Adult message boards and irq chat servers
According to James Ng the initial DALnet people were "ops in #Star Trek sick from the constant splits/lags/takeovers/etc".
DALnet quickly offered global Wall Ops (IRCop messages that can be seen by users who are w (/mode Nick Name w)), longer nicknames, Q: Lined nicknames (nicknames that cannot be used i.e.
Jarkko got in touch with people at the University of Denver and Oregon State University.
The "Eris Free Network", EFnet, made the eris machine the first to be Q-lined (Q for quarantine) from IRC.In Europe and Canada a separate new network was being worked on and in December the French servers connected to the Canadian ones, and by the end of the month, the French and Canadian network was connected to the US one, forming the network that later came to be called "The Undernet".The "undernetters" wanted to take ircd further in an attempt to make it less bandwidth consumptive and to try to sort out the channel chaos (netsplits and takeovers) that EFnet started to suffer from.In wumpus' words again: "Eris refused to remove that line, so I formed EFnet.It wasn't much of a fight; I got all the hubs to join, and almost everyone else got carried along." A-net was formed with the eris servers, EFnet was formed with the non-eris servers.