I want to summarize my sociological findings about IRC research.
My aim is to study the major IRC networks (IRC-Net, EFnet,
find out the most attractive channels and monitor 10 channels on each network
with the most traffic. There I want to investigate the behaviour of the
channel members, i.e. how often they join or leave, how long they stay
and how much they say.
If you need an overview of what I'm talking about, look at the irchelp.org
I used to experiment with an eggdrop IRC robot, called Socius_I or (alternative:
Socius_U). In case of system hangs the bot will be relaunched using crontab.
The bot is designed to run day and night, so there may be some hours of
ircII script approach
I skipped the eggdrop bot and wrote four ircII-scripts, named Socius_D,
Socius_E, Socius_I and SociusU (depends on the network the script runs
at). Every hour each script stores the number of users and channels into
Those logfiles are examined using a perl script. You can obtain the
perl script here.
Perl script only IRC observation approach
There were some drawbacks of ircII. First of all, it needs a terminal to
run on. This is not a big problem, I installed the "screen" package and
had virtual screens from that time on. It was possible to start ircII,
run the scripts, detach, and log off again. The bigger problem, however,
was the impossibility to restart ircII and scripts using crontab or whatever,
in an automatic fashion (at least I found no possibility). So I always
had to log into my machine, find out if the scripts are still running,
and restarting them.
One more problem with ircII scripts was their minor possibilities in
reacting i.e. to server "Closing Link" and the like.
So I finally decided to use the Net::IRC
package for perl 5 and write everything
what I needed in perl. This took quite a long time, but finally it worked.
Right now my perl program is monitoring the four major IRC networks, the
used nicks are Socip_D, Socip_E, Socip_I, Socip_U. Several more minor networks
are monitored but there are few statistics available due to security reasons.
For Ircops: Please don't kill the bot or the script, it's designed
not to harm anyone. If this should be the case, though - that someone feels
bothered or the bot is going crazy - please inform me. Then ban my account
from the specific channel if you think it's absolutely necessary. Only
if anything else fails, kill the bot please.
Take a look at my IRC-Statistics
page for detailed statistics since 1998 upto now.
What my previous scripts did:
Monitoring activity on
(Gay asian men and friends), #win98,
You can obtain some samples of IRC logfiles [link closed, available
Gathering every hour all channels of the big four networks with more than
- Data and statistics were planned but will not come in the near future.
Collecting every hour all channels starting with #c (like #chat, #cybersex,
- Data and statistics were planned but will not be available in the near
Please stand by for upcoming news. If you think you can contribute,
My IRC statistics page
My programs page, where you
will find some perl scripts
Links regarding IRC, Bots, Tcl scripts
The IRC protocol (RFC 1449)
EspReSso's Eggdrop Archives
The mIRC & Eggdrop
StatWWW 1.5 (Script for
Eggdrop, creates WWW statistics); I took and adopted this script for my
purposes. (Link is invalid!)
Last changes: November 6th, 2003
This design is (c) 1998, 2003 by Kajetan Hinner. You have to email
and ask for my acceptance, if you want to use any information provided
Follow this Link to get to my homepage.