Linking Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in contributing to DareNET.

We believe it's essential that potential server sponsors understand that we do not operate like your conventional IRC network. Our Infrastructure team carries out server administration, and we don't guarantee server sponsors any minimum level of access or privilege on the network.

Please read on if you're still interested in contributing your resources towards helping DareNET thrive and grow.

System specifications

Below are our (minimum) requirements for IRC servers:

  • CPU (vCPU/cores): 2
  • RAM: 2 GB
  • Disk: 20 GB
  • OS: Ubuntu Server 20.04

System configuration

Our Infrastructure team manages servers centrally, and will require exclusive root access. 

Other requirements

Your hosting provider must allow IRC traffic on their network, specifically, running IRC servers connected to public IRC networks. We will verify this when we review your application.

Because our Infrastructure team manages the servers, we don't require active involvement from our server sponsors in the network's daily operations. Although, we do ask that you:

  • always ensure that we have up-to-date contact information for you, both on and offline;
  • stay subscribed to the server sponsors mailing list (low-traffic, announcements only);
  • give us advanced warning, where possible,  of any scheduled network, hardware and software maintenance;
  • and communicate unexpected downtime and maintenance with us ASAP


We encourage you to speak with a  member of our Infrastructure team in #infrastructure and take a look at our testlink process before applying. Regardless, the formal application process will begin once you've submitted an application here (you'll need a account).

We try to respond to all submissions within seven days; however, applications submitted around major holidays may take longer to receive a response. Therefore, we ask you to allow seven days before following up on your application.