Cuff-Link is Going TLS-Only

Consent. Privacy. Security. These are the three things that help us ensure safety and minimal risk for everyone who uses Cuff-Link. We cannot properly do this while allowing people to connect to the network with insecure [unencrypted] connections. After several months of mulling it over, the decision has been made to go TLS-only [aka SSL-only] by February 1, 2018. This gives us 3 months to assist people with updating their clients to the correct ports […]

Cuff-Link Profile Bot Service

The Cuff-Link Profile Bot Service has been revamped and has undergone a few changes. There are two tiers of profile bot service now. Free service available to all users with no requirements regarding channel numbers. Paid service [monthly, via Patreon patronage] that will allow members to request add-ons and customization to the profile bots. Free Service: The bot’s name is Ubiquitous. When a user who has a profile joins the channel, it will say this: […]

A Beginner’s Guide to Channel Administration

Intro Cuff-Link offers channel administration services [via Anope 2]. Register your nick with NickServ and use a secure connection to the chat network – you’re now ready to start your own channel or join an existing ChanOp team1. This is a guide to using Anope2 with InspIRCd on Cuff-Link for channel administration, and may not work exactly the same on other services. At any time, you can access ChanServ’s help menus from your IRC client […]

So, You Said it’s Over…

How to handle the breakup when D/s is involved. As in all relationships, we would hope one would conduct themselves in a manner that reflects well on both their character and their ability to use previous partners as a reference of, good conduct or character. For this writer, anyway, I will frequently ask questions like, “If I asked your previous partners, what would they tell me about your ability to communicate? How did they feel […]

Reality vs. Role Play

Many of us live our lives half-offline, half-online. The degree to which we form relationships between the two realms is personal choice. Some believe they are entitled to do whatever they wish and behave however they want without repercussion or consequence, and due to the false perception that online interactions aren’t “real”, this behaviour is far worse online than it is offline. Where two or more humans are interacting, regardless of forum, it is real. […]

Taking it Offline

Relationship progression is an odd enough thing, isn’t it? Those first few awkward dates, the texts, when do we add each other on the Book of Faces, do we introduce them to our family and if so, when is it appropriate? Are they going to like him or her? If they’re like my family, you also get to face a bevy of suspicious folks who ask what you bring to my life, in what ways […]

On Ownership and Collars

Owners and slaves sometimes have difficulties with misconceptions and assumptions from people outside of the relationship. Frequently, these result from preconceived notions about collars and a slave’s place in general. This is not about “room”, “house”, or “play slaves” who often exist to serve everyone and anyone. It is about the slaves in TPE relationships who answer to a single person. Usually. There are some couples or poly groups who enjoy joint ownership. Regardless, the […]