PLEASE MAKE SURE TO READ THE RULES AND GUIDELINES BELOW BEFORE SUBMITTING A NETWORK. FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THE GUIDELINES WILL RESULT WITH THE APPLICATION BEING DISCARDED!
How to add a network to SearchIRC:
SearchIRC is a search engine for Internet Relay Chat networks and channels, and a directory of IRC networks, channels and other resources by subject. The Search Engine was created and is maintained by Jason Hamilton. Our goal is to make the listings as inclusive as possible without duplicating information or sending users to "dead ends".
To keep the information you find on SearchIRC consistent, we have set up policies for submitting IRC networks. We may reject, delete, or edit submissions that violate these policies or that we otherwise believe, in our sole discretion, should not be included. We may also reject, delete, or block other sites that we believe to be associated with a user who has violated these policies.
Please take a few moments to read our guidelines so you can understand our policies and the steps to submit a network. Failure to understand and follow these instructions generally will result in the rejection of a submission.
Determine whether a network is appropriate for submission:
Only submit networks that are not already listed by SearchIRC. A "network" is more than a name or a url. ALL servers that share channels and users are part of the same IRC network. We check each network personally. Save us the time, as duplicates WILL be rejected.
- Do not submit a network with faked or manufactured information - for example, a network that exaggerates the number of users, or a network that uses an IP redirect service.
- Do not submit metanetworks. Metanetworks contain identical content (channels and users) as a network we already list, but have different IPs, RR's, or URLs. Networks with identical content are not helpful to users of SearchIRC, and result in duplication of information in our search engine.
- Do not submit any network with an address that redirects to another network.
- Do not submit networks "under construction." Networks that cannot be joined by users aren't good candidates for listing.
- Do not submit networks that exist solely as a front for a commercial venture - for example, a shell provider running a completely empty ircd on a shell will not be listed as a "network".
- Do not submit networks that do not allow /list, /links, /lusers and other standard ircd network information. We will not be able to gather information or display that network's channel list.
Many IRC networks operate under more than one name. A good way to determine if a network is already listed is to search for a channel unique to that network. SearchIRC will show the network associated with that channel in the results.
Do not disguise your submission and resubmit a rejected network. Networks are rejected for a reason. Until you fix the problem, you can expect the same results.
General requirements for network information:
- Provide accurate information when you submit your network.
- Network logos should be less than 300 pixels wide, and 200 pixels tall. Logos larger than this will cause the page formatting to run too wide for most browsers. Also make sure the image is less than 35k in size, and saved as jpg or gif. png is acceptable, but not recommended.
- The network must own its name. Register the name of your network as a domain and use it for both the rr and your network's web pages. "www.domainname.xxx" should lead to a url containing information about the network. "irc.domainname.xxx" should lead to the IRC network.
- SearchIRC tries to accommodate network naming traditions as closely as possible, but when there are conflicts or confusion it may fall to us to define the name of the network. We will not accept submissions with the same name as an existing network. Each network has a unique name in the SearchIRC listings. If there are two networks with similar names, for example, .net and .com, SearchIRC will list them as Name.net and Name.com. If a network name is different from the url or rr domain names, then we will try and determine which domain name, if any, is dominant, and list the network under that name. Read more about network name policy.
Descriptions of networks should tell users about the management, resources, and content of the network concisely and accurately.
- Use the network's name and use the third person. For example, "Undernet was founded on..." and "The network wants..." Do not say "I started...", or "We want..."
- Use proper punctuation and spell check!
- Descriptions should not be promotional in nature. A promotional description rather than an objective, well written description may be edited or not added at all.
- Tell users about the things that make your network unique or special. Users want to know what sets your network apart from the hundreds of others out there. Does your network have a theme? Do you have specialized services? If your users share interests, or come from one country or speak the same language, mention that too.
- Be specific. Don't say "We have lots of great features." Tell users exactly what great features you offer!
- Do not use subjective terms such as "we are the best IRC network" or "we have less lag".
- Be up-beat. Don't mention negative things unless absolutely necessary. Also make sure not to insult users, ideas, or networks in your statements.
- Do not use relative terms such as "The network began four months ago." Give an exact date: "The network began on January 1st, 2003."
- Do not submit information that changes frequently. e.g; if you submit your network saying you have 3 servers and 1000 users, as soon as you grow that data is going to be outdated and no longer represent the network.
- Remember you can post updates directly below your network's description to tell about new servers, additional services, ask for volunteers, announce special events, etc. Just use the network message board feature to post your comments.
- Do not mention other networks unless they are directly related. e.g; don't say "This network has less netsplits than EFnet ". But if your network started from a server that delinked from EFnet, you could mention it.
- Do not falsify or exaggerate.
- Do not promote your network with invitations and promises of positions on the staff. Such comments will be edited out of your description or cause it not to be used.
- Do not mention the service package name. e.g; anope, ircservices, etc. Describe what services the end user gets. ChanServ, NickServ, etc. Specify details if you have modified services or customized them to meet the special needs of your users.
- Do not bother mentioning the ircd version or name either. The purpose of the information is to describe your network to the world, versions of software change, and end users aren't going to care if you run CS or hybrid. It's still IRC.
The history of IRC in general is mostly unrecorded. SearchIRC is offering ALL networks the opportunity to record their full history. Be sure to include the date the network started, who the founder or founding members were, the first servers to link, the first channels, and then mention any important or noteworthy events through the course of your network's lifetime. We encourage users to post their experience and participation in a network through the network's message board.
- SearchIRC's initial submission process is automated. We run a script that compares the name of your network to those we already have listed, and then we check if the web page and rr is operational. After that, your submission moves to a human editor who visits the network and website. We confirm that the network website is indeed about the network and its services, and not, for example, the company that hosts the network. We check the network to be sure it is unique and not yet listed on SearchIRC, and server information is accurate and will work well with SearchIRC's data gathering code. If we see something that raises questions we will go back and visit the network again, or even a third time. Depending on factors such as the volume of submissions, it may take a week or more before your submission is approved. Networks are usually added on the weekend. If a network you submitted has not been listed after three weeks, you may submit it again or you may use our contact for to ask about its status.
- If a network is rejected we strongly encourage them to correct whatever problem prevents us from listing the network, and resubmit.
- However, persistent or automated submissions are another thing all together, and may force us to ban you from SearchIRC.
Updating network information:
Getting your site into web search engines using SearchIRC:
SearchIRC is regularly crawled by all of the major web search engines, and it is listed in dmoz. Because of our high rating, networks may find their SearchIRC section listed above their own website in a keyword search for the network name. If your site has been accepted into SearchIRC, it may take anywhere from 2 weeks to several months for your site to be listed on web sites such as Google, Lycos, Yahoo, etc. We make no guarantees. We have no control over when other search engines list your section, if at all.
After you have read the rules and guidelines above, you may start the network addition process by entering the name of the IRC network you wish to add below: