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Annotated Rules

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You should follow the network rules or Stephen Colbert will put you on notice faster than a Kenyan sprinter.
The annotated rules below have detailed descriptions and explanations to serve as guidelines and to further assist the network operator staff.

The purpose of these rules is to establish a minimum standard of conduct in order to help keep our network usable and our users safe. We would like you to read this before connecting to the network to help prevent problems and misunderstandings from occurring. If you have any questions about one of rules, feel free to talk to an operator in our official channel, #ecnet.

We try not to have too many rules, and the ones we do have are mostly common sense. Although users can do a lot of abusive and annoying stuff without being in trouble with the network, the leniency of the rules allow channel operators to have more control and set their own rules to whatever they think is appropriate for their channel.

With that in mind, each rule that was added to this page was most likely done so for one of two reasons:

  1. In order to protect the network and keep it running smoothly.
  2. In order to protect our users and keep them safe.

Channels

Users may create and register any type of channel on ECNet for any reason that conforms to these rules. Channel owners, the users who register the channels, have full authority over their channels and may appoint users to assist them in managing their channel as they sees fit. Channel owners and their operators may give or remove a user's access to a channel at their discretion.

This basically states that network operators can't go into a channel you've built up and take it over unless you're breaking the rules with it. So as long as you're not breaking the rules, you can do what you'd like.

Channel owners may choose what types of behavior is allowed and disallowed in their channels as they see fit. However, if a channel allows adult-only content, such as exchanging pornographic links or having cyber-sex, the channel must have a clear warning in the topic noting that it is for adults only.

You can set whatever rules you'd like in your channel and enforce them in any way you want. For example, if you wanted to ban the word "banana", you could ban people who said that word. You could ban people for any reason or no reason, it's all up to you and how you want the channel to be run.

There's a catch, however. If you allow adult-only content in your channel, you need have a warning in the channel topic. We have young and sensitive people on the network who don't need to be surprised by that kind of stuff, so in order to do that, they need to be warned in some way so they don't accidentally join a place they didn't mean to join.

In the spirit of the rules, if the name of your channel is something like "#cybersex" or "#pornography" or some other name that makes it obvious what your channel is about, then the warning is optional. Since the line between obvious and not-so-obvious can be a bit blurry sometimes, it's recommended that you talk to a network operator for permission first.

Bots and scripts

Users may run bots and scripts for any reason that conforms with these rules, as long as their scripts and bots do not adversely affect other users or the network. Any user who runs a bot or script is held accountable for what that script does, and therefore should not run any unknown script without first ensuring that it does what it is supposed to do.

You're responsible for what your script does. Before you get some suspicious-looking script from a suspicious-looking site, make sure you know what it does. Not only could that script be harmful to the network, it could be harmful to your computer.

No more than three bots may be run at a time, but exceptions may be given at the discretion of a network operator.

If you have a legitimate reason to have more than three bots on the network, then a network operator know what bots you have up already, what they do, and what the other bot(s) you want to connect does, and if if this additional bot is just temporary or long-term. A operator with services-admin permissions will have to set an "exception" to your IP address so that you can have more than four connections without being killed.

Banned bots and scripts

The following bots and scripts may not be used without the approval of a network operator.

  • MuErTe ScRiPt
  • BioHazard Script
  • CentralFLU
  • XDCC
It's unlikely that you'll get approval for any of these scripts, except for XDCC. If you want to have an XDCC bot, you'll need to talk to an operator and make sure that they know how all the commands work so they can make sure there's no illegal files on the bot.

Prohibited behavior

The following conduct is not allowed on our network.

That's a fancy way of saying "Don't do this stuff".

Ban evasion

Users who are banned from a channel, a server, or our network may not attempt to bypass the ban.

Ban evasion means that you are intentionally trying to get around a ban. It's important to error on the side of caution before taking action against someone for evading a ban, because there are several possibilities where the user did not purposely evade the ban:
  • The ban was not set to keep the person out. Sometimes users are banned because their client is repeatedly disconnecting and reconnecting into the channel just so that their clients will stop flooding the room, and it's understood that they're welcome to rejoin the channel whenever they regain control of their client. These bans are usually precise so that the user just has to change their name to rejoin.
  • The user is the channel founder or a staff member. Channel founders can always evade bans on their own channels, and channel staff can get through a ban with ChanServ's UNBAN function. Chances are very likely that it's not ban evasion if the user is a staff member.
  • The user was unbanned from a channel. If a member of a channel staff allows a banned user back into the channel, even if they didn't unset all of the bans, it's not ban evasion.
  • tbc

Flooding

Flooding is the act of sending excessive commands or data to the network with the intent to take up bandwidth, disconnect users, or to annoy people. Flooding is strictly prohibited.

Harassment

Harassment is a pattern of offensive or annoying behavior towards one or more users. A user might be harassed to make them feel uncomfortable, to frighten them, or to make them leave a channel or the network entirely. Harassment is an ambiguous and broad subject, so it is impossible to define every instance that may be harassment. Some actions commonly considered to be harassment include:

  • Threatening to harm someone, either physically or socially.
  • Posting another user's personal information without his consent.
  • Repeatedly asking a user for his personal information when he doesn't wish to disclose it.
  • Repeatedly spamming and trolling users.
  • Other actions resembling the above

With minor cases of harassment, network operators generally ask the harasser to stop and ask the user who is being harassed to put the person on their ignore list. For more serious cases of harassment, a network operator will take more severe measures against the harasser

If you feel you may have been harassed, please contact a network operator immediately.

Ignore evasion

Ignore evasion is defined as the intentional evasion of an ignore mask set upon you by another user, which is not permitted.

Illegal activity

Illegal activity is strictly forbidden on the network, and anyone caught engaging in illegal activity will be dealt with severely. This includes, but is not limited to, giving someone instructions on how to perform illegal activities, linking to or exchanging child pornography, and software or music piracy.

Spamming

Spamming is the act of indiscriminately sending disruptive messages to multiple channels or users. Spamming can range from users advertising their personal website on too many channels to spam-bots sending drug and erotic messages.

Other prohibitions

  • Any users under the age of 13 may not release personally identifiable information about themselves through our network. This includes their full name, physical address, e-mail address, telephone number, or social security number. Due to strict laws in the United States regarding child privacy online, any underage users caught transmitting any personal information about them will be banned from the network.
  • Open proxies should not be used under any circumstances. Any open proxies found should be permanently blocked from accessing the network.

Enforcement

Channel violations

The network staff does not involve itself in channel matters except when necessary to enforce network rules or when given consent by a channel operator. Therefore, network operators will normally have the same privileges in the channel as normal users, and may be muted, kicked, banned, and appointed into the channel staff at the discretion of the channel owner and his staff. If a network operator uses their powers to overstep their authority, please contact the abuse committee as soon as possible.

Network violations

Any user caught violating one of the network rules will be dealt with appropriately by a network operator. The network operator's remedy will be based on whether or not the user's actions were intentional or negligent, whether or not the user was warned against this behavior or other prohibited behaviors in the past, and how the behavior affected other users and the network. Typical remedies include formal warnings, short-term network bans, prohibition from using services, restrictions on network use, or long-term or permanent bans.

Keep in mind that these remedies are used to prevent the disruption of our network, not to punish users.

Appealing

If a user believes that network operator action was unfair, you may discuss it with the acting operator (if you are not banned), or file a case with either the appeals committee or the abuse committee.

Miscellaneous

  • References to the male gender in these rules are for claritive purposes only and equally apply to the female gender.