ext3 Acceptable Use Policy

The AUP in a nutshell:

Table of Contents:

Part 1

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Introduction

This Acceptable Use Policy governs the use of computers and servers on the ext3 Internet Relay Chat Network, including but not limited to, its chat forums, web pages, and e-mail services. As a user of these resources, you are responsible for reading and understanding this document. This document protects the users of ext3, computing hardware and networks, and system administrators.

Connection to the ext3 IRC network is a privilege, not a right. ext3 reserves the right to deny access to its network without advanced warning and without being under any obligation to provide a reason. Where a reason is provided, it is done so at the discretion of ext3. ext3 is an unmoderated forum made possible by the donations of its service providers and volunteer staff. By connecting to ext3 you accept that you are a guest on a private system. Your privilege of use is revokable at any time for any reason. Further you accept that you have no claim to any data maintained by ext3 that you have used.

ext3 does not control/monitor the content transmitted via its services and, as such, does not guarantee the accuracy, integrity or quality of such content. You understand that by using ext3, you may be exposed to content that is offensive, indecent or objectionable. Under no circumstances will ext3 be liable in any way for any content, including, but not limited to, for any errors or omissions in any content, or for any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of the use of any content posted, emailed, transmitted or otherwise made available via ext3.

ext3 reserves the right to alter this AUP and any terms and conditions of service at any time without prior notice. The ext3 AUP is under constant review. We consider comments from our users and from experienced staff. We will change this document from time to time. You are subject to the AUP in effect at the time you use any ext3 resource/service, and to each revision of the AUP that becomes effective subsequently.

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COPPA Compliance

ext3 does not support the FTC's COPPA policy. This means that users under 13 years of age will NOT be permitted on the network. Known users who are under 13 will be banned from the network until they are of age to return.

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Rights and Responsibilities

This network can provide access to resources locally, as well as the ability to communicate with other users worldwide. Such open access is a privilege and requires that individual users act responsibly. Users must respect the rights of other users, respect the integrity of the systems and related physical resources, and observe all relevant laws, regulations, and contractual obligations. Since electronic information is volatile and easily reproduced, users must exercise care in acknowledging and respecting the work of others through strict adherence to software licensing agreements and copyright laws. ext3 will openly and fully cooperate with any duly authorized law enforcement agency in their efforts to enforce their laws.

By using ext3, you agree to indemnify and hold harmless ext3, its resource providers, officers, operators, administrators, and other agents from any and all claims, costs, expenses, judgments, causes of action, attorney fees, litigation and court costs, resulting from the subscriber’s use of ext3 services in any manner, whether directly or indirectly or by any act or omission.

You are solely responsible for the knowledge of and adherence to any and all laws, statutes, rules and regulations pertaining to (1) your use of any ext3 service, (2) the communications means by which you connect your terminal, personal computer or other device to ext3 services or to any service provided to and by ext3, and (3) the local ext3 server you connect to as stated or referenced to in its Message of the Day (/motd). Your rights herein granted cannot be transferred, assigned, shared, sold, or used by anyone other than yourself. ext3 has the right to delete ALL data files, or other information that is stored in any database operated by an ext3 officer or under the auspices of ext3 once your nick/channel’s registration has been terminated, by either you or ext3.

No warranty is made by ext3 regarding any information, services or products provided through, in connection with, or located on the computer systems owned by, or operated under the auspices of, ext3 or any other services provided by ext3. ext3 hereby expressly disclaims any and all warranties, including without limitation (i) any warranties as to the availability, accuracy, or content of information, products, or services; and, (ii) any warranties of merchantabilitiy or fitness for a particular purpose.

ext3 shall have no liability for damages caused or allegedly caused by any failure of performance, error, omission, interruption, electrical surge or damage or interference, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communication line failure. No agent, officer, or representative of ext3 has any authority to bind ext3 to any affirmation, representation, or warranty concerning the services provided by ext3.

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Enforcement

Minor infractions of this policy, when accidental, such as connecting multiple clients, or flooding, are generally resolved informally by a network operator and may result in temporary removal from the network (akill) or dealt with through electronic mail or on-line discussion and education.

Repeated minor infractions or misconduct which is more serious may result in the temporary or permanent loss of network access privileges (k-line) or the modification of those privileges. More serious violations include, but are not limited to unauthorized use of NickServ/ChanServ accounts, attempts to steal passwords or data, repeated harassment, or threatening behavior. In addition the offender’s service provider will most likely be informed.

Harassment, as mentioned above, shall include, but is not limited to, the following:

[Note: Channels structured to facilitate harassment as detailed above are subject to closure.]

Upon receiving a “k-line”, the user is on notice that they are no longer authorized to access ext3's systems. Any attempt to circumvent the restriction will be considered trespass and subject to civil prosecution. The user is instructed to contact admin[at]ext3[dot]net via e-mail to facilitate the removal of the restriction and to once again be authorized to use the system. ext3 endeavors to allow all persons to be able to use its services in a free and unmoderated manner. However, ext3 will exercise its right to remove users at its own determination, when it feels that doing so benefits the community as a whole. There are times when accomplishing this requires restricting access to an entire ISP. ext3 will make every effort to work with the affected ISP to track down and restrict just the offending individual(s) and once again allow access to the ISP’s normal userbase. The failure of ext3 to exercise or enforce any right or provision of the AUP shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision.

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Part 2

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Conduct Which Violates this Policy

Definition: An “account” with regard to any of ext3's services (NickServ, ChanServ, MemoServ etc) is the data within said services that is designated for a specific user based upon their selected nickname and/or channel. Access to an “account” is derived by appearing with a recognizable user address and/or supplying an appropriate password. Upon creating an account, the user assumes full responsibility for the confidentiality of your account/password. You are responsible for all uses of your account, whether or not actually or expressly authorized by you.

Conduct which violates this policy includes, but is not limited to, the activities in the following list:

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Further Information

For further information on anything contained in this document, please contact admin[at]ext3[dot]net or while online, type "/JOIN #ext3" and ask to be contacted by an ext3 administrator.

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E-mail Policy

This policy applies to all support email and the user level messaging system.

All emails between users and admins are logged for legal purposes. Even if you remove a email from your inbox it will remain on the server for up to 14 days for legal reasons. These emails & messages are encypted and secure from public viewing.

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