Most IRC programs
can run scripts, also called robots, that can perform useful functions
to help you manage a channel, usually as an operator.
You can find several collections of scripts on many IRC
IRC scripts can perform automated tasks to run
a channel for an operator, impersonate people, or perform other tasks on a
Some of the original IRC scripts, created in the 1990's, are listed
- Eggdrop. Manages
a channel for a user while they are logged off, keeping track of who is the Operator.
- KissServ. Automatically
welcome users to a channel.
A relatively sophisticated robot designed to pass the Turing test and chat like
a real person for several
Prevent users from adopting a nick name
already in use by another user.
However, note that you should never
run an IRC script or robot unless you wrote it or completely trust the source,
because it could contain a destructive virus. Also,
don't give up control of your machine -- never run any IRC script
unless you understand exactly what it will do -- or you could get attacked.
Resources. The following sites provide more information on IRC scripts
A couple of well known non-IRC Internet robots are listed below:
- Eliza - The original conversational program.