Leaving Messages on IRC

This is something that comes up enough that it does get kind of annoying.

Here is how you should leave me (and, presumably, anyone that knows how to use IRC) messages when I’m not around in various circumstances:

Connected

Highlight me (say my name) followed by your message, preferably on the same line.

<user> Kabaka: I just installed Linux!

Rationale:

Disconnected

My personal preferences, in order of most desirable to least desirable:

  1. Send me an email.
  2. Send me a MemoServ message.
  3. Wait for me to get back.
  4. If and only if MemoServ isn’t available and you don’t trust anyone, leave it with a “mail” bot.

Rationale: