Becoming an IRCop
- How can I become an IRCop?
- Setting up a server
- Get the required bandwidth
- Application to link a server
- A last word about becoming an IRCop
How can i become an IRCop?
This question is a very popular one. Because Undernet is a very big network, the requirements for an becoming an IRCop are high. This is one of many reasons why you may never be granted an o-line privilege.
Many users hope to link their own server to Undernet and thus become an IRCop. Unfortunately it seems that most of the ones who are asking about how to link a server forget the difficulty in setting up a server, to get the required bandwidth and to get approval for the link application, not to mention the maintenance of the server. It also requires a very good networking knowledge.
IRCops are chosen when some are needed, but you'll never become one by asking for an o-line.
Setting up a server
An IRC server for Undernet has to be dedicated, which means, that no other services than IRC are running on that server. Further, using an operating system which has been designed regarding security aspects is recommended, usually FreeBSD. Don't underestimate the difficulties of the configuring a unix-based machine; you have to get a new way of thinking, there are a lot of differences between Windows- and Unix-based operating systems.
Get the required bandwidth
Undernet requires a high bandwidth in order to manage all connections, and to be able to keep them if it is attacked. Hence, you need more than 1MBps in both directions, meaning upstream and downstream. 1MBps or 1,2MBps are not enough, you need more than that.
Application to link a server
Routing-commitee (in short terms routing-com) deals with applications regarding server links to Undernet. You should have good network and Unix knowledge, also at least basic understanding about server configuration and the ability to use the c-compiler. If you fulfill those requirements, you can apply for a link.
You can find all the information need on the routing-com website. Listed here are just a few aspects, by reading the documentation of routing-com, you will find many more details.
A last word about becoming an IRCop
You should understand now, that being an IRCop has nothing to do with the power of o-line, and the ability to g-line and k-line users. Undernet is not a war and also not a game, so it should not be treated like either. Hence, being an IRCop means to asume a lot of responsibility and understand the meaning of being fair. Also it means, to be ready to help users who need you, and to keep yourself up-to-date, because this is the only way you can avoid or deal with problems which appear permanently in networks (also attacks).