Zoia or the Code4Lib IRC bot
What is Zoia?
Zoia is the Code4Lib IRC (Internet-relay-chat) bot.
Where did it get its name?
It was named after the famous librarian, Zoia Horn, who is considered to be the first librarian ever to be jailed for refusing to divulge information that violated her belief in intellectual freedom.
What does it do?
The Zoia bot provides commentary, insight, support and diversions to participants on the Code4LIB IRC channel. Documentation is sparse, incomplete, outdated, and occasionally only in the code of the bot's plugins themselves. You can interact with Zoia by using commands in the channel. Bot commands are preceded with an at-sign ('@'). Some examples are on the http://code4lib.org/irc/faq main Code4Lib IRC FAQ page and more are listed below to get you started.
If you want to see a list of commands, you can ask Zoia directly:
/msg zoia list <zoia> Acronym, Admin, Amazon, Anagram, Anonymous, ArtisanalIntegers, Assorted, Astro, AudioScrobbler, Babelfish, Band, Blame, Calais, Cast, Channel, ChannelLogger, Config, CyborgName, DBpedia, Debian, Delicious, Dict, Disclaimer, Disemvowel, Dunno, Eef, Etymology, FOAF, Filter, Fireworks, Fixit, Games, GasPrices, Gender, GeoIP, Git, Google, Greeter, Helpers, Herald, IPTools, Insult, Internet, IsItDown, Karma, Kombat, (2 more messages) more <zoia> LCSH, Later, Levenshtein, LibraryThing, Linux, Lisppaste, Lolcat, Lolz, LoveHate, MARC, Math, Misc, Motivate, NACO, Nadsat, Nickometer, OCLC, Oblique, OpenDict, Owner, PDPC, Pinky, Pirate, Poll, Praise, Presidents, Quote, Reply, Sarge, Scrabble, Seen, Services, Sing, SocialGraph, StackEx, Stopwords, Tantrum, Todo, Traffic, Translators, TrueTrue, Twitter, TwitterSnarfer, URL, Uberblic, UnglueIt, Unicode, Unix, (1 more message)
Note -- if you are experimenting and learning about commands, it is a good idea to send private messages to Zoia directly (using /msg zoia [command]) rather than directly in channel (e.g. @[command]). Unless, that is, you want everyone to watch you experimenting.
Registering with Zoia
Certain commands (for instance, tweet) will only work if you have registered your IRC nickname with Zoia. To do that, first send Zoia a Register command:
/msg zoia register ''[IRC_nickname]'' ''[password]''
After that, any time you are on the Code4Lib channel and want to use a command that requires registration, first send Zoia the Identify command:
/msg zoia identify ''[IRC_nickname]'' ''[password]''
zoia: pmurray: You're Jean Valjean.
ruebot: @coffee pberry
zoia brews and pours a cup of Guatemala El Diamante, and sends it sliding down the bar to pberry
bohyunkim: @naf kazantzakis
bohyunkim: @marc 245
zoia: bohyunkim: The title and statement of responsibility area of the bibliographic description of a work. [a,b,c,f,g,h,k,n,p,s,6,8]
edsu: @tweet please Hammerism don't hurt 'em
zoia: edsu: The operation succeeded.
zoia: awead: Highest karma: "mbklein" (529), "mistym" (365), and "edsu" (341). Lowest karma: "iii" (-102), "rhel" (-45), and "contentdm" (-22). You (awead) are ranked 23 out of 1885.
emorgan: @quote random
zoia: emorgan: Quote #421: "< edsu> heartlessdicatoators4lib" (added by gsf at 04:51 PM, September 20, 2006)
gsf: @quote random
zoia: gsf: Quote #255: "<mjgiarlo> the goal, IMO, is to avoid being a technocracy and also to avoid being a null-tech oligarchy." (added by edsu at 01:50 PM, March 22, 2006)
mistym: @praise the end of the all-day meetings
zoia: radiation has made the end of the all-day meetings an enemy of civilization
bohyunkim: @insult z39.50
zoia: z39.50: You are nothing but a ruttish half-mouthful of clouted urine.
lbjay: @sing MC Hammer
zoia: lbjay: No lyrics found for They Put Me In The Mix by MC Hammer
emorgan: @measure diversity
[10:39am] zoia: emorgan: get back to me after you've given that micro-thought a dereferenceable URI
mistym: @help register
zoia: mistym: (register <name> <password>) -- Registers <name> with the given password <password> and the current hostmask of the person registering. You shouldn't register twice; if you're not recognized as a user but you've already registered, use the hostmask add command to add another hostmask to your already-registered user, or use the identify command to identify just for a session. This command (and all other commands (1 more message)
jtgorman: @ana learning is fun
zoia: jtgorman: Gainful sinner
pmurray: zoia: That is deep…somehow.
