Once you have been on IRC long enough to acquire good friends who look forward
to hearing your news, you will begin to notice something odd. Your IRC buddies
will apparently acquire a magical ability to know when you log on.
Of course, theres no guarantee that these buddies are the people you most
want to hear from but that is life, isnt it. The reason they can do it is
that, in the jargon they have got you on notify.
Sometimes you will encounter annoying people in the channels. Those people are
just talking nonsense or being very abusive, yet your friends continue their conversations
as if nothing was happening. Perhaps for them, nothing is
They probably have that person on ignore which is almost the opposite of notify.
They have set their IRC client up so that messages from the annoying person are
filtered out so they never see them or know they are there.
That is certainly preferable to getting all angry and abusive yourself. As a regular
user there is nothing you can do about kicking misfits out of the channel. Only
channel operators can do that.
Your friends also seems to have a very good memory about the little things you
have told them about yourself, like your birthday, interests or gender or age.
You can do all these things too from the Contacts List in Snak. It integrates
the notify, ignore and address book functions into one convenient location.