IRC’s future?

Exacly what is IRC’s future

With the rise of messaging applications such as WhatsApp and Telegram, it’s easy to forget about the older chat services, such as Internet Relay Chat (IRC). Established in 1988, IRC was one of the earliest methods of real-time communication on the Internet. Since then, many platforms have come and gone, but IRC has remained a popular choice for many users. However, the question remains: what is IRC’s future?

One thing is certain: IRC provides a unique user experience. Unlike many other chat services, IRC is a “free-form” chat platform, meaning users are free to join and create their own chatrooms and topics. This has proven to be a great way to connect people with similar interests, and has enabled IRC to become a vibrant online community.

However, the lack of a formal structure has also led to some issues. IRC is poorly moderated, and the lack of rules and guidelines has caused many users to take advantage of the platform by spamming, trolling, and posting illegitimate content. This has led to a decrease in user trust, and many users have turned to other chat services that offer better security and moderation.

In recent years, some IRC networks have attempted to address this issue by introducing bots and other automated tools to help moderate the platform. Additionally, many networks have adopted a “zero-tolerance” policy for spam, trolling, and other inappropriate content. These initiatives have seen some success, but there is still a long way to go before IRC can regain its former glory.

Ultimately, the future of IRC is uncertain. It will likely continue to be a popular choice for users who value the unique user experience it offers. However, it is unlikely that it will ever regain the same level of popularity it had in the past. With other chat services offering better moderation and security, it’s unlikely that IRC will ever be able to compete.

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Security updates

Since a few months back, we switched to using letsencrypt certificates.
All users are recommended to switch to using TLS over port 6697 and enable certificate validation to make sure your connection is not being intercepted.

All leaf servers has certificates for these hostnames:


We have also dropped support for SSLv2 and v3, you now need TLS1.0 or later. Make sure to upgrade your client if you’re having issues connecting securely.

There has also been some work around combating spam bots – this should hopefully not affect regular users.

If you’re being killed without reason or are having problems connecting, please contact us

Spambot attack

At the moment there is currently a spambot attack on ZEnet.
The messages includes false statements about a freenode staff member.

We have taken actions against this, and we hope this is enought to keep the peace!

Freenode has made a post about this on their website
We recommend that you take some of you’re time tho read the article.

If you have any questions regarding this issue, visit us in our Help Channel for assistance.

As always, thanks for flying with ZEnet 🙂

Update 2018-11-18

We have made more progress to keep the spambots away from our network.

If you see any strange activity on our network, please report to an IRC Operator or send us an email about it.

The client server change

One of our client servers is no more.
The admin Spirre decided that he no longer can provide a stable connection for the client server as he can with one of the hubs for ZEnet.

The client server stargate.* is still linked but not in our round bin and will close at anytime.

As a result one of our netadmins stept in and setup a new client server hosted by bonan.
The server is hosted in the Netherlands and will be our first server from that country.

We hope this new server will continue to provide us with a stable connection for our beloved users on ZEnet.

Thanks for flying with ZEnet 🙂

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