[rb-general] Greetings and Questions

Geert Stappers stappers at stappers.nl
Sat Mar 2 18:41:32 CET 2019

On Sat, Mar 02, 2019 at 08:16:06AM -0800, Anh Pham wrote:
> Hello,
> My name is Anh Pham and I am interested in contributing to Reproducible
> Builds project as an Outreachy applicant!


> May I ask why I could not join the project's IRC channel? Because I clicked
> on the link and type my nickname and all I got was the red box with "Error
> Connecting (Closing Link: (Banned))".

Gut feeling: "spam" prevention

> Could any mentors help me join our community channel?

I'm doing that right now.  What follows could be recieved as an attack.
Feel free to feel so. And consider how information you would get
from being ignored.

} I clicked on the link and typed my nickname
} all I got was a red box

I do assume that your vision on the Internet is through a webbrowser.
I could be wrong, just say so.

My advice is to use a real IRC client from your own computer.
It will avoid abused web-to-IRC services that are banned.

Chosing an IRC client will confront you with having a choice.
Much more choice than only a few webbrowsers. So just pick one
and get started. Murphy says that you will encounter other problems.
So don't worry about it. Just report back. So we can solve the problem
together. At least try to solve it. We can't solve the problem of
stupidy. We can solve ignorance by mentoring  :-)

On reporting back:
Tell / explain what you see that your end.
Improve "I clicked on the link"
by "I clicked on 'Instant messaging a.k.a. IRC' from https://full.url/path"
Improve " Connecting (Closing Link: (Banned))"
by what you know about that IP address.

> Thanks so much in advance!

No problem. Thank you for reminding that I'm also a beginner.
Please keep finding other ways whenever you see "you are banned",
just as you did with writing the email that triggered this reply.

Geert Stappers
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