This is important because it opened the floodgates to our little corner of the world to more mainstream teens.
As we added some newcomers as channel operators, political struggles began to appear. We, the original founders, failed to curtail political stuggles.
By the way, your cell phone's data speed is faster than T1.
The lag problem still exists on some large MMO games today, but it's a solved problem for IRC.
During the periods of network instability, it was possible to assert control over IRC channels through netsplits. Joining a channel on a server where that channel did not exist, and then colliding with the existing channels when that server rejoined the network ended up in obtaining channel operator privileges.
That gave rise to malicious scripts, various denial of service attacks, and other attacks.
What the command did is send a notice visible only to channel operators.
It was up to the channel operators to enforce the rules and operate our own bots.The main Open Street Map channel is irc://net #osm (Port:6667) other chat rooms are listed below, but #osm is fine for most purposes, and has the most people on it. Simply pick a nickname (no spaces) and click 'Login'. You will need to input 'net' as the IRC server, and '#osm' as the channel.IRC communicates over a special port number which may be blocked by your office firewall.It was a powerful connection to share things that mattered to us even though we lived all over the world.A friend had a college account and I used it to access IRC by connecting to the college HP/UX system through my modem. As modem speeds increased, it became possible to access by more people.At some point SLIP and PPP protocols over dialup connections became popular and Trumpet Winsock came into being.