No flooding of ANY kind is allowed - this
is a waste of bandwidth and will result in a ban on your domain until
we contact your ISP system administrator. No channel takeovers,
whatsoever. If you have a problem with someone on your channel that
you cannot handle, try asking an op in #shadow. No Cloning, if we find
clones on our servers, we will consider this a waste of bandwidth and
ban your domain. No nick colliding, mass messages, or advertisements
will be allowed.
The ShadowWorld Network accepts a maximum
of 1 bot per user for security reasons. Every bot should be run with
permission of the Server Administrator (type "/admin" on irc
to get the Admin's email).
Remember that a ban on your domain keeps
everyone from your Internet service provider out of the network. So
please, before you do something stupid, please think twice.
All users are expected to follow the
Network Policies and Rules, as well as the rules on the server to
which they are connected. To see these, type "/motd".
As a user, you have some
rules to obey so that the ShadowWorld IRC Network will remain a good chat
environment for everyone. Basically this means respecting other users and
avoiding any kind of illegal activities. Ignorance of the rules is not an excuse, and any violations of network
rules will be dealt with as ShadowWorld Administration sees fit.
IRCop Rights & Responsibilities
1. Rights &
Responsibilities for Server Administration
a) Server administration must possess and
conform to all Network Policies stated in this document, as well as
all additional policies in either the ShadowWorld rules.txt, or any
decisions reached by committees, stipulated by Network and/or Server
Administration, as well as obey directions from any member of the
Levels of Authority who are on a level above their own.
b) Server administration must demonstrate
a thorough knowledge of all commands and information in the
ShadowWorld ircopcmd.txt, and general irc commands also, as well as be
able to explain these commands to any user in easy to understand
c) Server administration must spend an
approximate average of 4 hours per day on ShadowWorld performing the
following types of activities for ShadowWorld: helping users,
providing network service in the way of server maintenance, network
policy enforcement, committee proceedings, or related activities, or
making themselves available in #shadow, #help or another
network-sponsored help channel. (Idling does not count as availability
or network service.)
d) All members of the Server
administration must at all times respect all members of the
ShadowWorld community, regardless of their level of authority or
status as a user. Rudeness, apathy, and illegal activities performed
by any member of the Server administration may result in a
Disciplinary Committee hearing to determine if consequences should be
enforced upon such an individual.
e) All IRCops/Admins/Co-Admins and/or
Network Staff of any kind, are required to subscribe to the
ShadowWorld General Mailing List. Users are also welcome to join this
list and share their ideas. To subscribe, see the bottom of this
document, section V, pertaining to Contact Information.
f) All IRCops/Admins/Co-Admins and/or
Network Staff of any kind, are required to be present whenever
possible at any meetings announced by committees, and Network or
g) All IRCops/Admins/Co-Admins have the
right to file complaints against their fellow network staff members if
they feel an illegal, unethical, or any other activity which they feel
is counterproductive to the well-being of the community, has taken
place. The procedure will be as follows:
1) If the accused staff member is of
an equal or lower level of authority, the complainant will file
their complaint, and produce satisfactory evidence to support
their claim, to their Server Administrator, or the Network
Administration, who will pursue the matter through the
Disciplinary committee as they see fit. If the complainant is an
Administrator, they may take temporary disciplinary action against
the accused, but must immediately file a complaint with both
Network Administration and the Disciplinary committee, and respect
their final judgment and decision.
2) If the accused staff member is of a
higher level of authority, the complainant may either file a
complaint against them with the accused staff member's immediate
superior, or with a higher ranking Server or Network
Administrator, both of which will administer any temporary
disciplinary measures deemed necessary and bring the matter before
the Disciplinary committee for a permanent judgment.
2. Rights &
Responsibilities for Server Administrators
a) Overall responsibility for the actions
of the Co-Admin and all IRCops serving the network on the Admin's
b) Compiling all updated server code
releases as they are announced by the Network Routing Committee,
within a reasonable amount of time (approximately 24-72 hours from
time of availability).
c) Maintaining the security of the shell
account on which the ircd process is run. This includes changing shell
passwords regularly, guarding and controlling who obtains access to
said shell accounts, and reporting any and all breaches of security to
Network and Server Administration, as well as the Network and Server
d) Handling any personnel issues that may
arise, including but not limited to personality conflicts among
subordinates, changing O:Line status as needed by Disciplinary
Committee decisions or Operator requests due to domain changes, and
maintaining control over the contents of the ircd.conf file.
e) Giving prior notice if the server must
be down, and obtaining as much information as possible about time
limits on such interruption of service. This includes machine
restarts, server downtime for compiling, security issues, problems
relating to the machine's SysOp, and any other time the server will be
unavailable to the network. Extended periods of downtime must be
reported to the Network and Server Routing Committee as soon as
possible to begin preventative re-routing if necessary.
f) Obtaining permission from the Network
Administrator to hire on any new Server personnel, and collecting a
completed ShadowWorld.NET IRCop Application from such an individual to
be held by the Administrator for the entire time they have
administrative access to the network or any of its servers.
g) Under no circumstances will a Server
Administrator or Co-Administrator, or any other individual with access
to the server, link in a new server without prior consent to such a
linkage by the New Server Linkage Committee in conjunction with the
Network and Server Routing Committee.
h) Any Administrator found in violation of
any of the above rules, or any of the policies stated in rules.txt, or
any policies stated within this document, shall be subject to
disciplinary action including admonishment, demotion, suspension or
removal of Administrative access, temporary or permanent delinkage,
and/or a global ban for such an individual from the Network.
