Talk:Internet Relay Chat flood

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Bad first sentence fragment[edit]

Flooding on an IRC network is a method of disconnecting users from the IRC server

Flooding is not necessarily intended to kick someone off a server (a denial-of-service attack). It can be used to annoy people or get attention by saying things repeatedly. This sense is also called spamming. -- Myria 06:46, 4 November 2005 (UTC)

That's true. But the sentence explains what flooding _basically_ is. Its purpose is to disconnect users from the server or to annoy the conversation of others. But in this case, feel free to edit the article. --Niggurath 14:45, 5 November 2005 (UTC)

I also agree that "flooding" does not usually refer to disconnecting someone, and this is not the usual intent. Most IRC servers, as well as most IRC clients, have built-in protection against these sorts of things, and so it is very rare for anyone to ever be disconnected due to this these days. It is primarily intended to disrupt the flow of conversation. AaronWL 19:08, 17 May 2006 (UTC)

The person flooding may be disconnected with an 'excess flood' message, but generally, neither the server nor the clients being flooded will have major troubles, it's really just an annoyance. Michael Billington (talkcontribs) 08:44, 3 December 2006 (UTC)

ICMP flood[edit]

Typically referred to as a ping flood. This attack sends so much information to the client it causes lag or disconnection; Often caused by either IRC clients working in union or botnets of Eggdrop bots. This is also a simple DDoS attack.

Since it's a DDoS attack, and takes place entirely off the IRC protocol, should this really be here? The only link it has to IRC is that targets are found through IRC, and since most IRCds have some way to hide the user's origin, it's not really an IRC flood. --Sarten-X 20:08, 5 August 2006 (UTC)

Is this vandalism?[edit]

I notice this sentence in the article: Mogar has done this many many times on the icq server.

Is this vandalism?

--Agus elex 2005 20:15, 3 November 2006 (UTC)

Other floods[edit]

Flooding is not limited to IRC. Crapflood (generally large numbers of messages, not one long message) also occurs in NNTP newsgroups. This is intended to make a newsgroup unusable by increasing the noise content. Since ICMP flood is actually not an IRC flood, perhaps the title of the article should be changed to "Internet Floods".

DERoss (talk) 04:48, 4 October 2009 (UTC)