SlashNET is an all-encompassing IRC
network, sponsored by Slashdot
(hence, the name) until quite recently, when they became independent. They refuse monetary contributions
and the network is run entirely by volunteers
SlashNET have a unique "hands off
" approach to administration
. In their own words, unless something breaks the operators
are just regular users with a symbol
next to their name. Their mission is to keep the servers going, that's all.
, their IRC server daemon
, is available for download from the site, although I cannot vouch for its quality personally
as I don't run a server. From the SlashNET server itself it seems to be quite stable. According to the blurb it has SOCKS
checking to make sure you aren't evading any bans and host name cloaking
to stop DoS
The IRC server itself allows nickname registration
, and they allow bots
, within reason of course. They have servers located in Australia
, The Netherlands
and the USA
, plus a range of random
servers to keep things evenly distributed. The network is one of the biggest, certainly comparable to DALnet
and its peers.
You can connect to the network by punching irc.slashnet.org into BitchX
or whatever you use for IRC. Many clients have SlashNET handily provided in a drop down menu
for you, saving you at least 16 keystrokes
. Connecting to the address above will automatically select the best server for your location using your IP block
. Individual server addresses are available on the website at www.slashnet.org.
#everything is hosted on SlashNET, as pointed out to me by Czarkhan
... hmm, is this network ubiquitous already?