written by Gabriel "Recharge" Owens
Section One: Basic Starter Information
Section Two: Stuff we talk about and injokes
This is the FAQ file for the IRC Channel "#wiigii!" on Dalnet.
A FAQ is a list of Frequently Asked Questions and their answers. The purpose of this FAQ is to explain the customs of #wiigii! in hopes of helping new chatters acclimate themselves quickly and easily, or warn them to steer clear, as the case may warrant.
Sort of. IRC is short for Internet Relay Chat. It's a completely different system from your typical chat rooms, but many of the same principles apply.
First, go to www.goatse.cx. Then, download and install an IRC client (http://www.tucows.com/ should be able to help you with that), generally mIRC and vIRC are the most commonly used by PC users. For MACs, there are several similar programs. Next, connect to any DALnet server (such as irc.dal.net). After connecting, type in "/join #WiiGii!" (don't forget the "!") and engulf yourself in our madness.
It's pronounced wee - jee. Not wiggy, not wigger, and not wyjee.
Once in the old, now defunct #tfu, David "Walky" Willis accidentally mistyped "woohoo!" as "wiigii!". This became a running gag and eventually Walky named his own channel #wiigii! Simple as that.
As mentioned above, this channel was founded and is still run by David "Walky" Willis. Swift "You can't use my REAL name in the FAQ, gosh I'm a net dork" Eagle is the other head operator.
Transformer discussion on IRC could probably be traced an number of ways, but here it is how I understand it:
OT stands for "off-topic". "On-topic" would be abbreviated the same way, but that's not what people mean when they use the term OT. There is no "On-topic" in #wiigii!, despite what Deathy may think. #wiigii! is a TransFAN channel, not a transformer channel. We are not necessarily there to talk about transformers. In fact, a few members (mostly Significant Others of other channel members) don't even know anything about them weird hunks of plactic. Any topic you could possibly think can and will be discussed there. However, when there IS transformer related discussion, it's (we'd like to think) the best you could find online. Just don't go there and EXPECT that's what will be discussed.
#wiigii! is an open, freewheeling forum. As discussed above, transformers is a binding force for us all, but not our limit of topic discussion. You can probably find some people to talk about whatever suits your fancy and will probably get some good discussion. We are, however, uncensored. Which means we curse and have explicit conversation. If you're easily offended, this is not the place for you. As we say: "Welcome to wiigii! Wear a cup." The general idea is to always put a good emphasis on humor on any topic from the high brow (rare) to the juvenile (our bread and butter).
There used to be somewhat of a webpage, which had channel logs and "ATTer of the Week" (an idea that was abandoned after the second week) in it, but sadly that is gone. There's more than enough material on various channel members harddrvives and home pages to make a new one, but no one's stepped forward to do it yet (Don't look at me, I made the mailing list AND this FAQ, someone else can do that).
A "kick" is when a channel operator (op) removes you from the channel. This is immediate and there's nothing you can do about it. A simple kick will allow you back in immediately (some IRC clients will have a setting for immediate reentry in case of kicking or pinging out). A kickBAN is when an operator removes you from the channel and puts a ban on your address so you can't return.
In some IRC channels, you can be kicked for looking at an Op cross ways. #wiigii! is fairly open and it's actually very hard to get kicked for anything (except in a joking manner). You have to REALLY TRY AND PISS US OFF. The kickbanning offenses are:
Spoilers are significant plot points or advancements to a story that are new and a lot of people have yet to see. #wiigii! is pretty tough on spoiling; you could be kicked for it. This does NOT just apply to Transformer related material; any kind of movie, TV show or book that's significantly geeky, you can bet there's a good number of channel members who would wish not to be spoiled. Use good judgement; for example, if an episode of RiD that airs in Canada a week or so ahead of the US; that's off topic for Dirty Canadians to talk about in the channel. If it's been nationally broadcasted throughout the US and Canada, it's considered open game in the channel usually after a day or two unless someone specifically asks not to be spoiled because they: a) missed it and have it on tape and haven't watched it yet, b) are foreign and are waiting for their tapes to arrive, or c) There are people on the west coast who still have to wait three more hours than the east coast people to see the episode in question. Movies and books, however, can be spoiler material for months and in some cases years, so always ask first when talking about major plot points of these. If you and another MUST talk about Jurassic Park III or something considerably spoily, #wiigii!spoilers has been created. Go and have fun.
Channel members generally find it annoying when an unknown comes in and starts trying to sell off their wares. In fact, he/she'll be openly mocked and hounded, and eventually kicked if they don't let up. Casual sales and trades between regulars is OK, though.
Sure there are. Again, #wiigii! is a TransFAN channel. There are other transformer based channels, like #cybertron, which has a ban on the nasty language we use in #wiigii! and generally try to stay on transformer related topics. There's also a TF WAREZ channel, #transformers (yes, the same that used to be the ORIGINAL home of IRC chat TF discussion), #beastieschat, and #iacon, among others.
