Linking Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in contributing to DareNET.

We believe it's important that potential server sponsors understand that we don't operate like your conventional IRC network. That is, server administration is largely performed by our Infrastructure team, and we don't guarantee server sponsors any minimum level of access or privilege on the network.

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

System specifications

The table below lists the minimum requirements, and where applicable any desired 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 configuration management, which requires us to have root access. We may create user(s) for DareNET programs, change kernel parameters, change file descriptor and core file limits, and make any other modifications necessary to accommodate 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.

While we don't require active involvement from server sponsors in the network's day-to-day operations due to our Infrastructure team maintaining the servers, we do ask and expect that server sponsors will:

  • always ensure that we have up-to-date contact information, on and offline;
  • stay subscribed to the server sponsors mailing list (low-traffic, announcements only);
  • give our Infrastructure team ample advance warning about any scheduled network, hardware or software maintenance;
  • and communicate unexpected downtime and maintenance to our Infrastructure team ASAP 


We encourage all potential server sponsors to speak with an Infrastructure team member in #infrastructure and read about the testlink process prior to applying. 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.