Terms of Service (TOS)

Network Terms of Service (TOS)

Last Updated: July 12, 2016

IdleChat (hereafter referred to as “The Network”)  asks you to follow these rules to make everyone’s IRC experience an enjoyable one. Any breach of these rules will result in action being taken by The Network Staff. If action is taken it will be at The Network’s discretion, depending on what offense is committed and the seriousness of the offense. We reserve the right to change the rules of the network without notice at any time.

Open proxies are not allowed on The Network. When you connect to The Network, your connection will be scanned for open—and potentially insecure—proxies. This is not an attack on your device and it only happens when you connect.

The following are the rules of The Network and must be adhered to at all times and in all channels. Channels on The Network may have additional rules that must also be followed while a user is in that channel. Users should familiarize themselves with the rules of the channels they join.

  1. Hate Speech
    1. You may not use any language defined as Hate Speech, which includes – but is not limited to – text or actions that are any of the following:
      1. Demeaning in any manner.
      2. Harmful
      3. An attack on religion, race, or sexual orientation
      4. Derogatory expressions contained in nicknames, hostnames, idents or channel names
  2. Harassment
    1. You may not use any text or action that harasses another user, which includes text or actions that are intended to annoy, offend, or intimidate.
    2. Do not send messages to all channels (/amsg’s or /ame’s) that are intended to annoy or intimidate other users.
  3. Creating a Hostile Environment for Minors
    A minor is defined as a child under the age of 18

    1. You may not attempt to exchange a Private Message with a minor.
    2. You may not share personal information with a minor.
    3. You may not share sexually explicit material with a minor.
    4. Sharing obscene content is permitted if and only if the following conditions are met:
      1. The channel is clearly marked for adults only (+18 years old)
      2. No minor is present
      3. Permission is givien by channel owner(s)
      4. The content is presented as “Not Safe For Work” (NSFW)
      5. The channel is not a public channel such as #idlechat or #help
        • Exception for #help will be made if showing logs of offender’s post.
          • We encourage the use of Pastebin or similar sites to post large log segments.
  4. Evading A Ban
    1. If you’ve received a channel ban or a network wide ban:
      1. Do not attempt to reconnect to the network for the time span listed in your ban message. Not even to see if you’re still banned. If you are banned and try to reconnect, your action will be considered a ban evasion. See Ban Appeals for more information.
      2. Getting banned from a channel does not require a trip to #help. The Staff of #help cannot assist in your channel ban you’ll be directed to talk to the staff of the channel you were banned in. #help staff will not get involved and more then likely you will be ignored.
        1. Each channel should have its own way to handle channel bans, Check their rules or website to find out what to do.
        2. If you receive multiple bans the staff of that channel can request help from The Network’s staff, at which time your ban will become a network wide enforced ban if they feel the need is warranted.
    2. If you repeatedly evade a ban,  you will be permanently banned from The Network and your Internet Service Provider could be contacted.
    3. You may not, by any means, assist or facilitate banned users in interacting with users through The Network. This includes, but is not limited to, providing proxies or relay bots for the use of banned users.
    4. In the interest of security The Network has prohibited the use of public IRC bouncers and VPNs for connecting to The Network. This includes but not limited to the following:
      1. The Tor Network – Has been used to evade network bans.
      2. Cyberghost – Has been used to evade network and channel bans.
  5. Spamming
    Spamming can be the act of obnoxiously doing something repeatedly for attention or in order to disturb others.

    1. Spamming is strictly prohibited on The Network. Spamming includes, but is not limited to the advertising or promotion of the following, regardless of if they’re free, paid, personal, commercial, corporate or nonprofit:
      1. Private websites
      2. Products of any kind
      3. Programs of any kind
      4. Chat services of any kind
        1. IRC channels on or off The Network
        2. IRC Networks
        3. 3rd party messengers of any kind. This includes but is not limited to Skype, AOL, Yahoo! Messager, KiK, Viber, Snapchat
  6. Illegal Activities of any Kind
    1. The rules of the offline world do apply to our online world, and all illegal activities are prohibited on The Network.
    2. Illegal behavior includes, but is not limited to the following:
      1. File sharing of copyrighted or protected content.
      2. Distribution of child porn
      3. Hacking
      4. Cracking
      5. Attempting to exploit another user or any device.
      6. Credit Card fraud or trading
      7. BotNet or spam bot control channels.
  7. Non-Friendly Bots
    1. We welcome friendly bots on The Network, provided they are marked with the mode setting +B, and they do NOT do the following:
      1. Enter a channel without the permission of the channel owners(s)
      2. Flood the network or its channel(s)
      3. Log channels for 3rd parties without The Network’s permission.
      4. Advertise for 3rd parties without the channel owner’s permission
      5. Attempt to send harmful material, such as a virus or Trojan horse.
  8. Infringement of Privacy or Copyright
    1. Copyright and privacy infringement is strictly prohibited.
      1. This includes, but is not limited to distributing Idlechat.net content, including but not limited to that of the website forums, though unauthorized mediums.
    2. It is prohibited to share channel content of secret or private (channels modes +s and +p respectively) channels or those channels with ChanServ’s “Restricted Access” set over any medium without permission of the channel owner(s). These mediums include, but not limited to, the web, other IRC networks and IM networks. Channel owner(s) can reserve all rights to redefine the scope of this rule on a per channel basis.
    3. It is prohibited to run a service which allows two way real time communication between The Network users and users who are not directly connected to The Network. This includes but is not limited to bots that relay content between IRC networks.
  9. Miscellaneous
    1. Please do not request the staff to interfere in channel affairs. This includes asking us to op/deop/ban/unban somebody from a channel. Channel owner(s) have the right to run their channel(s) however they see fit, and they are free to make decisions regarding status and access levels in their own channel(s). These decisions should be respected by the channel occupants.
    2. Please don’t ask for an o:line or any kind of status on the network. Acceptance of a staff member is by invitation only.
    3. The Network and all associated media outlets, are not responsible or liable for any content on the websites that we provide chat services to.
    4. If a legal organization contacts The Network to seek information, The Network will comply fully with their investigation, and will provide the following information when available:
      1. IP Address
      2. Hostnames
      3. Nicknames
      4. Idents
      5. Server logs of connections/disconnections for the prior 24 hours

 

Always follow the directions of Network Staff. The Network Staff has final determination on all matters relating to the network. If a staff member asks you to do something and you refuse, your action constitutes a breach of these rules.

The Network is not responsible for any content you may transmit or receive. Due to the real time nature of IRC, we cannot monitor or police the transmission of data over the internet. To protect yourself, we highly recommend that you run a current antivirus program and never click on links from people you do not know.

IF YOU DO NOT AGREE WITH THESE RULES, PLEASE DISCONNECT FROM THE NETWORK AND DO NOT RECONNECT! YOUR CONNECTION TO THE NETWORK MAY BE REVOKED AT ANY TIME FOR FAILURE TO ABIDE BY THE RULES.

Questions? If you have a question regarding the terms of service, please stop in #help and ask one of the staff members for assistance, or contact us on Facebook