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:''This page is for writing amendments to the network rules. This page has no bearing upon the [[Rules|official rules]] of the network.''
  
 
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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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__NOEDITSECTION__ [[Image:On_notice.gif|right|thumb|300px|You should follow the network rules or Stephen Colbert will put you on notice faster than a Kenyan sprinter.]]
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==Prohibited Behavior==
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The following is not allowed on the network:
  
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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* Ban evasion, or attempting to bypass a ban set by a channel, a server, or the network
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* Engaging in illegal activities
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* Falsely claiming to be a network operator
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* Flooding and denial of service attacks
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* Ignore evasion, or intentionally evading an ignore mask set upon you by another user
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* Indiscriminately sending disruptive messages to multiple channels or users (spamming)
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* Harassment, which is repetitive, offensive behavior towards one or more users
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* Releasing personally identifiable information of others without permission or of anyone under the age of 13
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* Allowing your bots or scripts to break one of the rules above
  
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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==Bots and Scripts==
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Anyone may run bots and scripts for anyone reason, as long as the bots and scripts do not adversely affect the network. Users may run up to three bots each, but may run more with the approval of a network operator. Anyone who runs a bot or script is held accountable for what that script does and should not run any unknown script without first making sure that it does what it is supposed to do.
  
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The following bots and scripts may not be used without the approval of a network operator.
Network Channel = Channel owned by ECNet Networks
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==Swearing and Vulgarity==
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* MuErTe ScRiPt
Swearing and vulgarity are not allowed in Network Channels. This is enforced through use of channel mode +G (G-rated). You can do as you please, in your own channels. This network is of mixed ages. Please keep this in mind.
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* BioHazard Script
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* CentralFLU
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* XDCC
  
==Pornography/Cybersex==
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==Channels==
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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Anyone may create and register any kind of channel that abides by these rules. Channel owners have full authority over their channels, and they may appoint users to help them manage their channels or remove a user's access to a channel at their discretion. Channel owners may also choose what types of behavior are allowed and not allowed in their channels as they see fit. However, if a channel allows adult-only content, such as exchanging pornographic links or cybersex, the channel must have a clear warning in the topic noting that the channel is for adults-only.
  
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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==Enforcement==
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===Channel Violations===
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The network staff does not get involved in channel matters except when necessary to enforce the network rules. Therefore, network operators should be considered no different from normal users, and may be kicked, muted, banned, or even appointed into a channel staff at the discretion of the channel's owner. If a network operator uses his powers to overstep his authority, please contact the [[oper abuse committee]] as soon as possible.
  
==Drugs==
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===Network Violations===
ECNet does not support or promote the use of illegal drugs. Illegal drug talk shall be confined to that of prevention or recovery, ONLY. Any other talk of the sale or use of illegal drugs is EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED. Offenders will be banned, on the spot, without warning.
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Violations of these network rules will be dealt with by the network staff. Penalties will be based on whether a user's actions were intentional or negligent, whether or not the user was warned against similar behavior or other prohibited behaviors in the past, and how the behavior affected other users and the network. Typical penalties include formal warnings, restrictions on network use, or a ban from the network.
  
==Advertising==
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Keep in mind that these penalties are used to prevent the disruption of our network, not to punish users.
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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==Illegal Items==
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===Appealing===
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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If someone believes that a network operator's action was unfair, he should discuss it with the acting operator, if possible. If the user isn't satisfied with his decision, he may discuss the matter with the [[Staff|operator's administrator]] or appeal the decision to the [[Committees#Appeals Team|appeals committee]].
 
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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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==File serving==
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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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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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Latest revision as of 04:54, 24 March 2008

This page is for writing amendments to the network rules. This page has no bearing upon the official rules of the network.

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

Prohibited Behavior

The following is not allowed on the network:

  • Ban evasion, or attempting to bypass a ban set by a channel, a server, or the network
  • Engaging in illegal activities
  • Falsely claiming to be a network operator
  • Flooding and denial of service attacks
  • Ignore evasion, or intentionally evading an ignore mask set upon you by another user
  • Indiscriminately sending disruptive messages to multiple channels or users (spamming)
  • Harassment, which is repetitive, offensive behavior towards one or more users
  • Releasing personally identifiable information of others without permission or of anyone under the age of 13
  • Allowing your bots or scripts to break one of the rules above

Bots and Scripts

Anyone may run bots and scripts for anyone reason, as long as the bots and scripts do not adversely affect the network. Users may run up to three bots each, but may run more with the approval of a network operator. Anyone who runs a bot or script is held accountable for what that script does and should not run any unknown script without first making sure that it does what it is supposed to do.

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

  • MuErTe ScRiPt
  • BioHazard Script
  • CentralFLU
  • XDCC

Channels

Anyone may create and register any kind of channel that abides by these rules. Channel owners have full authority over their channels, and they may appoint users to help them manage their channels or remove a user's access to a channel at their discretion. Channel owners may also choose what types of behavior are allowed and not allowed in their channels as they see fit. However, if a channel allows adult-only content, such as exchanging pornographic links or cybersex, the channel must have a clear warning in the topic noting that the channel is for adults-only.

Enforcement

Channel Violations

The network staff does not get involved in channel matters except when necessary to enforce the network rules. Therefore, network operators should be considered no different from normal users, and may be kicked, muted, banned, or even appointed into a channel staff at the discretion of the channel's owner. If a network operator uses his powers to overstep his authority, please contact the oper abuse committee as soon as possible.

Network Violations

Violations of these network rules will be dealt with by the network staff. Penalties will be based on whether a user's actions were intentional or negligent, whether or not the user was warned against similar behavior or other prohibited behaviors in the past, and how the behavior affected other users and the network. Typical penalties include formal warnings, restrictions on network use, or a ban from the network.

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

Appealing

If someone believes that a network operator's action was unfair, he should discuss it with the acting operator, if possible. If the user isn't satisfied with his decision, he may discuss the matter with the operator's administrator or appeal the decision to the appeals committee.