Bans, Invites, and Exempts

I assume that you know how bans work on IRC. Eggdrop handles bans, exempts and invites in various ways, and this file is intended to help clarify how these modes are used within the bot. From here on, 'mode' applies to all three modes (bans, exempts, and invites) unless otherwise specified. There are three types of modes:

Global modes

These modes will be active on every channel the bot monitors. Some will "expire" after a while (be removed automatically). Others are considered "permanent" and can only be removed by a master.

Channel modes

These modes are active only on one channel, and are almost always temporary modes that expire after an hour or so (depending on how long you've specified in the config file). Usually they're created by a Tcl script of some sort.

Non-bot modes

These are modes that were not placed by the bot. They can be removed by anyone on the channel. The other two types of modes are protected by the bot (unless the channel settings specify otherwise), and have to be removed via the bot.

Bans can also be either sticky or unsticky:


These modes are usually set by a user using the ".stick" command. Modes with this attribute are attempted to be kept active on the channel at all times by the bot, even if the channel is set to use dynamic modes. Obviously, if the channel isn't set to use dynamic modes, this won't have any effect.


These modes are the style that Eggdrop sets by default when a user uses one of the commands that result in a mode. This attribute means that the ban will be removed if using dynamic modes after a certain time. If a mode is "sticky" and you wish to set it to be "un-sticky", use the ".unstick" command.

Mode behavior:


If the channel is supporting dynamic bans, then the ban is set when a user with a matching hostmask joins the channel; otherwise, the modes are set at all times. On a channel with dynamic bans, the ban expires after 'ban-time' minutes (which is specified in the config file).


If the channel is not supporting dynamic exempts, then they are set at all times. Otherwise, the exemption is set when a ban is placed whose host includes that covered by the exempt. The exempt will remain in place for at least 'exempt-time' minutes (defined in config file) or until after the corresponding ban has been removed, whichever happens last.


If the channel does not support dynamic invites, then they are set at all times. Otherwise, the invite is set when the channel is +i and a user requests an invite into the channel. The invite then remains set for 'invite-time' minutes (defined in config file) or until the channel goes -i again, whichever happens last.

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