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You should follow the network rules or Stephen Colbert will put you on notice faster than a Kenyan sprinter.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Prohibited behavior

The following conduct is not allowed on our network.

Ban evasion

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

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 the Arbitration Director.

Miscellaneous

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