SECTION TWO: Stuff we talk about and injokes
(Blow its and FAGIZ and Queers, oh my!)
You might wander into #wiigii! and see names that no longer post on ATT, like Liquid Velcro, Trixter, Megatron33, Windchaser, or Lithrael. You may also see many people you know from ATT, like Thyacline 2000, M Sipher, Rob Powers (TOOG), Hooper_X, Walky, Recharge, or superspy. You may also see people you've never heard of, like Forky or Mop Boy or Ytse. #wiigii! is a conglomerate of Transfans from all over, what we like to think of as "The Cream of the Crop". There is no one place people come from to be in #wiigii, though a good number of us are or were at one time regulars on ATT.
Ryan "Darwinian Road Kill" Hawe is a Canadian transfan fairly well known on ATT and IRC. He has a tenuous connection with various members of #wiigii! However, due to deeply personal issues not to be discussed here, he's not well liked by several people on #wiigii and vice versa. Ryan, despite how he feels, was never a regular in #wiigii! Nor is he banned. But it's considered a good idea if he doesn't come in. If you REALLY MUST know the whole story, ask someone in the channel or just follow Ryan's posts at ATT where the story usually pops up once every six months.
Nick "Nixtr" Morency is a long time Internet Transfan, possibly dating back to the original Transformer mailing list. Nixtr was a regular on ATT (and an irregular on #wiigii!) since it's inception and hosted a rival internet TF radio show to wiigii! member Brian Kilby's own RFC. Nixtr was also a well known and outspoken hard line conservative and anti abortionist. In March 2001, Nixtr plead guilty to federal charges of interfering with an abortion clinic (threatening an abortion doctor's life via an internet posted bounty) and possession of child pornography (CD Roms with thousands of pictures of kids 5-11 in violent and sexual positions). This came as quite a shock to those who've known him, and the fandom is still kind of reeling. Being the sensitive souls that we are, he's become a favorite target of our jokes. Any mention you see of abortion, child molestation, Roger Dodger! (his farewell), or Ovaltine (he loved the stuff), is probably in reference to him.
In the Beast Wars Season 2 episode "Other Visits" Part Two, Optimus Primal, in reference to the time bombs surrounding an alien complex, tells Rattrap to "Blow it." This innocuous line became a favorite running joke in #wiigii! and the World's Worst Fanfic (those guys are #wiigii! regulars). Oftentimes when someone make certain remarks, you twist it into a blow it joke. Example:
|*Dalmation wipes his mouth off. |
<Walky> <Primal> Blow it. *Dalmation wipes his mouth off.
|These can be done in strings of sentences, mixed and matched for
maximum comic effect; the only restriction is making changes to the
sentences themselves; it must be an exact quote.
goatse.cx is something of a legend in certain circles of the Internet. Hooper_X found it through the portalofevil.com, and now the standard response to ANY request for a URL is www.goatse.cx. As near as anyone can tell, Mr. Goatse (Real name unknown) suffers from either an extremely severe medical condition or an extremely good case of Photoshopping. We do know that he IS married (he's wearing a wedding band) and is probably in his fifties or older.
Way back in 1998, a gentleman by the name of MG-Dinobot "wrote" several fanfics that at best could be described as inept. The most famous of these, "Dinobot's Old Technology," was a horrible and pointless "alternative telling" of the Beast Wars episode "Code Of Hero." In and of themselves, these fanfics would not be so terrible, were it not for the fact that MG-Dinobot was apparently an English as a Second Language student, and, as such, translated his fanfics from extremely idiomatic French to English by hand, using a dictionary. Thus, lines like "Speak for yourself!" became "Talk for you!" Being the caring and sensitive worldsouls we are, #wiigii! took a special shine to MG-Dinobot's interesting little fanfics, and made them our own. The complete works of MG-Dinobot can be found at: http://www.fandome.com/tfww/ in the Fanfics Legends section.
TrypticonX is a very special person who visits #wiigii! and ATT (and Botcon now, apparently) to spread his word and bring joy to all the boys and girls. A great log of Tryp at his best can be found here: http://www.geocities.com/repowers/warfork-prelude.html and here: http://www.skyjammer.com/~pzeman/warfork.log.txt
(Editor's note: Due to personal problems, Tryp will not be back on #wiigii! or ATT for a while. We wish Tryp the best and hope to see him again one day.)
