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Network rules

To be permitted access to the SwiftIRC network, you must agree to follow the network rules. Repeated failure to follow these rules will result in your access to the network being revoked.

You should also read the SwiftIRC disclaimer

Rules summary

This is a short list of the primary network rules. If you are unclear about the meaning of a certain rule, you should be able to find more detailed information from the links provided in some rules or from the rules index located on the left of this page. Please note that the number next to an item in the rules index will not necessarily "correspond" to the number of a rule in the summary.

If a rule is ambiguous concerning a certain situation, the network staff will use their best judgement to resolve the issue. Please do not be led to believe that you can get away with inappropriate actions by manipulating your intepretations of the rules.

  • 1. No spamming

    Spamming is defined as sending irrelevant messages, usually in an attempt to promote something (a channel or web site etc).

    [Read more about spam and advertising]

  • 2. No flooding

    Flooding is defined as sending large quantities of (usually repeated) messages or commands for no legitimate reason.

    [Read more about flooding]

  • 3. Do not attempt to steal registered nicknames or channels

    You must not attempt to obtain unauthorized access to another users registered nicknames or channels.

    [Read about nickname ownership]
    [Read about channel ownership]

  • 4. Do not attempt to get past network or channel bans

    You must not intentionally get around a ban. You must wait until your ban expires/is removed, without exception.

    [Read about channel bans]

  • 5. Connecting through insecure proxies is not permitted

    Insecure proxies allow users to evade bans and otherwise break the rules without being accountable for their actions. Therefore, the network automatically scans all clients for open proxies.

    [Read more about proxies]

  • 6. No file sharing, botnets, spam, or otherwise harmful bots are allowed on the network

    Bots intended to serve copyrighted materials ("XDCC" bots) are not allowed on the network, as per our intellectual property rule.

    [Read about file sharing bots]

    A botnet is defined as a computer infected with a trojan or otherwise under the control of an unauthorized party.

    [Read about botnets]

    A spam bot is an automated client that messages random users and channels with messages intended to spread malware or advertise web sites.

  • 7. You should respect intellectual property and copyright law

    You must not use SwiftIRC resources to infringe or assist in infringing upon the copyrights of any individual or organization. This rule prohibits any illegal file sharing ("warez") channels as well as channels concerning cheating in multiplayer computer games. Channels based on unauthorized derivative works are also disallowed. Profiting by selling intellectual property when you have no permission to do so is also disallowed.

    This rule explicitly disallows any user to engage in the selling, buying, or trading of RuneScape accounts, items, membership, for out of game money or anything else. The account and membership parts of this clause also extend to ingame items/currency. Users are encouraged to bring any such activity to the attention of the network staff.

    [Read more about copyright]

  • 8. You may not scam, harm, or otherwise attempt to deceive another user with malicious intent

    It is forbidden to attempt to deceive a user into revealing confidential information, installing malware, or anything otherwise harmful to them. It is also not allowed to attempt to disrupt a user's IRC session, using methods such as flooding and exploiting vulnerabilities in the user's IRC client.

  • 9. Don't try to be a vigilante

    The network has rules for a reason. If you feel that another user has broken the rules, or is otherwise acting in a manner unacceptable to you, you should contact the network staff or either ignore or ban the user as appropriate. Never "retaliate" against a rule breaker or otherwise take matters into your own hands.