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"Type !REJOIN to get back in." DOES NOT GET YOU BACK ON DTELLA. Keep reading to know why.

If you are banned on dtella, you will see a message like the following when you try to log on:

<*Dtella> You were kicked by *IRC: Channel ban: please see

This means you are banned. "Channel ban" is just a generic ban message. Everyone sees that. Please read the rest of this page to help figure out why you were banned. It makes our lives easier if you do this, and it will make your life easier as well.

What should I do? Did you read the previous section?

First, read this page. Figure out why you were banned, and act accordingly. Next, join the channel #dtella-help. Tell us why you were banned, and we will unban you and verify you have taken care of the problem.

After you've fixed the problem, you are not automatically unbanned. You have to tell us you fixed it (see IRC link above).

Why am I banned?

If you are receiving the message that you are banned when trying to connect to Dtella, please follow these steps:

  • First, check your DC client (DC++, shakespeer) for a private message. This will generally be in a tab in the program.
  • If you are on PAL (Purdue AirLink, the wireless internet here at Purdue), you CANNOT get on dtella. It does not work. We have no control over this.
  • If you are on the VPN, you CANNOT get on dtella. It does not work. We have no control over this.
  • Since Purdue upgraded the ITaP labs to Windows 7, we have been unable to get on dtella on the lab machines.
  • The following nicknames are banned: metapod, srsbsns, dtellabridge, and anything with "purdue", "boiler", or a special character (~`!@#$%^&*()<>?:;'"-=+,.\/ etc) in the name. Only original names with letters, numbers, and underscore are allowed.
  • If you cannot find the personal message or have closed your client since the ban then please connect to the webchat and someone will try to assist you. In order to connect to IRC, go to and, for nickname, put your dtella username. Once you have connected, please state the name you use on Dtella (if using DC++, goto File->Settings) and be patient. While we have many operators online to try and help, we can't guarantee that one will always be available. Do not join and leave immediately, it can take some time to get help especially in morning hours and late at night.

Banned for segmenting

Segmenting is when your client splits up a file into smaller pieces to download one at a time, instead of one large file. While this helps on slower networks, on a network as fast as ours it puts unnecessary strain on hard drives, and to some it's a little annoying to see on their client. First time offenders are simply kicked and are able to rejoin immediately. Second time offenders will be banned for 24 hours, and if caught a third time can be banned for a week. Users caught segmenting more than three times could potentially be banned for a week or longer.

To turn off segmenting, please follow the steps listed here: Disabling_Segmenting.

Banned for sharing program files

The idea of Dtella is that sharing is caring. If you are sharing your Program Files folder (or Applications folder on Mac) then you are not sharing files that are of much use to the rest of the community. First time offenders are banned for 24 hours, second time for 48 hours, third time for a week, and fourth time offenders will be banned from Dtella for up to a month.

Please understand that 'program files' includes things like your WoW install folder, your Microsoft Office folder, or anything like that. Don't share these, because they are rarely, if ever, useful. This means that you cannot install a program and share the installed program (In windows, these folders are usually in C:\Program Files or C:\Program Files (x86)).

Other things that merit a ban are personal or financial documents (yes it has happened) or incoherently named files (e.g. iPod dumps where everything is named like F00)

To learn how to modify your share to stop including program files, please follow the steps listed here: Modify_Share.

Banned for Nick

A lot of different nick names are banned. Specifically, do not use anything involving Purdue, Boiler, or anything of the sort. Also, don't use your real name (or your Purdue career account). Be original. Be creative. It's more fun for you and it's more fun for us. Last, make sure your nick contains only letters, numbers, or underscore _.

Still need help?

If you still have questions, please read FAQ.

Also, after you've fixed these, you are not automatically unbanned. You have to tell us you fixed it (see IRC link below).

Remember, you can always join the IRC channel if you need help or have questions. Read the FAQ first, but go to this link to get on IRC otherwise: