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IRC Network Splits
server split off from the part of the net you were on. Note that netsplits
are all from a point of view of the user. After a netsplit rejoins people
might say to you "where did you go?" -- because from their perspective,
*you* split off.
irc-faq; Version 1.53; November 28, 1995.
about general Internet network connections can be
found in the section on network
connection problems. This page discusses the situation where
an overloaded IRC network splits in two.
An IRC network is
made up of potentially dozens of servers communicating
messages back and forth as fast as possible in order to appear like a
single server. Sometimes
network will split into two networks in order to balance its communications
load, right in the middle of thousands of conversations.
If you experience a network split, you might well lose communications with
some channels or users that end up in the other half of the split. There is
do about a network split, so carry on chatting and wait to see if the
network rejoins itself.