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The following constitutes the general rules for using the ECNet Network. Please note that IRC Operators reserve the right to remove a user's access at any time. Users may appeal by going to this page. Please include details.
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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 occuring. If you have any questions about one of rules, feel free to talk to an operator in our official channel, [irc://irc.ecnet.org/ecnet #ecnet].
  
ECNet shall not be held legally responsible for what the users choose to do while utilizing the network. By signing onto any ECNet server, the users automatically assume any and all legal responsibility for their actions.  
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==Channels==
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Users may create and register any type of channel on ECNet for any reason that conforms with 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.
  
IRC is a privilege - NOT a right. IRC is not a democracy. IRC is classified as a "privately owned service" - therefore, the First Amendment does not apply. Whilst we encourage free speech, we do not condone speech or actions which harm, harass, or offend other users.  
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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 cybersex, the channel must either have mode +s on it or have mode +p with a clear warning in the topic about possibly offensive behavior. If a channel advertises that safe for children, it must not allow behavior that is to the contrary.
  
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==Bots and scripts==
Network Channel = Channel owned by ECNet Networks
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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.
  
==Pornography/Cybersex==
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==Prohibited behavior==
This network permits adult-only channels but they must be hidden from the general channel list through use of channel mode +p or +s. Channels created for the explicit advertisement or trading of pornography will NOT be permitted (see our guideline on ADVERTISING). Anyone caught attempting to engage in cybersex with minors, or attempting to peddle child pornography will be reported to the appropriate law enforcement authorities.  
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The following conduct is not allowed on our network.
  
There will be absolutely no mention, trading of, or advertising of pornography in Network Channels. This includes advertising the adult-only channels present on the network. You can notify people privately, or advertise on your own website.
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===Ban evasion===
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Users who are banned from a channel, a server, or our network may not attempt to bypass the ban.
  
==Advertising==
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===Flooding===
Repetitive advertising of channels, websites or anything else (also known as "spamming") is strictly prohibited. Advertising another IRC network or hosting service will earn the perpetrator a ban. We don't advertise them on other such services so do not feel we should allow anyone else to do so here.  
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Flooding is the act of sending excessive commands or data to the network, usually in order to take up bandwidth, disconnect users, or to annoy people.  
  
==Illegal Items==
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===Harassment===
Warez is considered to be any file which violates copyright or which is illegally obtained (pirated) software. Trading of warez is strictly prohibited without exception. We cannot take the risk that such files might be infected by viruses, trojans or internet worms. If you are caught trading warez on ECNet, you will be issued a short-term ban. If the behaviour is repeated, a permanent ban. We don't advertise them on other such services so do not feel we should allow anyone else to do so here.  
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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:
  
Cracking, Carding, Phishing, DoSsing and other such illegal and invasive procedures are not permitted, here. Discussion of how to avoid them is allowed. The trading any utilties meant to aide in these activities will earn a permament ban and a report to law enforcement.
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* Threatening to harm someone, either physically or socially.
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* Posting another user's personal information without his consent.
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* Repeatedly asking a user for his personal information when he doesn't want to disclose it.
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* Repeatedly annoying, offending, and trolling users.
  
==File serving==
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If you feel like someone is harassing you, try telling him that you feel harassed before getting an operator involved in case it's a misunderstanding. However, if you feel uncomfortable with talking to that user, it's perfectly understandable to ask an operator to do it for you.
File serving IS allowed, but with the following exceptions: No trading of warez or files whose intention is to transmit viruses, trojans, internet worms or other methods of depriving users of the use of their computer system(s). Users are advised to have adequate Firewall and Anti Virus protection on their systems if they are going to take part in this type of activity. Cloning. Each user is allowed one connection and two clone connections at any one time. Any attempt at further clones will generate an auto-ban by the network software.
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==Harassment==
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===Illegal activity===
Don't do it. Period. Violators will find themselves banned. Please note that we reserve the right to remove ANYONE at ANYTIME without a stated reason. Should you have problems, please write to [mailto:operabuse@ECNet.org operabuse@ECNet.org].
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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.
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===Spamming===
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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 spambots sending drug and erotic messages.
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===Other prohibitions===
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* Any users under the age of 13 may '''not''' release personally identifiable information about themselves through our network. This includes their first and last 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.
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* Open proxies should not be used under any circumstances. Any open proxies found should be permanently blocked from accessing the network.
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==Enforcement==
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===Channel violations===
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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.
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===Network violations===
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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 effected 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.
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Keep in mind that these remedies are used to prevent the disruption of our network, not to punish users.
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===Appealing===
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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 [[Commitees#Appeals Team|appeal committee]] or the [[Commitees#Oper Abuse Team|abuse committee]].
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==Miscellaneous==
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* References to the male gender in these rules are for claritive purposes only and equally apply to the female gender.

Revision as of 22:48, 21 September 2007

This page is for writing amendments to the network rules. This page has no bearing upon the official rules of the network, regardless of what any of the rules say below.

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 occuring. 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 with 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 cybersex, the channel must either have mode +s on it or have mode +p with a clear warning in the topic about possibly offensive behavior. If a channel advertises that safe for children, it must not allow behavior that is to the contrary.

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.

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, usually in order to take up bandwidth, disconnect users, or to annoy people.

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 want to disclose it.
  • Repeatedly annoying, offending, and trolling users.

If you feel like someone is harassing you, try telling him that you feel harassed before getting an operator involved in case it's a misunderstanding. However, if you feel uncomfortable with talking to that user, it's perfectly understandable to ask an operator to do it for you.

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 spambots 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 first and last 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.

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 effected 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 appeal 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.