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  • 2.5 - Give information about WordPress 2.5
    WordPress Version 2.5 is scheduled for release on March 24, 2008. Version 2.4 has been skipped as per http://weblogtoolscollection.com/archives/2008/01/04/24-skipped-25-is-next/
  • ask - Give a reminder about asking to ask
    Don't ask to ask a question. Just go ahead and ask! If someone knows the answer they'll help you out. :-D
  • code - Tell the user to paste the code on PasteBin
    Please paste the code you are using to http://wordpress.pastebin.com/ and share the link so we can take a look at it.
  • css - Tell the user they should ask in the #css channel
    Your question has more to do with design & styling than with WordPress. You might have better luck if you ask it in #css.
  • enter - Give a reminder about keeping messages on one line
    Please try to keep your questions/responses on one line. It's easier to read if you don't use the Enter key as punctuation. Thanks!
  • excerpt - Tell the user how to show excerpts instead of full posts, and vice versa
    If you want your post to show the full post instead of the excerpt, or vice versa, you can change the_excerpt to the_content in your theme files, most likely index.php and archives.php.
  • goal - Ask the user what they're trying to accomplish
    What exactly are you trying to get accomplished? It will help if we know your ultimate goal. Many times there is an easier way of solving it than the way you're trying.
  • hooks - Show the user where they can find lists of hooks
    A list of pluggable actions and filters can be found at either of these two sites: http://adambrown.info/p/wp_hooks or http://wphooks.flatearth.org/
  • link - Ask the user for a link to their site
    What is the link to your site? Then we can take a look for ourselves.
  • mu - Tell the user they should ask in the #wpmu channel
    You might have better luck if you ask your question in #wpmu. It's the channel specifically for WordPress Mu related topics.
  • os - Ask the user what OS they are using, and other stuff
    What operating system and PHP/MySQL versions are you using?
  • paste - Give a reminder to paste things at PasteBin (similar to code)
    If you have some code to share, please use http://wordpress.pastebin.com/ and send us the link. That way you don't flood the chat window.
  • php - Tell the user they should ask in the ##php channel
    Your problem has to do with PHP, and not specifically WordPress. You might have better luck if you ask it in ##php.
  • phpsuexec - Tell the user that they're probably using PHPSuexec, and that's the problem
    The error messages are most likely occurring because your host is using PHPSuexec. Once you get the right permissions on files and folders, the error messages will probably go away. More info here: http://www.hostmagik.info/phpsuexec.php
  • post2cat - Inform the user about how the post2cat DB table doesn't exist anymore
    The post2cat database table is no longer used in WordPress 2.3+. If you're getting an error, it's because a plugin you are using isn't compatible. Check with the plugin author to see if a new version has been released.
  • q - Ask the user what their question is
    What is your question? Go ahead and ask.
  • query_posts - Inform the user about query_posts
    You can restrict which posts and/or categories are shown in the loop using WordPress's query_posts function. You can read more about it here: http://codex.wordpress.org/Template_Tags/query_posts
  • theme - Tell the user that their question is theme-independent
    You must modify your theme files to make the changes you want. It's not exactly a WordPress issue, but rather a design/css issue.
  • trunk - Tell the user what trunk means, and where to get the WordPress trunk
    The development version of WordPress is commonly referred to as trunk. You can find it here: http://trac.wordpress.org/
  • urls - Tell the user how to move WordPress to a different URL cleanly
    You can change your URLs using one of two ways: (1) Edit siteurl and home values in the options table of your database, or (2) Add two define statements to your wp-config.php file as per http://codex.wordpress.org/Editing_wp-config.php#Advanced_Options
  • version - Ask the user what WordPress version they are using
    What WordPress version are you using? You can find it in the footer of your admin pages, or in the header HTML source code of your website.
  • who - Ask the user who they're speaking to
    To whom are you speaking? Please start your responses with the person's nickname.
  • wp_list_pages - Inform the user about wp_list_pages()
    You can control the page listings by using the wp_list_pages function. More info can be found here: http://codex.wordpress.org/wp_list_pages
  • wpcom - Tell the user they should ask in #wordpress.com
    Your question has to do with WordPress.com, the hosted blog provider, as opposed to WordPress.org, a self-managed blog program on your own server. You might have better luck in #wordpress.com