Please type /RULES on the network for our current AUP.
The Otherworlders IRC Network Rules
These rules apply to all users of the Otherworlders Internet Relay Chat (IRC) network. Please remember that each chat channel may have additional rules controlled by their hosts.
The Otherworlders.org community aims to cater to as wide an audience as possible. We will do everything in our power to protect minors and other vulnerable groups, so that no one will fear chatting on our network. In addition, illegal activity will be punished to the fullest extent possible.
Channels may be created for discussion of any topic (save for Illegal Activity, see below). We recommend that channels are registered with the Channel Registration Service (ChanServ).
Maturity of Content
As a guide, channels on the Otherworlders network should be considered to be rated ESRB-Mature ESRB Ratings Guide for their content unless specified otherwise.
Channel hosts that wish to mark their channels as suitable for a different audience are encouraged to use the format:
For any content that would be rated above ESRB-Mature, channels must obey the following rules:
Channels that regularly deal with sexual content must also be mode-locked either +s (secret) or +p (private).
The Otherworlders IRC Operators may set these modes without warning if they deem that a channel's nature or content requires it.
Otherworlders is an international community, users may come from any nationality and speak any language they wish. We do ask that you use only English in the official network channels though (for a start, we won't be able to help you in any other language).
Other channels may have their own rules for allowed languages.
Scripts and 'Bots'
If you wish to connect a bot to the Otherworlders IRC network you must have permission from one of the network administrators (rank of master irc operator).
Do not use scripts or bots to harass, annoy or perform any activity that would be banned by the server rules. If you make use of a script or bot then you are responsible for its activity.
Scripts or bots that break the network rules will be removed, and their owners will be warned. Persistent offenders will be banned from the network.
Denial of Service
We strongly prohibit any activity that is intended to intentionally make other chatters' experience more difficult. This can include:
These activities will result in an immediate warning and/or ban.
Do not harass other chatters. This includes continued annoyance or inconvenience, threats or damage.
We appreciate that this is a very broad area, with a great range for interpretation. If you feel you are being harassed then please consider the following steps as a guide to how to deal with it.
Be aware though that network operators will not issue channel kicks or bans unless they also hold channel operator status in those channels.
Special Case: Harrassment of Network Staff
We have a zero-tolerance policy on the harassment of Otherworlders network staff. Any harassment that stems from the fact that the victim is an IRC Operator will be dealt with swiftly and harshly.
Special Case: Extreme Harassment
In some cases of extreme harassment, action may be taken immediately, even if it is a first offense. These cases can include:
Illegal activity is not tolerated on the Otherworlders IRC network. Users engaging in such activity may be banned without warning.
The Otherworlders IRC network follows the laws of the United States of America, as this is where the majority of our servers are located.
Illegal activities that are prohibited server-wide include (but are not limited to)
Advertising and Linking
Posting links to websites is OK, as long as the content of that website is not against any of the other server rules and you do not repeatedly post the link (flooding and spaming).
Advertising of other IRC networks and channels on other IRC networks is against the rules (and also quite rude).
Channels on the server may also have their own rules regarding advertising and linking.
While using the Otherworlders IRC Network in any way, shape, or form you hereby acknowledge that the staff of Otherworlders does not actively monitor all content within its servers. You hereby release Otherworlders IRC Network, its administration and its upstream providers of any liability for any information or other content which you receive.
You, as the user, are responsible for what you send and receive over IRC and DCC.