The creation of Yiffnet came about from a varity of things that had been going on in the world of furry's and IRC. From the time I first discovered that there were furry fans on IRC, I had been listening to them and even experiencing firsthand, the problems with the EFnet IRC network. Lag times of minutes, network splits that either occured every few minutes or occured once and took hours to heal, were an ever growing problem.
The solution seemed fairly
simple, create an IRC network where those problems didn't exist or were
minimal. I should have remembered that the simple idea is always the
most painful ...
How to make friends and enemies at the same time
I make my living doing networking stuff. Given the problems I kept hearing about, I grabbed a copy of the IRC server software and got it running on a machine I owned. Then I sat there staring at it and forgot it. The reason? I knew I couldn't handle the load by myself and knew I couldn't ask everyone to join a private server. Several weeks after I'd gotten to this point, I found I wasn't alone. One other person had done the same thing and one night we found out about each other. That night, the silliest IRC network known was born, Yiffnet. I added a third server that was better connected, and as people joined our network to get away from the problems with EFnet, we added a fourth server. The names Elkay, Kalindra and then Jumpy became known for being the nice people who were trying to help their fellow furries...
Wait, you mentioned enemies?
Yep, and they took about a week to show up. By the end of the first
week of operation, EFnet-#furry was a wasteland because most people
liked the low-lag, low-split qualities of Yiffnet. Most, but not all.
There were those that were left behind, either by accident, defective
clients or personal choice. In any case, they were pissed at us and it
just got worse. We had tried to soften the move or accomodate people by
linking the two channels with a bot that copied traffic between
networks. EFnet hated the bot and killed it. We tried to keep people on
both networks to act as information sources when someone asked where
everyone had gone. Those people were kicked from the channel or
ridiculed in public.
So what happened?
Well, at least for the moment, things have settled down. New versions of the bot are being built, people whine about the old ones, bitch about what goes on in the channels, and so on. In other words, it's gotten boring. We have things going on though that will bring that to a halt. It's been decided that kick/ban wars should be allowed as tools of discipline, so I'm fairly certain that the days of boredom are numbered. *grin*
We are adding servers when possible. The cute little tigress at the
left that is stuffing her muzzle with hy00man crackers managed to
convince some friends in Sweden to join us, but it didn't last. (Thank
you anyway Felicia Kaye) We are still looking for a sites in Austrailia
and Europe. The official ConFurence site is also planning on joining
our little network when their machine gets a full time link.
Yiffnet the Domain
If you looked at the masthead above, you'll also have noticed that we have our own domain now. The plan is to alias every server to a machine name in the domain yiffnet.org, and then arrange for irc.yiffnet.org to connect a user to a random server. When we settle on a specific site for a web and ftp server, www.yiffnet.org and ftp.yiffnet.org will also be created.
The question keeps coming up, just what is #furry for? Ok, if you can pin down everyone for an answer, most of them agree #furry is supposed to be like Cheers, a place you go where you can talk with friends. Unfortunatly it's more like a collision between a singles bar, a comedy club and a stage. So, for those who want a channel where chatting is the rule rather then the exception, we created #furry-classic. It's the channel that tried to keep the original idea of #furry alive from the days when IRC was first used by furry's.
The Network Charter
It's not ratified yet, in fact it's still pretty rough, but we have the basis for a network charter . Call it the rules of operation and maintainence for server owners if you will. It contains things concerning individual channels though, so users might find it interesting also.
Specific Channel Charters
As allowed by the general charter, some channels have specific
charters or rules for usage. These channels are sponsored by specific
people who define the charter and submit it for registration. In the
event of a conflict, the charter and it's creators define the ground
If you visit one of these channels and get warned about your behaviour, I'd suggest reviewing the charter, making sure the person talking to you was a channel sponsor, and then listening to them.
Server Alias Ports Admin
irc.isc-br.com ona.yiffnet.org 6667,7000 firstname.lastname@example.org
yiff.lupine.org lupine.yiffnet.org 6667,7000 email@example.com
yiff.kuai.se 6667,7000 firstname.lastname@example.org
uplift.sparta.lu.se 7000 email@example.com
yiff.superior.net 6667,7000 firstname.lastname@example.org
beldin.it.com.au au.yiffnet.org 7000 email@example.com
scope.dentistry.adelaide.edu.au 6667,7000 firstname.lastname@example.org
Other Yiffnet or Furry IRC resources
The Yiffnet t-shirt project
NOTICE As of April 15th, 1996 I am reasonably sure the t-shirt project is dead. Nobody has heard from email@example.com in a long time and the deadline is long over. It was a nice idea, but it seems to have failed for unknown reasons.
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