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This page lists standardised keywords that can be spoken on IRC to immediately alert certain groups of users, such as administrators or stewards, present in the channel. This greatly enhances chances of being promptly processed over the previous method, which requires that the relevant users notice the request with no special notification. However, please only use these stalkwords in case of emergency, something that must be taken care of quickly, liberal use of these words may result in quieting or banning.

Stalkwords[edit]

Global[edit]

Keyword Notes
!steward Alert all stewards present, preferably in #wikimedia-stewards.
!gs Alert all global sysops and some stewards present, preferably in #wikimedia-gs.

Administrators[edit]

Please do not add a keyword to this list unless you are an administrator willing to stalk it. Note that a simple !admin is currently used in several channels dedicated to a particular project.

Project Keyword
Multilingual wikis
Commons !admin@commons
Meta !admin@meta
Wikidata !admin or !team
Wikibooks
English !admin@enbooks
Wikipedia
Dutch !mod or !admin@nlwiki (less stalkers)
English !admin
French !admin
Italian !admin or !admin@itwiki
Simple English !admin@simplepedia
Spanish !biblio
Portuguese @admin or !admin
Chinese ^admin
Wikisource
English !admin@ensource
French !admin@frsource
Wiktionary
English !admin@enwikt
Wikinews
English !admin@enwikinews
Interlingual !admin@wikinews
Wikiquote
Interlingual !admin@wikiquote
Wikiversity
English !custodian? or !admin?
Interlingual !custodian? or !admin?

Documentation[edit]

Construction[edit]

To simplify multilingual usage, stalkwords are constructed in a standardised format: !<group>@<language code><short project suffix>. For example, administrators on the English Wikipedia can be alerted with !admin@enpedia.

Alternatively, the standard database name can be used. These are constructed in a similar manner (<lang><project>), but use the full project name (with the exception that Wikipedia is shortened to wiki). For example, administrators on the English Wikipedia can be alerted with !admin@enwiki.

It is unclear which method of constructing stalkwords is more widely used. Check the channel's /topic for guidance - the stalkword used is often listed there.

Project suffixes
Project Suffix Alternate suffix
Commons commons commonswiki
Meta meta metawiki
Wikibooks books wikibooks
Wikipedia pedia wiki
Wikiquote quote wikiquote
Wikinews news wikinews
Wikisource source wikisource
Wikispecies species wikispecies
Wikiversity versity wikiversity
Wiktionary wikt wiktionary

How to stalk words[edit]

ChatZilla[edit]

ChatZilla has a /stalk command specifically for this task. Type "/stalk someword" to be alerted whenever someone says someword. You can list current stalkwords by typing "/stalk" without a parameter, or stop stalking a word by typing "/unstalk someword". You can also edit the list through the preferences: ChatZilla > Preferences > Global settings > Lists > Stalk words.

Documentation: disnorge.no, hacksrus.com.

Colloquy[edit]

In Colloquy, you can create a list of stalk words using the "Alerts" section of the preferences window (Command-,). Add your words separated by spaces and enclosed in forward slashes, for example, as /!admin/ /jimbo/. This will highlight the strings "!admin" and "jimbo" whenever they appear in the text, regardless of context.

IceChat[edit]

IceChat lets you edit the list of stalk words in the color settings: Options > Colors > Text Highlighting > Edit. Be sure to pick a unique color and sound to use.

Irssi[edit]

Irssi has a /hilight command specifically for this task. Type "/hilight someword" to be alerted whenever someone says someword. If this does not work, try activating the feature by typing "/set hilight on". You can stop stalking a word by typing "/dehilight someword". See the documentation for more advanced usage.

Documentation: f0rked.com.

Regex: !admin(@en(pedia|wiki)?)?(\s|$) will hilight on !admin, !admin@en, !admin@enwiki, !admin@enpedia. It's a fairly simple regex that can be adapted to wherever you're an admin. The final question mark can be omitted if you only want to watch for "!admin" alone in specific channels (see documentation).

Konversation[edit]

Konversation can be configured to highlight (and optionally play a different sound for each stalk word) from the menu: Settings > Configure konversation > Messages > Highlight.

Documentation: konversation.berlios.de

Kopete[edit]

Kopete has the "Highlight" plugin where stalk words can be defined. From the menu: Settings > Configure Plugins...

KVIrc[edit]

KVIrc lets you edit the list of stalk words in the preferences: Settings > Configure KVIrc > IRC > Tools > Alert/Highlight.

mIRC[edit]

mIRC lets you edit the list of stalk words in the preferences: Tools > Address Book > Highlight > Add.

X-Chat & HexChat[edit]

X-Chat lets you edit the list of stalk words in the preferences: Settings > Preferences > Chatting > General > Extra words to highlight on.

  • ! and @ (at least) break highlight words: any non alpha character with the exception of -[]{}`\^_| are considered non word characters (due to the history of IRC). There is a perl script you can use to get regex stalkwords which gets around this limitation.

LimeChat[edit]

LimeChat lets you edit the list of stalk words in the preferences: LimeChat > Preferences > Highlight. You may choose between partial and exact matching for the highlight. You may also edit a list of "dislike" words. A dedicated checkbox allows you to highlight your nickname without explicitly listing it in the highlight list. Another checkbox allows you to highlight the whole line in case of matching.