RULES FOR ESTABLISHING NEW IRC SERVERS IN EUROPE (v1.1)
- Establishing a new server and inner domain linking should be
a local toplevel domain (country) decision.
- New servers should be leafed until their admin(s)
have sufficient experience to handle their server
responsibly. (This avoids routing disasters).
- Only a link for ONE server should be given to the new
server site, that means the new site shouldn't be able to
connect test-servers to other than its own server.
(This avoids confusion about linking hierarchy).
- Be sure that if a toplevel domain hostmask link is given,
all hubs of that domain can connect the masked server!
(this should avoid disagreement between serveral hub
admins in one domain).
- All other links between toplevel domains (countries) should be
dicussed between the major link coordinators of each toplevel
domain (country). These coordinators are called European Board
of IRC Coordinators (EBIC).
- Major link coordinators of each toplevel domain (country)
should be published with the server sourcecode in
- Each toplevel domain (country) participating in the
European IRC net must have a coordinator, who is
responsible for country-internal connections AND
represents the country in contacts with the rest of the
world. This person(s) is (are) chosen by their domain,
but must be approved by the EBIC.
- The EBIC is the only executive in charge of European
interconnections and of connections from Europe to the
rest of the world. They will decide linking issues
WITH the affected local admins.
- For establishing new links between several toplevel
domains the affected EBIC coordinators should be
consulted. If further coordination is needed it should
be discussed within the EBIC.
- Additional note: International links should also take
care of the network topology, so even if several national
opers agree on a same international link, they might be
wrong and use unecessary network ressources. The EBIC
should avoid such linking.
- Any major linking change should be announced in the
european mailing list:
IRC-Operators Europe firstname.lastname@example.org
- Cracked servers are the concern of EBIC, overiding all local
- In a server with non-standard source code which breaks
the current irc protocol (especially the incorrect
manipulation of channel modes and user/hostname
authentication) EBIC will take action.
- The recommended action is permanent withdrawl of the
server from the IRC-net by removal from all its uplinks
- A prerequisite for getting a NEW server connection within
Europe is an understanding of and compliance to the above
- All new admins should get a copy of these rules.