How does it work?
We have a bot (a program we created) in an IRC channel called #Uptime on Quakenet. That bot voices (+v) everyone that joins #Uptime when no competition is active.
As soon as the competition starts, our bot will no longer voice anyone. After a while people will disconnect, netsplit or somehow leave #Uptime, when they rejoin they won't be voiced anymore. When there is only one voiced contestant left, that user is the winner.
Sounds like fun, but err.. What is IRC?
IRC stands for 'Internet Relay Chat'. It was originally written by Jarkko Oikarinen in 1988. Since starting in Finland, it has been used in over 60 countries around the world. IRC is a multi-user chat system, where people meet on "channels" (rooms, virtual places, usually with a certain topic of conversation) to talk in groups, or privately. For more information about IRC check the IRC faq and look around at the website of the network we are on, the QuakeNet IRC Network.
How do I play?
You need to join our channel #Uptime on QuakeNet. If no competition is active you will be voiced and will automaticly play in the next competition for as long as you stay in the channel.
If a competition is currently going on, you can just stay in the channel, you will be voiced when a new competitions starts.
What commands are available?
Click here for a list of commands that are available in our channel.
Can I bring my bot/bnc/pet/...?
Sure, no problem. But please make sure your bot doesn't have any onjoin-messages, weird channel messages or triggers (not including !uptime script), how funny these may be, we really don't need them ;-). Your bot might get banned for that when it gets too irritating and that would be a pity. Also make sure that you don't violate the QuakeNet rules.
Why would I want to have an account?
An account can be used by you to provide some information about yourself and your connection and for personl stats, we might add other features later, you are free to use it, but you don't need it to be able to play. However only users that have an account and that win a competition will have a Example winner star in the 'current contestants' list and will be recognized as winners on the site.
I accidentily parted/quitted/got killed/..., will you please voice me?
Sorry, we can't do that. Just make sure that you don't leave the channel when playing, else you're just out of the game, simple as that.
The only exception is when you are wrongfully kicked by the bot, a seldom case, in which we will take action (so don't message us that you got kicked and want a revoice, we won't do that..)
Someone flooded/ddosed me off, will you please voice me?
We are aware that some people are not able to play a fair game and will flood/ddos people off. Luckily these things don't happen often. If you are a victim of one of these activities and have proof that this has happened, you can contact us and you have a chance we will revoice you if we find the evidence convincing.
Hey fishbot/some oper is voiced, that's not fair!
Yeah we know, that why in the seldom case that fishbot or an IRC Operator is in the channel, they will not be able to participate. We do not count IRCops as contestants since that would be unfair to the other users as IRCops usually have a very stable connection to the IRC server. Please note that it's up to the #Uptime staff wether or not a specific user is accepted.
I have some other question..
Feel free to contact us and we'd be happy to answer your question.

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