||While on our network, we have Rules
and we have etiquette. Another definition of etiquette is courtesy. There are a
few things you should try to remember if you want to be treated with respect
from the ETG community and the net overall. Clan channel here can be an
organization, group or business as well as a guild, team, clan or pickup
channel. We have used Clan channel as a generalization for "your
channel" or "someone else`s channel" but the rules apply for
*all* channels on this network.
General Rules for the ETG Network: (This applies to all channels.)
* Don`t type everything in capital letters. Doing so is considered yelling and
usually ends up with the one using all caps being laughed at or made fun of.
* If you`re talking to someone you don`t know, do not use profanity or be
antagonistic. Be respectful.
* Do not spam or flood any channel. If you feel it is necessary to continuously
repeat yourself, then you`re probably in the wrong place.
* Report any incidents of excess cloning, ping flooding, DoS`ing, ICMP/Nuking,
etc. to the network OPs. Most networks ask that you have a few things in order
to do report a Nuke/ICMP/Packeting/DoS:
1. A log of the threat or of the incident
2. A trace from NukeNabber, ICMP watch, or similar program
3. A screenshot of the incident
* Remember your manners: "please", "thank you", and "I
really appreciate it" are NOT outdated concepts on IRC!
* Try to work out trouble or avoid trouble with other users BEFORE it turns into
a nuke-a-thon. Work together. The network belongs to EVERYONE, and we`re all
expected to be able to get along. If someone repeatedly pisses you off, either
don`t go in channels that they frequent, or you have a feature called /ignore.
* Watch your language! There are often children under the age of consent hiding
behind adult-sounding names. Do you REALLY want to be the one Junior`s parents
come after for giving their 10-year-old his (new) extensive vocabulary of
four-letter words? If you REALLY need to swear, take it to a query window or a
* Know the policies of the networks you`re on with regard to certain types of
software, links, etc. If the network you`re on has a strict policy, please
follow it. We can`t monitor what you talk about in your channels, but channel
topics can be routinely and easily scanned by anyone on the network who knows
how to do a /list. Protect yourself and your network admins by knowing the
policies and reporting those who violate them. We appreciate your help in
keeping that kind of trouble off the network and making it more enjoyable for
* Do NOT make unfounded accusations, nuke yourself and accuse someone else of
doing it, or any of that other lameness. We WILL see through it, and we WILL NOT
be happy with people who waste OPs time by reporting things that didn`t happen!
That`s part of the reason many networks have started asking for a screenshot!
This is also covered in the rules, Part 2 Section 10 - No Lying to ETG Admins.
* Do not assume that the OP you`re working with is male. There are more and more
lady OPs on the networks these days, if in doubt, check the ident. If STILL in
* Do NOT tell lies, repeat malicious (or blatantly untrue gossip, spread
rumors, or involve the network OPs in your personal quarrels with other users.
We`re a little too old for that, we`re assuming that most of you are, too.
* Do NOT Jump into a public channel spouting four-(or five-) letter words, concepts, or
bathroom humor. It`s not shocking, it`s just plain IRRITATING to those of us who
were trying to hold intelligent conversations before your arrival.
* Do NOT Post in your clan channel topic "FREE PORN AT www.myisp.com/myhomepage/"
This will (on some networks) get your channel taken away. The same is true for
WAREZ. It`s highly illegal to distribute adult-oriented links to anyone under
18; and even more so to distribute software without appropriate licensing and
copyright. If you think we`re joking check the US Penal Code. If you`re found
distributing warez, you face up to $25,000 in fines and the possibility of five
years JAILTIME. Try explaining that when you go to apply for a job as a sysadmin.
* Laws applicable offline are almost always applicable online. Do not break a
law. Do not harass or defame individuals. You can be sued or prosecuted from
your online activity just as you can be sued or prosecuted from your offline
* Do not decide to "get even" for someone flaming you by attacking
them. This is not only against our rules, it`s illegal. No retaliation. If you
feel you`re being harassed, find an admin in #ETG to report it.
Rules for the Main Support Channel (#ETG)
All the general rules apply here too.
* Ask for help, generally by stating the problem.
* Be patient, ETG Admins and HelperServ Helpers may be helping other users
and will help you as quickly as we can.
