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Fri Oct 11 13:03:12 EDT 2002 - I actually rewrote acrotsr at some point. Well, most of it. There still are some ugly parts but the code isn’t nearly as bad. It is much easier to read, and I fixed a lot of bugs in the process. If anyone cares and wants this copy, let me know. Otherwise, I’m too lazy to make a real release of it.

Tue Jun 20 12:37:43 EDT 2000 - Acrotsr hasn’t really gone anywhere lately. It still needs work done etc but I haven’t really felt like doing it. If anyone wants to work on it be my guest. As an update to the previous news entry, nobody really goes in #acrotsr anymore but if you want to contact me you can msg me (kapheine) on EFNet. If anyone is actively using this feel free to email me to let me know.

Tue Apr 4 00:33:54 EDT 2000 - Come join us for a game in #acrotsr on EFNet. It often runs the development version so beware.

Mon Apr 3 21:43:28 EDT 2000 - The TODO and BUGS lists are getting rather big. Any patches would be warmly accepted. Submit all contributions to

Thu Mar 30 18:07:08 EST 2000 - First version of Acrotsr, v0.8.0, has been released. You can get it here. (bz2)


Acrotsr is an IRC game where players are given an acronym and the users have a certain amount of time to think of what they think the acronym should stand for. Then the people in the channel vote on which one is best. Other acrobots can be found in channels such as #acro on EFNet and some other IRC networks. (see history)


Two of my acquaintances, by the nicknames elman and criscokid, repeatedly harassed me to play acro in #acro with them. They also somehow managed to convince my girlfriend to play. Upon playing we found a few things that the acrobot did Once upon a time. or didn’t do that we felt the need to bitch about. My girlfriend hated one of the problems so much she refused to play. So as a service to these people, I decided it was my duty as a friend, an American citizen, and potentially a descendent of the homo erectus to write a version that we could customize and fondle. And so it was born. And so they are in debt to me. And so criscokid owes me a damn ice cream. And this README is getting less and less serious as I go on.


The instructions given by the bot should be sufficient for most of this but I’ll explain here anyway. To start a game type !start in the channel. Anyone can start a game at the moment, and I’m hoping this won’t be abused. Once the game starts it will give everyone an acronym. Then everyone /msgs the bot "acro put the acronym here". Then the various entries will be displayed and each entry will be given a number. Then people vote by /msging the bot "acro #". You cannot vote for your own entry. After that, the results are displayed and the next round starts. It will go on until all rounds are over or someone types !stop. (or not enough entries are submitted for 2 rounds)



  • Elman, for making me write this, testing, and ideas
  • Criscokid, for making me write this, testing and ideas
  • Holly E. Smalley, for making me write this, for bugging me to work on it the second i stopped, for tons of support, for ideas, and for testing
  • Hac, for support, for countless hours of helping me test it, and for the nice title graphic
  • lib, for helping me get rid of a difficult bug, testing
  • joykiller, for testing and ideas
  • the rest of the channel i hang out in which will remain nameless because we get enough annoying wanderers there at the moment

Copyright © 2005 Zachary P. Landau
kapheine at divineinvasion dot net (key)