Frequently asked questions
Q: Can I register my nickname?
Yes, if you choose you can register your nickname with NickServ.
Q: Can I use a client side SSL certificate?
Yes, please take a look here.
Q: Can I register a channel?
Yes, you can register a channel with ChanServ.
Q: I have been banned from a channel, what can I do?
Channels are moderated by channel owners, DarkScience operations staff are forbidden from interfering with channels, thus you need to talk to the channel owner.
This can be done by asking chanserv who the owner is:
/msg chanserv info #<channel>
Q: I have been glined from the network, what can I do?
If you have been glined from the network and you think this was in error please contact firstname.lastname@example.org via email, failing that, ask a friend to contact us.
Do not try to evade the gline to contact staff. Ban evasion by itself is a network rule violation and we have a zero-tolerance policy for it.
Using the network
Q: Is there a official DarkScience channel?
There are a few, the main social lobby is located at
Q: Are there any rules for Dark Science?
Yes, the rules are available on our rules page.
Q: Is there a list of usermodes or channel modes?
Q: I keep seeing people with fancy domains, how do I get one?
There are a few ways to get a hostmask, one is to ask directly in
The other is to request via hostserv:
/msg hostserv REQUEST <vanity>
The latter might take some time before we notice the request pending, if you decide to ask us for a vhost, please include the desired vhost in your request. Do not ask for a vhost and wait for us ask you which vhost you want.
Q: What makes this IRC network different from other IRC network?
Two main differences are that we require SSL on every connection, and we give host cloaks to each client.
You may also ask for a custom virtual hostname in our #support channel.
Q: Do you support tor connections?
Short answer: Yes.
Long answer: DarkScience in the past restricted tor connections because they could be used for spam. But in light of recent privacy concerns, and also because there just aren't too many IRC networks that allow tor (most of the public IRC networks K-Line tor exit nodes), as of November 30, 2011, tor connections have been allowed globally on our servers, and we hope to be a better IRC network by assuring our users an option for privacy, if they so choose, to use tor.
We prefer people to connect to our hidden service URL:
DarkScience tor hidden services urls:
tor.irc.darkscience.neton port 6697
darksci3bfoka7tw.onionon port 6697