Zoia or the Code4Lib IRC bot

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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.

Where is the code?

What does it do?

  • Some examples here: http://code4lib.org/irc/faq and more below.
  • You can run certain commands to Zoia if you are registered.
  • To register: /msg zoia register nickname password.
  • you can also private msg the bot for running @list and @help.
  • @whoami

pmurray: @whoami

zoia: pmurray: You're Jean Valjean.

  • @coffee

ruebot: @coffee pberry

zoia brews and pours a cup of Guatemala El Diamante, and sends it sliding down the bar to pberry

  • @naf

bohyunkim: @naf kazantzakis

zoia: bohyunkim: [2 matches] [1] Kazantzakis, Nikos, 1883-1957 <http://errol.oclc.org/laf/n79-100889.html>; [2] Kazantzakis, Helen <http://errol.oclc.org/laf/n82-70274.html>

  • @marc

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]

  • @tweet

edsu: @tweet please Hammerism don't hurt 'em

zoia: edsu: The operation succeeded.

  • @karma

awead: @karma

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.

  • @quote

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)

  • @praise

mistym: @praise the end of the all-day meetings

zoia: radiation has made the end of the all-day meetings an enemy of civilization

  • @insult

bohyunkim: @insult z39.50

zoia: z39.50: You are nothing but a ruttish half-mouthful of clouted urine.

  • @sing

lbjay: @sing MC Hammer

zoia: lbjay: No lyrics found for They Put Me In The Mix by MC Hammer

  • @measure

emorgan: @measure diversity

[10:39am] zoia: emorgan: get back to me after you've given that micro-thought a dereferenceable URI

  • @help

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)

  • @ana

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

  • @helpers

pberry: @helpers

zoia: List of active #code4lib helpers (@help helpers for details): anarchivist, gsf, mbklein, mistym, rsinger, ruebot

  • @quote

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)

  • @hussein

mistym: @hussein learning is fun

zoia: mistym: Huge flair in sunniness

  • @redact

mbklein: @redact [dunno] zoia: mbklein: Your ███████™ has decreased ███.█%

  • @etymology

bohyunkim: @etymology guest

zoia: bohyunkim: it's Thanksgiving somewhere

  • @blame

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?

  • @roll

mistym: @roll 1d161

zoia: mistym: grow it out! http://ln-s.net/4iAq

  • @bame

mistym: @bame [1d161] mistym

zoia: mistym: your problem is you didn't build it out of bacon

mistym: @bame [roll 1d161] mistym


  • @kombat

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

Other Tidbits

  • To see available commands in each plugin, private message Zoia like this:

@list UrbanDict

zoia: urbandict

@list Band

zoia: band and oldband

@list Dunno

zoia: add, change, get, remove, search, and stats

  • To see what a command in a plugin does, private message Zoia like this:

@help search

zoia: (search <word>) -- Searches for <word> in the current configuration variables.

  • Also find #code4lib helpers by private msg-ing Zoia:

@helpers #code4lib

zoia: List of active #code4lib helpers (@help helpers for details): anarchivist, gsf, mbklein, mistym, rsinger, ruebot

How to hack it

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!