FAQ : Misc. : Internet Relay Chat (IRC)?
Internet Relay Chat (IRC)?
IRC is one of the most popular uses of IPv6. It also comes with a large amount of abuse, which is very unfortunate. For our European users however, we have made arrangements with the various IPv6 IRC server administrators on EFnet and IRCnet to support IPv6 connections.
When users use IRC to chat (and not to evade policy or run bots) and don't cause trouble, it is permitted to chat via SixXS tunnelbrokers. Of course the local PoP policy may differ from this generic statement and the IRC server administrators are granted exclusive rights on allowing/disallowing users on their servers. Whenever possible use only the IRC server which is located in your own country and don't connect to foreign servers.
We do not condone DNS Spam. Using IPv6 for having 'vhosts' thus is not allowed and accounts doing so will be terminated without questions or notification. Providing shells to other individuals is also not allowed. Running an IRCd is also not condoned.
Remember, IRC is a privilege, not a right!
Access to the IRCnet servers (*.nl, *.de, *.ch and *.pl currently) is automatically configured periodically, using the following algorithm, valid for subnets:
The EFnet administration team have granted access to irc.efnet.nl and irc.efnet.ch for every user of SixXS, regardless of credit and country of origin.
Other IRC Networks
There are no arrangements with other IRC Networks. If a network needs an arrangement they can contact the Contact SixXS and we can work something out.
Note again that running an IRC Server inside address space provided by SixXS is not permitted and will lead to immediate and permanent closure of the account.
Is there a SixXS IRC Channel?
There is a #sixxs status channel on Freenode. The channel is moderated and for status updates only.
Users are encouraged to use #ipv6 on Freenode for general IPv6 questions.
See the Contact page for more details.