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From Encyclopedia Dramatica
A k-line (aka "kill") is the penultimate IRC ban, booting a user from an entire IRC server. K-lines are only a half-step under the dreaded G-line (Global-line) ban, which bans you from the entire network, and one can only assume it was named K-line because the nerd that wrote IRC was seriously dyslexic. (Spoilers: K-Line = "Kill Line". G-Line = Global Kill Line)
K-lines are only passed out by the IRC server's operators (called IRCops), but they are generally too busy eating donuts at the IRCoffeeShop, or playing #MW2 in their IRCondo to really police the place the way that a website's message board moderators do. Essentially, unlike perma-bans, it's impossible to say something so stupid, inflamitory, or spiteful that the IRCops will ever notice you. In order to actually get them to IRCapYoAss, you have to do something extraordinarily trollish (even for IRC), like DCC spam the IRCops personally with furry porn or dDoS the network, or be from a foreign country!
Since anyone can change their ident on IRC to escape a lazy IRCop's k-line (or change their IP, if their ISP has dynamic IP adresses), many resort to simply k-lining entire ISPs, like AOL or entire countries. This is because IRCops are too fucking stupid to just use a type 2 banmask ([email protected]), thinking that they can show off their 1337 IRC skills to their fuckbuddies and improve their e-penis by using an ident ban. I mean, I'm pretty sure every single person in Brazil was in on that DOS attack, anyway!
- Kale - An EX-IRCop who associates himself with K-Lining on ED IRC
- Kloeri - A severely autistic Freenode op who will K-Line anyone breaking any of his rules (i.e. having fun or making jokes).
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