This document shall clarify in what cases staff of ElectroCode are allowed to handle bans of any sort. “You” shall refer to any client entity that was banned from the respective location (be it a channel or the network). “The channel” shall refer to a channel that you were banned from; likewise, “the network” shall refer to ElectroCode and “the network staff” shall refer to any and all IRC Operators, regardless of rank, on ElectroCode.
Claiming ignorance or inability to comprehend any of the text on this page does not protect you from any punishment as described in these policies in any way.
As a rule of thumb, if you wind up banned from a channel, the network staff may not help you in any way.
This rule may be broken if and only if the member of the network staff who is helping you is also a member of the staff of the channel; in that case, the respective staff member may deal with your ban at their own discretion, which means that they cannot be held liable for their actions as part of the network. Their actions are to be seen as those of an individual, regular user of the network in that context.
In the process of a staff member of the network dealing with a channel ban, he or she must have legitimate access to any and all commands that are used. If this is not the case, the network staff are permitted to revert any change to the ban list of the channel and to take disciplinary action on the offending operator at their own discretion.
Please be aware that this section deals with users evading bans on a channel. This is to be seen only as a last resort; channel staff are expected to manage their channel to the best technical degree possible. Reporting channel ban evasion too early and/or too frequently may lead to punishment of the person who is sending the reports and/or other evasion related messages, at the discretion of the network staff; action against the channel in question may also be interred at the network’s staff’s discretion. The definitions at the beginning of this document, save “the network” are considered invalid in this section and have a different context.
Any op (@ or above) from a channel, is permitted to report channel-ban evasion to the #help channel on the network. Criteria for a channel ban evasion are:
- The last evasion must have happened within the last 24 hours.
- There must have been at least three evasions in total.
- The evading party must have been banned every time that he/she appeared in the channel.
- You must have set the smartest possible ban in order to keep the user out. Staff in #help will reject your claim if there is a simple ban that keeps the user out.
You are expected to collect logs of the individual bans with sufficient context that makes their time and date clear before you report it. The network staff reserves the right to reject taking action for any reason whatsoever, including none. The type and duration of punishment (if any) shall not be revealed to the channel in question. Once a ban evasion is escalated to the network layer, the channel staff are no longer able to influence disciplinary action and any decision made by the network staff is to stay between the staff and the evading party.
Any full Global Operator or higher on the network is permitted to add and remove bans as they see fit. If you find yourself in the situation that you are banned from the network, you are not to connect to the network in order to appeal your ban, as that would constitute a ban evasion, for which you may or may not receive an increased time of ban.
It is, however, possible to defend yourself against (or appeal) a ban that you find is not legitimate. You have a few options.
- e-mailing [email protected] with your ban message and why you believe that you should be unbanned, using the form at the end of the page
- submit a post on the forums, in the category “Ban appeals”
- submit appeals via #ElectroCode-Appeals on other networks.
The staff will review your appeal and deliberate upon your case. In the event that your ban was removed, you will be notified, and then you will be able to connect to the network.
Should your appeal be rejected, you are not to connect to the network until your ban times out. As mentioned previously, ban evasion may increase your sentence. Repeatedly appealing a ban results in an extension of your ban length; “no” means “no”.
During the time that you are banned, you are not entitled to any of your entities you own on the network; this includes, but is not limited to channels and nicks. If you are banned for longer than their respective expiry time is, you automatically forfeit your ownership of them. They shall expire naturally and are not to be given out, even if your ban time is clearly longer than the expiry time of an entity in your possession.
The exception to the previous paragraph consists of services abuse — if you used services for malicious purposes and obtained any kind of entity in order to do so, your entities are to be removed along with adding a network-wide ban by the network staff.
The network is able to change these policies at any time for any reason whatsoever, including none, at any given point of time, the users must be notified when any change took place using a /WALLOPS message. Should a situation occur that has not been considered in these policies, the network staff are by principle, permitted to come up with decisions as necessary and are to update this document afterwards. The section below titled “Too Long; Didn’t Read” at the very end of this document only serves as a summary of these policies; its content does not have the same binding affect as all other sections.
IRC operators on ElectroCode won’t unban you from channels unless they’re ops themselves there; you may ask about network bans at [email protected] and if your appeal is rejected, don’t ask again or you’ll get a longer ban. In addition, don’t ever ban evade.
In case you wish to e-mail us, here is a template form to fill in with the information we need:
IP address banned from the network: Your IRC nick (if you are not a first-time user): Ban message shown on-connect: Time and date of the first occurrence of the ban: Why you believe that you should be unbanned: