Become a Minute-min!


Minute-min are chatter sysadmins who train themselves to defend their network. They got the name for being ready at a minute's notice to respond immediately to network threats.

Your Reward

  1. Become an IRC oper and staff on IRCNow
  2. Free Homestead VPS
  3. Learn UNIX sysadmin with real servers
  4. Learn to write code for real users
  5. Hang out with friends while improving IRC
  6. Add a new work experience for your CV/resume
  7. Help improve freedom on the internet

We would like to someday pay salaries to our staff, but we cannot afford to do so at this time.

How to Apply

  1. If you're new to Unix, create a free shell account and finish the unix101 tutorial.
  2. Join us over on IRC on one of our servers on #team
  3. Send an email to
  4. Get verified using any one method below:
    1. Find a mutual friend who can refer you to IRCNow staff, OR
    2. Contribute 5 articles, OR
    3. Share a code project you've worked on, OR
    4. Share a personal social media/website/blog you write for
  5. After you finish training, you'll get interviewed, and if you qualify, you'll be promote to staff!

Your Duties

  1. Commit to help your team for a minimum of 5 hours per week
  2. Finish Sysadmin Training in 4 weeks.
  3. After joining the team, commit to ongoing training
  4. Work on the IRCNow Roadmap
  5. You can optionally work on third party software
  6. You must be willing to help with customer support, documentation, and basic coding


  1. Track our progress on the roadmap
  2. See the report on IRCNow Finances