If you’ve ever noticed people posting #channel names into chat you’ll know they’re clickable. This is a great feature for sharing content but it can be a pain if too much of it gets in the way of chat. For this reason we’ve listened to operators and networks and decided to implement changes which will remove some of the spam, particularly where people are only pasting channel names so they themselves can click on them.
From today, when a channel name is sent with nothing else on the line it will not appear in chat if the user clicks on it themselves (timeout applies). Users who send and click will get a message informing them the line of chat was not sent:
^^ This line didn’t get sent ‘#<name>’ because you clicked it quickly, to join a channel use ‘/join’ command (http://wiki.mibbit.com/index.php/Join)
All channel names sent with other text on the line will appear as usual, all the word-filters continue to operate as before too.
We hope this is useful for operators and networks alike to help reduce the level of unnecessary channel name chat.
If you’re new to the filters functionality see here for a helpful guide to what’s possible for preventing unwanted stuff in your channel(s). These work on the Main Client and the Premium Widget, and if you need to kick or ban an individual use the standard IRC commands for this to remove them from your channel.
We appreciate the feedback on this issue, as always if you’ve any comments or suggestions for how to improve this further we’d love to hear them.