Linking Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in contributing to DareNET.

We believe it's important that you understand that we're not your conventional IRC network. That is, server administration and maintenance is performed by our Infrastructure team, and we don't guarantee server sponsors any minimum level of access or privilege on the network (although, we generally only offer an "O-line" for you, the server sponsor).

If you're still interested in contributing your resources towards helping DareNET thrive and grow, please read on.

System specifications

Ubuntu Server 18.04

Pentium4 or better 64-bit multi-core
1GB 2GB or more

System configuration

Our Infrastructure team manages and updates software using centralized configuraton management tooling, which requires us to have root access. We may create user(s) for DareNET programs, change file descriptor and core file limits, limit access, and make any other modifications necessary to accomodate the network's needs.

Other requirements

If offering to host an IRC server, your hosting provider must allow IRC traffic on their network. Specifically, the running of IRC servers connected to public IRC networks. We will verify this when we review your application.

We expect our server sponsors to

  • Always ensure that we have up-to-date online and offline contact information for you
  • Stay subscribed to the server sponsors mailing list (low-traffic)
  • Give our Infrastructure team ample advance warning about any scheduled network, hardware or software maintenance
  • Communicate unexpected downtime and maintenance to our Infrastructure team ASAP 


Before applying, we encourage you to speak with an Infrastructure team member in #infrastructure and read about the testlink process. Regardless, the formal application process will begin once you've submitted an application.

Our Infrastructure team tries to respond to all application submissions within seven days. Applications submitted around major holidays  (e.g., Christmas/Yule/Hannukah, New Years, etc.) may take longer to receive a response. Please allow up to seven days before following up on an application.