While we try to keep things running smoothly, the Free in FreeIRC does not mean that this service is gratis. Like any service online, we have to pay for domain names, a server, and there is a great deal of time volunteered by our IRC Operators keeping this network running trouble-free, both in IRC and on the server.
Of course we are always happy and very grateful for any help you can give us by contributing any sum of money, but we want you to remain safe doing so. Currently, we only accept donations via BitCoin. While there is a perception that BitCoin is anonymous, that is not entirely true.
Some effort is required to protect your privacy with Bitcoin. All Bitcoin transactions are stored publicly and permanently on the internet, which means anyone can see the balance and transactions of any Bitcoin address. However, the identity of the user behind an address remains unknown until information is revealed during a purchase or in other circumstances. This is one reason why Bitcoin addresses should only be used once. Always remember that it is your responsibility to adopt good practices in order to protect your privacy.
We will be posting some BitCoin best practices to keep your privacy soon, but until then you can read more from BitCoin about privacy, and only those that are confident in their BitCoin Operational Security should consider donating. We use a separate wallet for receiving donations located at