* If the ops have to moderate the channel (+m), do not get upset and start
messaging the ops saying you cannot talk in #ETG. We do not usually moderate the
channel unless something is going on or we have an announcement.
* Don`t be disrespectful to users in the channel who try to give you help. Your
problem might be as simple as a syntax error on a command to chanserv or your
ident changed and sometimes the regulars in the channel can help identify the
* Do not spam or flood the channel. If no admins or helpers are around at
that moment, give us time. We`re gamers and people with families and jobs as
well, so while we strive to be on as often as possible and available, there
might be times of an hour or so that we`re not there. Don`t repeat your question
or request unless you are specifically asked again to state what you need.
In Your Own Clan`s Channel
* Hold a clan meeting with your clanmembers, and decide what behaviors will get
people kicked, banned, etc. Things like threats, trashtalk, kick/banning clan
members, and warn clan members AND visitors that these things are not acceptable
in your channel.
* Stop problems before they start. Keep your auto-ops list limited to current
clan members, institute a password-for-ops (chanpass) system, and make hostmasks
sufficiently restrictive that not just anyone using @home can get ops in your
* Tell new clan members what`s expected of them in the channel. Show them how to
kick, ban, change topic, and change modes in the channel. Show them how to
invite themselves back in if channel is +i, and how to get around a global ban
* Set up two (if not thre* admins or chanleaders that can add people to
auto-ops. It`s a real pain when the ONE person that can do it is on vacation!
Show your admins how to work with Services, give them the password, and make
sure they know how to do hostmasks. Tell them to ask an op if they don`t know
what they`re doing.
* If your channel changes networks, post it in the channel topic for a week or
so before you move. It`s a little like a "change-of-address" card!
* Do not kickban one person for violating the rules and do nothing to someone
else for the same behavior. That sets up a double standard for your channel that
you won`t want to deal with later!
* Do not leave clan members that have been gone for a year on your auto-op list,
or make hostmasks like *!*@*.aol.com. If someone moves, update their hostmask by
removing the old one then adding the new one.
* Do not just let new clan members "figure it out" What happens when
your newbies are the only ones in channel and your channel gets taken over? If
the person targeting you for a takeover knows your clan, they know who`s a
newbie, and they may assume that person can`t protect themselves or your
* Do not have only one admin that knows how to work Services. Having multiple
admins means training each other and working together, don`t let your teamwork
fall apart when you leave the playing field!
* Do not let people just "figure out" where your channel went. They
may not guess right, and you may lose friends or recruits! Paste it in your
topic where the channel went.
* Do not let people get away with things that your clan has placed on the
"not in our channel" list. This has the potential to let your channel
get out of control in a hurry if you let it go. "They`ve been here longer
than I have" is not an excuse. Rules are rules. It`s got to be the same for
In Another Clan`s Channel
* Learn to live without ops! Many clans have a members-only ops policy, and if
you`re not in their clan, you WILL NOT get ops in their channel.
* Remember that you`re a guest. Treat others the way you*d like to be treated,
including fellow guests!
* Leave if you`re asked to. If things get far enough that a clan member bans
you, assume it was for a reason and stay out of the channel for a while untill
tempers cool off!
* Observe (at VERY least) your own clan`s rules on IRC behavior. Ask before
doing DCC file sends or DCC chats with people you don`t know well, and keep
annoying scripts (including colors, ascii art, etc) to a minimum.
* Do NOT whine, beg, plead, lie or scheme to get ops. Most clans don*t like
people who do this stuff, even if they`re friends with one of the members. If
things get bad enough, your friend may no longer have a clan! If you`re trying
to do this, it can also be considered a lead in to a takeover, especially if
you`re lying or scheming or change your ident to match one on the ops list.
* Do NOT kick or ban anyone without checking with a clan member. It may be that
someone`s just joking around.
* Do NOT constantly try to get back into a channel you`re not welcome in. Don`t
whine to be let back in, don`t message people incessantly, and don`t try to
break in with a wingate/proxy or by impersonating someone. All that will get you
is more (and more serious) trouble.
* Do NOT start arguments (which can escalate into kickfests, banfests, and
nukefests and other illegal activity) with people in the clan or other guests.
Don`t make threats, talk trash, or act in ways that YOU wouldn`t tolerate in
your own clan*s channel!