Welcome to Chatspike, The Users' Network
Good day all,
It's surely been a while since we've communicated any new changes to our network!
Firstly, for those affected by the downtime yesterday evening, we extend our humble apologies. Our servers had to be restarted to apply some important updates to running software. Rest assured, all is well now and we shouldn't need to split servers for the time being!
That said, I'd like to announce that we'll be carrying out a bunch of changes in the coming month in an effort to modernize the operation of ChatSpike. We've been listening to your inquiries and we're doing everything that we can to make things that much better for you folks.
Be on the lookout for further announcements in the coming weeks. Thanks for flying ChatSpike!
For those of you who connect to Chatspike using SSL, we've introduce some new non-expired certificates with this evenings upgrade / restart. If your client double checks these things, it should be OK, and for your information, the Certificate information is below:
Certificate: Data: Version: 3 (0x2) Serial Number: 1429301993 (0x55316ae9) Signature Algorithm: sha256WithRSAEncryption Issuer: CN=irc.chatspike.net, OU=The ChatSpike Network Team, O=The ChatSpike IRC Network, L=London, ST=UK, C=UK Validity Not Before: Apr 17 20:20:31 2015 GMT Not After : Apr 14 20:20:31 2025 GMT Subject: CN=irc.chatspike.net, OU=The ChatSpike Network Team, O=The ChatSpike IRC Network, L=London, ST=UK, C=UK SHA256 Fingerprint=FC:84:F5:E3:27:CF:E4:8F:22:85:D0:89:0A:A9:26:46:B6:79:E8:13:F4:2F:DA:B7:A5:DB:42:DB:BA:42:4B:15
In response to user requests and comments, Chatspike has undergone a bit of a change. We've upgraded Services and are introducing a re-written website. This comes with a lot of benefits for you guys with the services upgrade and while we're not up to feature parity with our old stuff yet, we feel like this is a great starting point to begin getting feedback from our users about what they'd like to see.
And without further ado, here's a quick run-down of the new shiny.
GameServ - While GameServ has existed hidden away in the past, it now includes a few new commands, including a magic eight ball and rock paper scissors. Old favourites like dice rolls are still available. If you have fantasy mode switched on a channel founder can configure gameserv to respond to !commands on a channel. Check out
/cs help gameserv for info, and for a list of gameserv commands, use
/msg gameserv help
GroupServ - Simply put, Groupserv helps manage groups of people. Groups can be public or private, but access lists can be manipulated to give behaviours for all users in a group. For example, anyone in the !chatspike group (it's open, join with
/groupserv join !chatspike) will get auto-voice in #chatspike
RPGServ - A service for those who like role playing with their IRC. RPGServ allows you to define various settings for a channel which others can search for, allowing for RPG communities to form, and grow.
LoveServ - The less that's said about this return of a fan favourite, the better.
/ls help. That is all.
CertFP Identification - This one has been requested a lot, we now allow people to automatically identify to services using their SSL fingerprint
Services Hostname Change - All services are now <ServiceName>@chatspike.net, note that if you have scripts you may need to update them.
And we're not done here, we're going to continue bringing new features and improvements to both the site and the network for the foreseeable future!
Thanks for being with us, and we hope you continue to enjoy using Chatspike!
Until next time, Frosty.