The ExChat Services Abuse Team is a child team of ‘Services Root Administrators‘ Team. Our purpose is to deal with abuse issues directly related to the ExChat Services System (Services). This is to include both user connections as well as other ExChat IRC Operator connections.
You can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any (Services Abuse related) questions.
Areas that this team is directly responsible for:
When it comes to registering nicknames/channels, the Services Abuse Team looks at each individual case separately. In some cases, owning 2 nicknames/channels may be abusive and in others 5 or 10 nicknames/channels might not be abusive; it all depends on the circumstances they were registered under, how often they are used, and other factors. Don’t ask us to publish the rules, we won’t.
Here are some guidelines (by all means this is not to say these are the only things the team looks at, but these are some basic things to think about):
- Do you have any nicknames/channels registered that you don’t use and just identify to keep them registered?
- Do you own any nicknames/channels for the sole purpose of holding them from someone else registering them?
- Do you own any nicknames/channels for the sole purpose of trading or selling them?
- Do you have to use an identify script because you have too many passwords to remember?
- Do you identify to all your nicknames/channels in one foul swoop because you are afraid you might forget to use one of them in a 30 day period instead of identifying to your nicknames/channels as you use them?
If you answered yes to one of the questions above, you should seriously do something about it before we come and tap you on the shoulder asking you to drop some of the nicks/channels.
As long as you stick to a reasonable number of nicknames/channels that you actually use and aren’t just holding so others can’t get them, no one is going to give you any trouble. Use common sense and you’ll do just fine.
This policy effects you, the ExChat user as far as the ExChat Services Abuse Team is concerned.
Please, do not register more nicknames/channels than you can reasonably use. Use common sense, if you need a script to identify to all of your nicks/channels because it will take you more than a few seconds, you may have too many. Nickname/Channel registrations are logged and monitored for excess. In the event that you have obtained an excess amount, some (or all) of the nicks may be frozen or dropped by ExChat administration depending on the amount that you have registered and possibly even result in denial of access to Services all together.
Memoserv is there for the purpose of leaving memos (as the name implies). It is not designed to be a replacement for email nor intended to be used for the harassment of other ExChat users. Abuse of Memoserv to harass other ExChat users will not be tolerated and will result in a loss of Services access.
*!*@* (or equivalent) in nickname/channel access lists
This will be deemed a release of said channel/nickname. If you want everyone to be able to use the nickname/channel, then you no longer need it to be registered. This is considered an abusive act as it holds a registration record for a (now) publicly available nickname/channel. Nicknames/Channels found with *!*@* (or it’s equivalent) in their access list may have their access list wiped, or completely removed at the discretion of the CSOP that discovers them. Channel founders are responsible for the entries within their channels access list. If there are AOP/SOP/Akick users that have this entry within their nickname access list, the AOP/SOP/Akick list for the channel may be wiped or the channel may be frozen/closed if this is within the founders access list at the discretion of the CSOP dealing with the issue. Similar effect if this type of access is found directly in the AOP/SOP/Akick lists.
The selling/Trading of nicknames and/or channels used on ExChat.
ExChat provides a free chat service to users of the Internet. With the service ExChat provides comes our NickServ and ChanServ registration utilities that allow users to “own” nicknames and channels. We provide these services with an understanding that they will be used reasonably and responsibly. You can NOT sale or trade this free resources of ExChat.
Private info or File Trading Channels
ExChat has a strict Acceptable Use Policy, and since this is a CHAT network, we don’t allow channels whose sole purpose is the interchange of files or public information (including credit cards). This will not be tolerated and will result in immediate loss of the channel.
Please note that any csop can handle this, since users would be breaking ExChat’s AUP.
- Repeatedly using nicks the user does not own
- Loading multiple clients on ExChat in an effort to secure a nick/channel about to expire
- Using nicks not owned by the user, causing nick collisions
- Using scripts or/and timers in an afford to get/register a nick/channel