Maybe we can use ASM and fedbot to reduce the spam load? Dedicated spammers are definitely a problem for all channels, but most channels, such as #freenode enable +r during a wave of flood, not indefinitely.

I can absolutely agree that having the registration requirement flag certainly increases the barrier to something newbies or those "trying out" may not be willing to commit. They may just give up instead of registering and getting help. I personally try to avoid things that require email sign ups as much as possible, and I know others do too.

On Tue, Jun 9, 2015, 1:45 PM Kevin Fenzi <> wrote:
On Tue, 9 Jun 2015 19:31:01 +0200
Andreas Tunek <> wrote:

> Currently the #fedora channel on freenode requires some kind of
> registration.

Yeah. It has for many years...

> In my opinion it is pretty difficult to register on
> freenode (I have tried but haven't managed).

What part of the process is proving to be difficult?
If you aren't registered and try and join #fedora it sends you to
#fedora-unregistered where the entry message, topic and a bot all give
you links showing how to register.
Is there something that could be more clear here?

> Do you think it would be
> possible to drop the registration requirement? It is a pretty big
> barrier to newbies and people like me who can't find IRC help easily.
> I know there are a lot of bots and spam, but maybe it would be
> possible to try and see if it really gets bad?

Well, you are welcome to file a ticket and request that with the irc
support sig:

But I don't think it's too likely to happen for a lot of reasons:

* Originally the registration was put in place when there were floods
  of racist ranter bots on freenode. They are much less common now, but
  I still see them in unregistered from time to time.

* There's also a lot of drive by spam and trollers that get caught by


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