This article is currently only of historical interest, since PlugBot has taken an indefinite leave of absence from IRC.
- Command list
is an invention of Jangler
which coexists with Strobe
's IRC bot
Commands can be invoked by any non-alphanumeric character followed by the command name at the start of a message. Using too many commands in a short time span in #botb may get you automatically kicked, and further abuse will get you a 5-minute kickban. Therefore, if you'd like to query PlugBot freely you may prefer to do so in private message or in #plugbot.
This command list may not necessarily be up-to-date, so check the output of the !commands command to see the current list of PlugBot's capabilities.
-- Meta-commands --
Lists PlugBot's commands that are relevant to keywords
Lists all of PlugBot's commands.
Links to this page.
Gives a short help message for command
-- BotB-specific commands --
OR !hosts format
Lists BotBrs who have a badge for format
is an integer, links to the BotB battle with that ID number. Otherwise, links to the battle whose title most closely matches query
is an integer, links to the BotB entry with that ID number. Otherwise, links to the entry whose title most closely matches query
Gives a random statistic about BotB.
Links to botbr
Links to the Joogle ladder page.
OR !lyceum query
Links to the BotB lyceum article with title most closely matching query
. This command is slow
because the lyceum is slow.
Prints a Markov chain
message from nick
(or from a random nick if the nick was not found or not specified). Due to limitations in the IRC log format, this will only work for nicks of 11 characters or less.
Links to the BotB tag page for tag
Links to the BotB entry tagged with the largest instance of tag
-- Auxiliary commands --
Gives the resulting URL from a DuckDuckGo
search for query
. Check out the list of "bangs"
you can use to directly search many other sites.
!define word (category)
Gives the definition of word
. If the optional parameter category
is given (enclosed in parentheses), PlugBot will try to find a definition relevant to that category.
Calculates the frequency of pitch
in hertz. pitch
should be specified in scientific pitch notation
Searches an IRC log for the last URL matching pattern
Tells the remaining time for the current NSFMania submission or voting period.
in a restricted Ruby
Gives the first SoundCloud track from a search for query
using Google's URL shortener (goo.gl).
!wolfram query (info)
Gives the result from Wolfram|Alpha for query
. If the optional parameter info
is given, PlugBot will try to find a result with a matching title.
-- secret commands? --
Writing a new command for PlugBot is dead simple. Simply create an executable script file (for Python, Ruby, Bash, et cetera). The script will be executed when a command with the script's filename is invoked. The channel, nick, and parameter string of the command invocation are given as the first three arguments to the program, and the script's standard output is redirected to IRC. If you've written a command you'd like to be included, just talk to Jangler on IRC
For a !whatis help message to be printed, include a comment in the script in the format "HELP: <help message>".
Confused? See the source code
for the !tag command.