self-taught Programming Channel
This channel was thought of on the forums by wtd on December 14, 2005. The main interest of this new channel is Ruby and O'Caml. This channel is not for the people who are taught programming in high school but for the people who self-teach it. When wtd announced it, there was a great cheer for wtd since he created the channel for the rest of the users to use and ask questions about.
Of The Compsci.ca Chat Channel
Founded in April 15th, 2006 during the Great IRC Crackdown of 2006, it was designed to reduce much of the spam going on in the #compsci.ca main room.
This new channel is a place for more relaxed chat, the old is for more CompSci.ca related discussion and computer science in general. Programming, operating systems, etc., it's all welcome in #compsci.ca. If you are going to spam, please join #compsci.ca-chat. If you spam too much, you will be devoiced and/or kicked.
Much of #compsci.ca's time is spent in utter silence (while its members spend time in deep personal reflection and thought), broken periodically by outbursts of conversation, instruction, and weirdness. Hilarity often ensues. Confusion can become rampant when the mature members take to stealing each other's nicknames (see Coutsos Identity Crisis). On a good day, wtd can be observed teaching some interesting, mind-blowing new programming concept.
Ocasionally if you are really lucky you'll witness something as bizzare as this wonderful event.
IRC Names to CompSci.ca User Names
- wtd - wtd, Lotho
- Cornflake - God, md, or cornflake
- Coutsos - Coutsos
- Cervantes - Cervantes, Minsc, and 100's of other variations that come up
- Gandalf - Gandalf, [Gandalf]
- Hikaru79 - Hikaru79
- Hacker Dan - Hacker_Dan, Dan
- timmytheturtle - timmy, timmytheturtle, timmythetortoise
- Amailer - Amailer
- TheFerret - TheFerret
- Martin - mdkess
- cartoon_shark - rdrake
- rizzix - rizzix
- Compwiz333 - A-Pomb
- Bored - Bored, Confused
*Note: May vary greatly when name-switching game is in progress.
The future for #compsci.ca is looking bright, as it receives more and more attention in the compsci.ca community, particularly through the siggies and evangelism of Cervantes, Coutsos, and Hikaru79. With any luck, it will soon be as integral a part of the compsci.ca experience as the forum has come to be.