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Updated IRCd deployed

Posted by Katlyn on 2010-02-03 23:47:31 UTC


Now that we have had a chance to test the changes made to our ircd software, we are pleased to announce that we have now deployed the new ircd onto the main network.

Instead of delinking, updating and then relinking individual servers over a period of time, we have chosen to build an entirely new network and have users connect to it. This avoids unnecessary disruption from netsplits, and means we don't run into any problems with compatibility between the old and new version.

We have updated the main round-robin and individual servername hosts to resolve to the new network. If you find yourself still connecting to the old network due to caching, then please try connecting to instead. If you are still having difficulties then connect to directly.

A full technical list of changes can be found at, but the main changes that will affect you as a user are:

Channelmode +B

Blocks multi-target messages (amsgs) sent by certain clients.

To use: /mode #channel +B

Extended Invex mode +L

+L ~#sourcechannel is now required to be set as an invite exception on the target channel for a link (channel mode +L) to be accepted.

To use: /mode #targetchannel +I ~L:#sourcechannel (note I is an uppercase i)

Finally, we have (hopefully) fixed the myriad of bugs and annoyances that have plagued us for the past few months, including the infamous 'fake direction' issue and the problems with idle times.

You may also notice that we have completed our anonymisation updates, though this should have little to no effect on your use of the network.

As this is our first news post of 2010, we would like to take this - somewhat late - chance to wish you all a happy and prosperous new year.

Note: We are aware that now having +m set will return the user the +mu message instead of the original one. We are also aware of +B being replaced with ? in return messages when someone tries to set it without the required permission to do so. These will be fixed within time.

Last edited by Katlyn on 2010-02-06 12:54:06 UTC

SwiftIRC test network

Posted by Sephiroth on 2009-12-23 18:27:52 UTC

As you might be aware, over the past few months we have made some modifications to our IRC server software. Unfortunately many of these changes were incomplete or even introduced new problems.

We now have a newer version that we believe is ready to be used on SwiftIRC - however, we would first like to expose this new version to some real users. Thus we have installed the new software on a small "test network".

We would invite anyone interested to join this network at - we would like for people to use the network as they normally would, as well as try out some of the new features detailed in our change log here: (note, this is a somewhat technical list).

We have a feedback topic set up at and welcome any bug reports or opinions on our changes.

Last edited by Sephiroth on 2010-01-03 00:42:47 UTC

New SwiftIRC BNC Rules

Posted by Marius on 2009-09-01 12:45:44 UTC

Over the past few weeks, the SwiftIRC Staff have composed a set of rules which BNC providers on SwiftIRC must adhere to in order to be allowed their services to remain.
The guidelines are set up in such a way that they should not cause any inconvenience for any BNC provider as they are primarily based on common sense, and our desire to keep any abuse to a minimum (if not eradicate it completely!).

- BvHosts should not consist of profanity, racial slurs or any form of personal attacks
- BNCs should be auto-suspended/removed on KILL
- Users should not be allowed to change their host at will
- BNC providers must force unique idents on users
- BNC providers should ensure their service is not used to harvest nicknames and/or channels
- BNCs should have a human user actively using the BNC, if no user is on it, the BNC should be removed within a reasonable timeframe so as not to waste user space which could be better served for real clients.
- BNC provider staff members found breaking network rules should be removed off staff, or risk having their service provisioning privileges revoked
- BNC provider owners found breaking network rules will have their service provisioning privileges revoked immediately

We understand that some of these changes may require some work on the providers side, which is why we are allowing a one week grace period to implement features to make your services comply with the above mentioned rules. (With the exception of the more strict ones such as abuse from provider owners and the likes).

Last edited by Sara on 2009-11-22 22:47:52 UTC fully linked

Posted by cursive on 2009-08-10 17:11:46 UTC

The server has been fully linked to SwiftIRC.

The SwiftIRC staff would like to extend congratulations to tadpole's administrator, fx. We hope that his server will make a strong and lasting contribution to SwiftIRC. delinked

Posted by cursive on 2009-08-09 15:12:02 UTC

The server has delinked from the network.

We want to thank the server admin, Escable, for having provided a server for us and wish him the best of luck in the future.

Addition to Network Administrator team: cursive

Posted by Awong on 2009-07-18 13:34:51 UTC

Congratulations to cursive - the newest addition to the team of Network Administrators.

Network Administrators guide the policy and direction of the network at large, often adopting a hands-off policy in doing so, so as to provide users with as great a degree of autonomy as practically possible.

To see the full list of SwiftIRC staff please visit for further details. fully linked

Posted by fx on 2009-06-28 12:54:11 UTC

The client server has been fully and permanently linked.

The SwiftIRC staff would like to extend congratulations to RuneHQ`s administrator, Lord_Sobek. We hope that he and his server will make a strong and lasting contribution to SwiftIRC as a whole. granted test link

Posted by fx on 2009-06-21 11:21:00 UTC has been granted a 30 day trial link after passing its initial link vote.

Escaped is located in Phoenix, Arizona, USA and should prove to be a welcome addition to the network.

Best of luck to Escable, escaped's admin, during the trial link!

Last edited by fx on 2009-06-21 11:22:10 UTC test link

Posted by Concept on 2009-05-18 09:00:33 UTC has been granted a 30 day test link to the network.

This server will be a replacement for as it has newer hardware.

We are grateful for the continuing contributions made by tadpole's administrator, fx, and wish him the best of luck during this trial phase.

Last edited by Concept on 2009-05-18 09:30:10 UTC

Server changes

Posted by Remy on 2009-05-12 20:07:03 UTC

Hi, has permanently delinked from the network due to issues with its provider. has been granted a 30 day test link to the network. We would like to wish RuneHQ's administrator, Lord_Sobek, good luck with his test link. We are grateful of RuneHQ's contribution and are looking forward to lasting relations between our communities.

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