zoia: pmurray: So brother, be a brother / And fill this tiny cup of mine / And please, sir, make it whiskey / For I have no head for wine
zoia: List of active #code4lib helpers (@help helpers for details): anarchivist, gsf, mbklein, mistym, rsinger, ruebot
emorgan: @quote dchud
zoia: emorgan: Please respect the plants of political power
bibliotechy: @quote get 1229
zoia: bibliotechy: Quote #1229: "< gsf> zoia isn't problematic, just misunderstood" (added by anarchivist at 05:16 PM, March 10, 2008)
jtgorman: @quote search gsf
zoia: jtgorman: 40 found: #1094: "< edsu> gsf: somewhere there is a perl hacker...", #1122: "< gsf> yeah, python is more a language for stoners", #1192: "< gsf> man, relationships are so complex", #1194: "< gsf> providence is the obama of hosts2009", #1221: "<gsf> i don't run our ils -- i work on...", #1229: "< gsf> zoia isn't problematic, just misunderstood", #1266: "< gsf> please forgive me, but i must raise the...", #1384: "< (5 more messages)
mistym: @hussein learning is fun
zoia: mistym: Huge flair in sunniness
mbklein: @redact [dunno] zoia: mbklein: Your ███████™ has decreased ███.█%
bohyunkim: @etymology guest
zoia: bohyunkim: it's Thanksgiving somewhere
mistym: @blame add Pray sir, if I input the wrong commands, will $who output the right results?
zoia: mistym: The operation succeeded. Blame #161 added.
mistym: @blame 161 [someone]
zoia: Pray sir, if I input the wrong commands, will egspoony output the right results?
mistym: @roll 1d161
zoia: mistym: grow it out! http://ln-s.net/4iAq
mistym: @bame [1d161] mistym
zoia: mistym: your problem is you didn't build it out of bacon
mistym: @bame [roll 1d161] mistym
zoia: mistym: STOP CYBERBULLYING ME
MrDys: @kombat I kano fatality
zoia: MrDys: kano's fatality: Hold BL,B,B,LP
List of Plug-ins
- To see this, private message Zoia with @list (and @more):
Acronym, Admin, Amazon, Anagram, Anonymous, ArtisanalIntegers, Assorted, Astro, AudioScrobbler, Babelfish, Band, Blame, Calais, Cast, Channel, ChannelLogger, Config, CyborgName, DBpedia, Debian, Delicious, Dict, Disclaimer, Disemvowel, Dunno, Eef, Etymology, FOAF, Filter, Fireworks, Fixit, Games, GasPrices, Gender, GeoIP, Git, Google, Greeter, Helpers, Herald, IPTools, Insult, Internet, IsItDown, Karma, Kombat, LCSH, Later, Levenshtein, LibraryThing, Linux, Lisppaste, Lolcat, Lolz, LoveHate, MARC, Math, Misc, Motivate, NACO, Nadsat, Nickometer, OCLC, Oblique, OpenDict, Owner, PDPC, Pinky, Pirate, Poll, Praise, Presidents, Quote, Reply, Sarge, Scrabble, Seen, Services, Sing, SocialGraph, StackEx, Stopwords, Tantrum, Todo, Traffic, Translators, TrueTrue, Twitter, TwitterSnarfer, URL, Uberblic, UnglueIt, Unicode, Unix, UrbanDict, User, WOTD, Web2, Webopedia, Wikileaks, WoGroFuBiCo, Wolfram, WordCount, WordStats, WrestlingName, Wunderground, Yelp, Yum, Zalgo, Zen, and Zillow
- To see available commands in each plugin, private message Zoia like this:
zoia: band and oldband
zoia: add, change, get, remove, search, and stats
- To see what a command in a plugin does, private message Zoia like this:
zoia: (search <word>) -- Searches for <word> in the current configuration variables.
- Also find #code4lib helpers by private msg-ing Zoia:
How to hack it
Zoia's plugin code is on GitHub: https://github.com/code4lib/supybot-plugins You can modify existing plugins (git clone and submit a pull request, or ask in the IRC channel if there's someone who can add you to the repo). You can also create new plugins. Hey look, documentation. Hacking zoia is fun!