| Because of the huge number of network submissions
we receive, SearchIRC has had to make policy about
You MUST own your network's name in the form of a
This is the most common cause of networks being rejected!
Domain redirect services and subdomains are not acceptable as network names.
You must own the DOMAIN, as recorded in the whois record.
Network.com/org/net will be listed as "Network"
These top level domains are available worldwide.
In case of conflicts, ie, network.com and network.net
are owned by different IRC nets, then they will be
ammended and listed as Network.com and Network.net
Network.nu, .de, .uk, .us and other country codes
Will be listed with the country code appended,
Network.com.ar and other tld/countrycode combinations will
be listed with the tld and country code appended, ie, Network.com.ar
IF the tld is owned and controlled by regional governments. If the
"com" part is a domain name used by a private business as a domain
redirect, they will not be accepted.
Network.info, .biz, will also be listed with the tld appended.
Hyphens and other characters are included in the name.
ie, Net-work.de will be listed as Net-work.de and not
You must USE your domain name on your network.
Your domain name should be used for your network, your servers, contact emails, and your website. However we understand that this is not always possible or desirable. Your network will not be rejected if the domain name is not used universally. However, the domain name is the primary identifier for a network. If you submit a network with a domain name you own, but we are welcomed to a network with a Different name, the servers have a Different name, and the website has a Different name, etc, then your network may be rejected or the name modified to reflect the domain that has the majority on the network.
When listed networks change their names.
Occasionally a network already listed on SearchIRC will change their name. A change of domain name ALWAYS requires a new network submission, and a new network listing. We will place a note on the old network listing directing users to the new network section.
In some instances, admins on a listed network will purchase the available .com, .net, or .org version of the network name and set up a new network. We will not remove the original network or rename it to reflect the new top level domain, if that domain is owned by someone else. If Network.net is listed, we will not rename it Network.org. The only time we will change a network name or connect server to a new tld, is when the admin owns BOTH tld's.