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Bylaws (abridged)

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Network Government[edit]

Lead Network Administrator[edit]

The lead network administrator is the president of the network. His job is to oversee the administration of the network and make sure that everyone is doing their job. Any responsibility that is not delegated to anyone falls with the lead network administrator, who can either delegate the responsibility to a new committee or director, staff members, manage the responsibility himself.

The lead network administrator can create new committees and director positions to delegate his responsibilities to other people, but only the general consortium can dissolve them. Any server administrator is qualified to become the lead network administrator with the approval of the general consortium, and can then be removed by a unanimous vote by the general consortium where the lead network administrator can't vote.

General Consortium[edit]

The general consortium is the collection of all of the server administrators, including the lead network administrator. The general consortium can do the following:

  • Create and dissolve new director positions and committees, which requires a two-thirds majority
  • Remove the current lead network administrator, which requires unanimous approval, not counting the lead network administrator's vote
  • Elect a new lead network administrator when the position is vacant, which requires a two-thirds majority
  • Prevent administrators from promoting local operators to global operators, which requires a simple majority

Organizational Units[edit]

Organizational units are jobs that manage responsibilities which have been delegated from the lead network administrator. There are two kinds of organizational units: a committee, which is a group of people, and a director, which is a single person. Directors can usually delegate tasks to other people, while committees usually have to handle tasks internally.

Director and committee positions can be created by either the lead network administrator or the general consortium, but they can only be dissolved by the general consortium. Newly created positions are made with a charter that outlines what each position is responsible for, how much authority they have, and any other relevant information.

Server Administrators[edit]

Server administrators are the people who are in charge of the individual servers connected to the network. Each server has one server administrator, who is in charge of the network operators on their servers.

Rights and responsibilities[edit]

  • Administrators should keep their server's connection to the network as stable as possible and make sure that their server is up-to-date and secure.
  • Administrators can set the name of their server, its /motd messsage, and local server rules that don't conflict with the network rules.
  • Administrators should represent their server in the general consortium. Each administrator has one vote.
  • Administrators can appoint network operators to help them manage their server and the network.
  • Administrators are responsible for the actions of the network operators they select, and must ensure that they're well-trained and know what's required of them.
  • Administrators are responsible for keeping the other administrators aware of any problems and changes with their server's staff.
  • Administrators can have a backup o:line on the main server, which lets them still have operator status somewhere even if their server goes down.

Server rules[edit]

Administrators can set rules for their server as they see necessary as long as those rules are reasonable and don't interfere with network rules. The following rules should never be set on any server:

  • Any rules that limits the freedom of speech, except for reasonable rules against illegal speech
  • Any rules that let network operators kill or ban people randomly or without any reason
  • Any rules that are detrimental to the network or discriminatory against users

IRC Operators[edit]

IRC Operators are given special abilities to help maintain the network and enforce the network rules. They are appointed by server administrators, who are responsible for the actions of their staff of IRC operators and should only appoint people of high standards.

Local Operators[edit]

Local operators have access to tools that can only affect the people on their server. A server administrator can appoint new local operators on their server at their discretion. Server administrators usually appoint local operators so that they can train and prepare them to become global operators later on.

Global Operators[edit]

Global operators have access both to tools that affect the server and the network. When a server administrator believes that a local operator is ready to become a global operator, the other administrators should be informed at least five days before the operator is upgraded. During that time, if any objections are made by a server administrator, a general consortium meeting is held on whether the promotion should be blocked. Whenever an operator is blocked from becoming a global operator, they can't be upgraded to global status for another three months.

Removal of Operators[edit]

Network operators can be removed by server administrators at any time for any reason. A server administrator may also be required by the lead network administrator or, in some cases, the oper abuse committee to remove or restrict a network operator.