Phergie has been a regular in many of the irc.freenode.net channels for a couple of years now. She started as the “official” bot of #phpc. These days she dishes out weather, beers and snark in many of the channels we all regularly use. Despite seeming so, Phergie is not sentient and in control of her own destiny though, she is maintained by a bright group of programmers led by Matthew (Elazar) Turland. (Matthew works at Synacor, one of the coolest PHP shops around.)
Recently the Phergie team released an update to version 2.0.3. Here is the entire release from the Phergie website.
My profound apologies for the even longer delay on this release — believe me, I felt it when putting together the changelog for it — but I’m elated to announce that Phergie 2.0.3 is now available. You can read about the many bug fixes and exciting new additions in this release on the Changelog page. With this release, we’ll be attempting to replace the dated Phergie 1.x installation running on the Freenode network with this new 2.x release. Once again, our thanks go out to all of our users and contributors for their help in making the Phergie project a continued success!
The changelog for this version hows a lot of progress including several of my favorite plugins ported over from the 1.x branch.
If you run an irc channel, you will want to look into having Phergie in your channel. If you just hang out in a channel that Phergie keeps an eye on, take a good look at all the cool stuff she can do. Learn the commands and amaze your friends. (and if Phergie amazes your friends, you really need brighter friends.) Most important though, grab a copy of the source and get involved in the project. Fix a bug, write a module or just drop someone on the team an email and say thank you.
(Phergie, Beer Elazar)