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VHosts or Virtual Hosts are artificial hostnames that don't really exist. Generally, users have a cloaked IP address or hostname associated with them when they sign onto IRC, you'll see this when they join a channel as the part after the @ sign (Heero (Heero@something.com). We cloak the IP or hostname so that no one can locate your exact location. However, there are reasons that this may not suffice. Perhaps for some reason, perhaps just for fun, you want to change this. This can be done.
VHosts are assigned to IRCops and special classes of users automatically, however most users must request one through ECNet. Once requested, an operator will make sure your request is appropriate, and grant it. Once this is done, HostServ will apply it to your registered nickname. For more information about using HostServ once your VHost has been granted, see the appropriate page.
ECNet VHost Policy
We grant VHosts purely as a courtesy to our users, and they are a privilege not a right. We may revoke your VHost at any time for any reason with or without explanation. Please realize these reasons may have to do with maintenance, changes in our policies, your actions, or any other number of things. VHosts will be granted in circumstances where the granting IRCop has no reason to believe the user is going to misuse it in any way, and where the user has a good history on the network. Before you request your VHost be sure to register your nickname.