3. Rights &
Responsibilities for Server Co-Administrators
a) All of the above Rights and
Responsibilities of the Server Administrator (section 2), excluding
overall responsibility for all server functions due to the
b) Co-Administrators are responsible for
every aspect of the server and shall be held accountable as such
unless they were ordered to perform an activity contrary to the
network rules and policies by an administrator with a higher level of
4. Rights & Responsibilities
for IRC Operators
a) Helping users with IRC commands,
ShadowWorld.NET-specific questions or problems, referring users to
another individual who can better help them, and supporting the
Administrative decisions put into effect by this document, rules.txt,
and any rulings by committees or Network and Server Administration.
b) Demonstrating the ability to perform
the duties listed in this document, and the ability to effectively
perform all commands in the ircopcmd.txt file.
c) Ensuring that all users comply with
Network policies, as listed in this document, rules.txt, or the
policies stated on the motd of the server on which the user is
d) Any and all relevant rights and
responsibilities listed in this document or rules.txt.
Contrary to popular belief by many users, IRC Operators are not cops or
police in any way, shape, or form. Being an IRCop means that you have
taken on the responsibilities equivalent of a technical support
representative and maintenance technician. Although IRCops are required to
ensure that ShadowWorld's users are conforming to the network's rules and
policies, there should in no way ever be a police-like mentality on the
part of any individual involved in the ShadowWorld administration. Such an
attitude would be detrimental to the success of this network, and should
it be detected in an IRCop or any member of the administration, it will be
dealt with by the Disciplinary Committee immediately, before it is allowed
to affect the ShadowWorld community.
Course Of Action
/msg or /notice flood
Repeated /ctcp flood
/kill , /gline user@host
Repeated /dcc flood
ICMP or nuking
/kill , /gline user@host
Repeated illegal cloning
Repeated clone flooding
/kick , /ban user@host
Repeated channel takeover
/kill , /gline user@host
Abuse in an administrative channel or
/kick , /ban user@host
Repeated abuse in an administrative or
/kill , /gline user@host
Use of a channel involving illegal
/kill , /gline
General annoyance, non-flooding
Repeated illegal /oper attempts
/kill, /gline user@host
Flooding console window with
connects/disconnects, /stats, etc...
/kill , /gline user@host
7. Stipulations to Suggested
Levels of force for Illegal Activities
must use their best judgment in cases of abuse. However, if the user
threatens the safety, performance, or overall good of the network, strict
and expedient action must be taken. At no time should an IRC Operator
perform vanity kills or kill a user upon a user's request. Also, IRCops
should not play games with the /kill, /gline, or /kline commands, or /squit
and /connect servers to Nick Collide users or other IRCops. This is
detrimental to the professionalism we as members of the ShadowWorld.NET
Administration strive for, and if it constitutes a problem, will be dealt
with by the Disciplinary committee. Ghost kills, killing a connection due
to a ping time-out or excessive lag or desync, should only be performed
after the IRCop has established that it is a genuinely innocent and
helpful request and not a request made with malicious intent.
8. IRC Operator Accountability
IRC Operators, your task is simple, yet challenging. The goal of the IRC
Operator is to enforce the Network Policies while ensuring that the
Network Purpose as stated at the beginning of this document is upheld.
While IRCops will not be held accountable for well-meaning actions with
less than desirable outcomes, any IRCop knowingly performing an action
that violates the purpose or policies of the network may be answerable to
the Network Administration as well as the Disciplinary Committee. It is
suggested by the Network Administration that all IRCops log possibly
controversial situations, such as floods resulting in /kills or /glines,
channel takeovers, or other such instances where proof may be required
should the IRCop's judgment be called into question.
report any problems or complaints to ShadowWorld's Grievance Administrator
by completing the following form.
Please State Your REAL Name:
Your Usual IRC Nickname:
What is your E-mail address?
Where do you live?
Which ShadowWorld.Net Server do you use?
What is the name of your
Internet Service Provider (ISP)?
Have You Saved Logs Of The Incident?
Please Select The Nature Of Your Complaint:
Please explain the nature of the problem and/or complaint in FULL DETAIL:
Please be aware that the ShadowWorld IRC Network
Administration cannot be held responsible for any person(s) "bothering" other persons.
However, with sufficient evidence (ie: genuine IRC log files), the Grievances Administrator may decide to add an AKill or K-Line for the user@host of a person deemed to be unreasonably harassing other users.
Any complaint (along with supporting evidence) alleging criminal activity may be turned over to law enforcement authorities.
Any person submitting a complaint regarding harassment or Staff misconduct must provide logs supporting their complaint, upon request by the Grievances Administrator.
The Grievances Administrator will contact you by E-mail within 5 business days regarding your complaint. Please do NOT re-submit the same complaint multiple times during that period.
For questions, comments, or complaints regarding the Grievances procedure, please contact the Grievances Administrator at Abuse@ShadowWorld.Net.