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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 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 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 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 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 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.