No Agenda Troll Room Information
Updated 30 September 2021
The Troll Room is a great way to socialize with your fellow No Agenda producers during live shows (either No Agenda or other shows on the stream). Unfortunately, it provides a web interface to something us Dudes Named Ben and Dudettes Named Bernadette: Internet Relay Chat.
The web interface is…terrible. This one might be better. Still, a real IRC client provides a much better experience. Unfortunately, no one has anything written up explaining how to actually configure a real IRC client to connect to the No Agenda Troll Room, so here you go.
Given IRC has existed almost as long as the Internet itself, practically every platform has multiple IRC clients for it. This is not a comprehensive list, but these are the ones I am using (except on Android, which was a suggestion):
Obviously not a comprehensive list.
Configuring Your IRC Client
The main information you need to configure in your IRC client is the following:
- Hostname: irc.zeronode.net
- Port: 6697 (TLS/SSL) or 6667 (without TLS/SSL)
- Password: empty
- Nickname: mycoolnickname
This will connect you to the ZeroNode IRC network, which hosts the No Agenda trollroom and similar rooms for other podcasts on the No Agenda stream and in the family.
There are multiple channels on the server. Here are the more interesting ones. You can get a complete list of channels by typing /list into your IRC client:
- #NoAgenda (for the No Agenda show and the stream)
- #HogStory (for the trendiest podcast in the universe, Hog Story)
- #sewerchat (for the Nick the Rat podcast)
- #BowlAfterBowl (for the Bowl After Bowl podcast)
- #RareEncounter (for the Rare Encounter podcast)
- #greenroom (for the Behind the Sch3m3s podcast)
- #absna6pack (for the Abs ‘n a 6 Pack podcast)
To join a room (for example, the No Agenda Troll Room):
How can I “speak” on #noagenda?
Only registered nicks can be used to speak in the #noagenda Troll Room and possibly others. To do that, you will have to register the nickname of your choosing with nickserv. That is done by sending the following command in your IRC client:
/msg nickserv register mysupersecretpassword [email protected]
This email must exist and you must follow the instructions in the email in order to confirm your registration.
Then, each time you log in, you can simply identify yourself to nickserv, after which you will be granted voice in the #noagenda Troll Room:
/msg nickserv identify mysupersecretpassword
Note that some IRC clients also have a way to configure a nickserv password as part of the configuration, which you can use instead.
How come my IRC client on iPhone won’t stay connected?
Background network connections are limited by iOS. To stay connected, you will need to use an IRC bouncer, which effectively acts as a proxy buffering the messages for you. You can set up ZNC or use something like BNC4Free, which runs a public bouncer that you can use.