This could be one of four things. As talked about above, there is 733t (elite) speak. So called "hackers" apparently converse with each other this way, using symbols in the place of actual Roman letters. If say, a channel member installs Excel 95 successfully on their computer, they might say "ph334 m1 l33+ sk1llz" as a joke. There's also well known "stupid speak" which was invented when dumb people met the internet. How old RU? A/s/l? LOL! And all similar types of AOLing is not tolerated in a serious manner. Then there's also what's been dubbed BANGALDESHE SPEKE which channel member Hooper_X lifted from his site, sexsexworld.com (not a porn site). HELO? HELO? UR CHATENG 4 SEXES? U=FAGIZ! are all examples of this. Ask him if you really need the full story, OKY? Or we could be talking about Frank. God bless Frank. http://community-2.webtv.net/FRANKSHOME/ Go. Learn. LETS MERGE
The truth is, there is no way to know all of them. If you hang around the channel long enough, you may pick up most, but some are only known by a handful of people. For instance, the whole "I see you baby" joke was started by Recharge with his "Real Life" friends. While some on #wiigii! find it amusing, like Hooks, no one really gets the damn thing except Charge and his drinking buddies. Other injokes like Hooks' Chrysler factory and Who's Swift/Tony and Thundergut should be easy to figure out. Don't feel overwhelmed; that's just God hating you.
First of all, fuck you for saying it, and no, we don't all think alike (Yes, I'm using group pronouns. Bite me). There is some VERY strong dichotomy in the channel on several different subjects, and we yell (er, converse) about them constantly, from the recent presidential election to events that happened in transformer canon. We have members with some odd likes and dislikes that aren't that prevalent, like a preference for toy based art and comics canon, but that isn't by far the "wiigii!" preference. Just because certain members of #wiigii! seem to back each other up a lot does not mean we cannot think for ourselves, its more likely that fellow channel members choose not to argue that point in public.
MadMaxMFP is considered #wiigii!'s attack dog, a hyper, obscene punk rock teen from New York City who seemingly hates everything and everybody but has worked his way into our hearts. He's kind of our first defense against those that probably couldn't handle it in there anyways. Yes, he's rude, vulgar, and seemingly irrationally hateful, but we wouldn't have him any other way.
Right now, sucking Walky's dick is about the only way to get ops. Seriously, the channel has more operators (ops) than it really needs, and generally we only give ops to non regular ops is when the last regular op has to leave the channel unguarded, he (yes, they're all guys) ops a trustworthy member left. This is all assuming Chanserv is working.
Nnnnng. Nnnnnoooo..we dooon't HATE them, per se, and I hate to even say there's a rivalry. But there has been tension and hard feelings at times between the two channels. Obviously, Dalnet needs at least two TF channels for variety in atmosphere. We at #wiigii! realize that we're not for everyone, and wouldn't have it any other way, and I'm sure #cybertron in some dank recess realizes that too, but still, issues pop up. It usually boils down to just how different the operating procedures are between the two channels. We'll probably never totally get along as long as certain people are on IRC. Some people maintain a relationship with both channels (like The Grape), which often leads to diplomatic resolutions.
13a. What about #iacon?
Oh yeah. We hate those fuckers.
You know it, baby. Come here for some lovin'. Seriously, gay jokes and FAG DOINGS is just one of those "locker room" mentality things that we like to do in there. You could say it's Right Up Our Gay Alley.
Ahem. The owner of the channel, Walky, draws a webcomic (As does another #wiigii!er, Dalmation, but his fans don't come) by day called "It's Walky!" (yeah, he's a conceited little bastard). He often works in channel references, and even channel cameos into his comic, and his "fans" from his message board often come in to talk to their god (these are very sad little people, mind you). They're generally harmless, but a good percentage of the channel does get sick of "All It's Walky!, All The Time". Dammit, we have gay jokes to make. Hrmph.
Christmas of 2000, Hooper_X sent out a Christmas greeting to all #wiigii!ers in his address book. This started an email "Thread" between all receipients of the email. Alan^ suggested that we start a mailing list as a supplement to the channel, so late December 2000, Recharge created the Wiigii! mailing list on Yahoo! And our mail hasn't been the same since. Recharge is Owner/Operator and Hooper_X is the alternate operator.
16a. What's the point? What do you guys talk about there?
The mailing list is really just a slower version of a conversation in the channel and an excuse to spam each other. We also exchange jokes, funny spam, and URLs and chat logs that people might have missed in the channel.
16b. How can I get on the #wiigii! mailing list?
Sorry, but no. Though we really AREN'T elitist assholes (OK, we are), and the channel itself is open to anyone who wants to come, the mailing list is closed for memberships for the time being (barring those long time member who have yet to sign up). The list already has over 30 members, most being active, and the list accrues 200 to 400(!) mailings a month. Any more and we'd be forced to start a newsgroup. The only way to get on the list is to become a #wiigii! regular and really, REALLY get in good. Or get "Made", as Rob Powers likes to put it.
Fuck if we know. People suck. They're all jealous, as far as we can tell.
You are on our home planet, which is invisible to scanners and the well-trained eye.
Special thanks to Walky, Hooper_X, and the #wiigii! gang for helping with this FAQ.