|Linking A Server
First off let me start off
by saying ETG is unlike any other network currently
around. Not just because of our staff, or what we offer,
but because the way we are run/setup. ETG is made on some very strong
rules, standards, foundations. When ETG was made, it was
made to be different from all other networks. It was
designed in a way to provide you with the maximum
stability, performance, and service. I have been on IRC
so many years I choose not to even count them or
remember them anymore frankly. Those years have
shown/taught me alot of things, one of the many things
it showed me was how the other networks didn`t work and
nobody cared about them and why.
made for, a place for the good people to come, not have
to worry about problems etc. A place where the gaming
community could come together and actually get along
(weird dream I know but for the most part, that is what
we all do.) Among the other things these years have
taught me is how much the different networks don`t
actually care about their users, and the network itself
really. Mostly run by power tripping people who expect
you to bow to them. If there is a real problem on the
network they won`t do anything to help you unless you
are a close personal friend of theirs etc.
Most networks are setup
in such a way if you are a friend with an existing
network admin and want status either he brings you on as
an IRCOP on his server or you setup your own with you
and your friends as ircops and he links you into the
network. Also on these networks the ircops don`t
actually do anything beneficial other then idle. The
sole purpose for having ircops is to have the status of
saying you are one and having the power to kill people.
This is one of the things that disgusted me with the
other networks. First off what`s the point of having an
ircop? They are supposed to be there to oversee the
network and keep it running. Next question is why have
ircops if they don`t do anything? Well answer to that is
simple, there is none. They server no real purpose on
the other networks. If the network is setup right its
very rare you would ever need an ircop to do something
with the server.
One of the next faults
with most networks is as I said every server is run by
different people and implementing standards is very hard
if not impossible. EFNet took years to implement time stamping
etc because many of the admins refused to do it, they
liked the ability to split their servers and takeover
channels. Same thing with other networks, people tend
not to agree to change unless it directly benefits them
directly. Even once a decision for changes is made,
actually implementing them takes forever as the admins
all have their own stuff to do and never seem to get
around to it. This leads to many different versions of
IRCDs being run on the same network, causing conflicts
and crashes and other various problems. There is no real
unity in the way each server is setup as they are all
setup and made by different people.
Anyways basically our
solutions to the different problems was a unified
system. Rather then people making servers and linking
in. We basically accept donated shell accounts from
different people. They donate the usage of that account
to ETG and the Gaming Community for us to install,
configure, and run an irc server off it. This allows ETG
full control over upgrading and configuring and making
sure the server runs smoothly with the rest of the
network. It also allows us to remove trouble makers from
the irc server in an instant if a major problem occurs.
Next thing is we don`t
have ircops on each servers. We have an actual admin
staff that globally takes care of the users on the whole
network. And 2 actual network admins who take care of
networking problems. And only one server admin who sets
it all up/configures the servers and oversees their
operation. After all the 2 later positions are rarely
When a server is brought
in, the server owner is offered an ETG Admin staff
position if they would like to help out on the staff
too. Most of server providers choose not to do that as
they don`t have the time for that. After all them
donating the server account/bandwidth alone is a great
contribution. Another point to make here is our admin
staff does has its own rules and is required to actually
help out etc. Just because someone runs a server doesn`t
mean they wouldn`t be bound by those same rules if they
choose to become an admin. After all it is unfair to the
rest of the volunteers if they have to do hard work and
others don`t have to do anything. So we ask if you
choose to be an admin you actually pull your weight. We
have had to delink servers over admins refusing to help
and refusing to not be on the admin staff. Basically
they wanted the status of being able to say they were an
admin without actually having to do anything.
We don`t have much to
offer anyone who links in a server here. Basically you
know you are helping out the gaming community. And you
get a warm fuzzy feeling inside. We also list on our
website who provides the link be it a company, a clan,
or an individual. Basically that`s all we really have to
offer you though. Like the admin staff who volunteer all
their time to help keep the network running, having a
server is pretty much just volunteering your server for
If you are interested in
donating a server for our use below is a list of some of
the qualifying questions that you basically will have
answer. You can e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Where is the server
- What the agreement for
- How fast is the
- What type of connect
does it have?
- What else is the
machine used for?
- What`s its current/average
- What`s its average
- How stable is the
- How long would you
want to run the server for? (we look for servers
that aren`t fly by night ops but are a permanent
addition to ETG and the community)
- Who are you?
- Do you (or your
company) own the server? (this has to be a yes)
- Are you the admin of
- How trustworthy are
- How do we know that?
- Do you have red hair?
( =p )
- Will you mess with the
irc server in any way shape or form?
- Is you machine secure?
- Are you running SSH?
- Do you have any kind
of DoS Attack protection/logging?
- How often are you
available (if your server crashes sometime can we
get a hold of you?)
- What OS are you
- Do you keep the OS
- What are your reasons
for wanting to provide us with a server? (Personal
Gain=No, Providing a service to the community or
your company`s gaming customer base=Yes)
- Are you a likeable
person/do you get along well with others?
- Peter piper picked a
peck of pickled peppers. If peter piper picked a
peck of pickled peppers.. how many pickled peppers
did peter piper pick?
- Do we need a server in
Basically that is some of
what we ask/try to determine to even consider anything.
The biggest one being "Can We Trust You?"
Having a server run on a machine gives the owner of that
machine a unique ability to really fuck with ETG if
he/she so desired. So we don`t jump at extra servers
that easily because of bad past experiences.
Currently we are looking
to expand off and get even more international
users/servers off in Europe/Asia. But any trust worthy
person offering is considered.