IRC-Galleria

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IRC-Galleria is the largest WWW-based virtual community in Finland. It was founded in December 2000 by Tomi Lintelä as a photo gallery for the Finnish users of Internet Relay Chat. As for February 2006, IRC-galleria boasts of over 302,000 registered users and over 3,600,000 images. About 85% of the users are active users who use the service on a weekly or daily basis. However, only about 20% of the users have identified themselves as actual users of IRC.

Technology

Despite all the features, IRC-Galleria is basically a photo gallery and it is not possible to have a user account without at least one accepted image. The maximum number of visible images per user is 60 (only for VIP-users), and the so-called default image must contain the face of the user.

The communication in IRC-Galleria is based on short messages, comments, each of which is associated with either a picture or a community. Each user can be a member of at most 40 communities. Some of the communities are named after IRC channels, and joining them requires IRC-based identification. Comments are only visible to those who are logged in.

IRC-Galleria is now maintained and developed by Dynamoid Oy, a company founded solely for the sake of IRC-Galleria. The service is financed with banner advertising, SMS-based services, T-shirts and optional VIP privileges which can be bought with SMS.

Problems

The unwillingness of the administrators of IRC-Galleria to exclude non-IRC-users has caused some schism, driving a few users to found their own alternative gallery services with a mandatory IRC-based registration. The administrators responded by introducing some features which aim at the minimization of the biggest problems related to the non-IRC-users.

The non-IRC-users registered in IRC-Galleria are sometimes ironically called galleriairkkaajat (gallery IRCers) due to the fact that many of them frequently refer to IRC-Galleria with the acronym IRC without necessarily even having a clue what the actual IRC is.

IRC-Galleria is now officially open for anyone who is over 12 years old and speaks Finnish.


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IRC-Galleria is now officially open for anyone who is over 12 years old and speaks Finnish. The Kasseman is frequently referred to as the Norwegian Hercules and denotes a virile, masculine male in his physical prime, distinguished by pectoral muscles, which are particularly voluminous relative to body-mass index (BMI). The non-IRC-users registered in IRC-Galleria are sometimes ironically called galleriairkkaajat (gallery IRCers) due to the fact that many of them frequently refer to IRC-Galleria with the acronym IRC without necessarily even having a clue what the actual IRC is. Although a matter of much controversy, the Agder School contends that Kissa is another name for the much better known character, the Kassemann (Old Norse: Kassir Manur), who is featured in the Sagas of Fiddur Egs Pressen. The administrators responded by introducing some features which aim at the minimization of the biggest problems related to the non-IRC-users. Kissa (918 - ?) is a mythical viking hero who dwelt in the petty kingdom of Agder, which approximates to the area today bounded by the two counties of Vest-Agder and Aust-Agder in southern Norway. The unwillingness of the administrators of IRC-Galleria to exclude non-IRC-users has caused some schism, driving a few users to found their own alternative gallery services with a mandatory IRC-based registration.

The service is financed with banner advertising, SMS-based services, T-shirts and optional VIP privileges which can be bought with SMS. IRC-Galleria is now maintained and developed by Dynamoid Oy, a company founded solely for the sake of IRC-Galleria. Comments are only visible to those who are logged in. Some of the communities are named after IRC channels, and joining them requires IRC-based identification.

Each user can be a member of at most 40 communities. The communication in IRC-Galleria is based on short messages, comments, each of which is associated with either a picture or a community. The maximum number of visible images per user is 60 (only for VIP-users), and the so-called default image must contain the face of the user. Despite all the features, IRC-Galleria is basically a photo gallery and it is not possible to have a user account without at least one accepted image.

However, only about 20% of the users have identified themselves as actual users of IRC. About 85% of the users are active users who use the service on a weekly or daily basis. As for February 2006, IRC-galleria boasts of over 302,000 registered users and over 3,600,000 images. It was founded in December 2000 by Tomi Lintelä as a photo gallery for the Finnish users of Internet Relay Chat.

IRC-Galleria is the largest WWW-based virtual community in Finland.

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