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MartNet Rules and Regulations
Common sense listing of rules governing use of all MartNet services
Account Eligibility | General Rules | IRC
Rules | UseNet Rules | Usage Agreement
It's gotten to the point where we find it
necessary to have a written set of rules. These rules are nothing new, they
have been in effect all along, but we never had them written down. They
are intended to protect us, our users, and the Net. We know they may sound
harsh or unfriendly; that is an unfortunate side effect of formulating rules
which provide any kind of real protection from the ever more ubiquitous
Many users never experience anything close to the circumstances outlined
below, however, we need something in place for the rest of them.
We don't want to have a 20 page mess of legalese
that nobody understands here. The following list contains rules which must
be obeyed. Failure to abide by these rules may result in immediate termination
of your account without refund. Creative attempts to circumvent our rules
are similarly unacceptable. We've seen it all, it seems, and we are not
amused by it. We're generally very reasonable friendly people - if you have
a problem with these rules, let us know.
Please realize this:
You must accept individual responsibility
for your account. We expect that you will adhere to reasonable security
standards and not share your password, leave your password lying around
in plain text, or otherwise compromise the security of your account. Our
accounts are all single user only, and there are very few reasons anyone
would need to give out his or her password. If you must share your password
with a consultant, then you should change it back to a secure password as
soon as the consultant is finished. Feel free to email
support for help with changing your password. Understand that unless
we have reason to believe your account was broken into by means completely
out of your control, we have to hold you responsible for policy violations
stemming from your account.
Also, please be sure to read the MartNet Usage Agreement.This is the legal document that you must agree to before you start
using your MartNet account. It serves to protect both your rights and ours.
Conditions Concerning Account Eligibility:
- Accounts are subject to validation by the system administrator firstname.lastname@example.org
- Accounts must be paid in full for at least one time period before they
are activated. Payments are due on the 25th of the month for the following month. Forms of payment include checks, money orders, cash or credit
cards. We require verification on ALL credit card orders. Click
Here for our verification guidelines.
- All information requested in the "Sign Up" forms MUST be
filled out entirely i.e. real name, phone number, address, etc. Intentionally
furnishing false or misleading information is grounds for immediate termination
of your account.
- Account must be intended for education and / or recreational use and
not for illegal purposes. Account operator hereon referred to as 'customer'
agrees that no responsibility will be placed on MartNet Communications
hereon referred to as 'MartNet' or any of it's employees for customer's
You may not:
- Do anything illegal or anything that adversely affects MartNet's legal
interests. We recognize that not all users are well versed in the vagaries
of local, state, federal, and international law. While some infractions
may be due to ignorance on the part of the user, ignorance is not an excuse
for breaking the law. An accidental first offense may be cause for leniency
on our part - this will be at the discretion of MartNet staff. A guide
to legal resources on the Internet is located HERE.
Please consult an attorney if you are unsure of the legal status of your
- Share your password with anyone or allow anyone else to use your personal
use account except in your immediate presence, nor dial in more than once
at a time on your personal account.
- Tamper with other accounts, or commit unauthorized intrusion into any
part of MartNet's system or use any of MartNet's machines, files or accounts
to intrude without authorization into any other system (cracking, hacking,
whatever the media calls it these days...).
- Use MartNet services not included in your subscription or devise ways
to circumvent security so you have access to services you haven't paid
for (theft of services).
- Use the system (willfully or negligently) in a manner that encumbers
disk space, processors or other system resources so as to interfere with
others' normal use of services on MartNet or on other systems (a "denial
of services" attack).
- Create or participate in chain letters or pyramid schemes, including
the infamous Make
- Harass users (on MartNet or elsewhere). Sending email or real-time
messages to a user who has asked explicitly and unambiguously that you
not do this is harassment. In some cases, a harassing user may be warned
against engaging in similar behavior with other users as well. Publishing
someone's real-world data (phone number, address, social security number,
etc.) in a newsgroup or on the web, etc. in such a way as to cause the
person trouble or to incite others to do so (even if you don't do it yourself)
is also forbidden. (Establishing that the information you published is
available, say, in a phone book somewhere does not constitute a defense
of this kind of harassment.)
- Abuse the services of a remote server, or violate a remote system's
terms of service while connected to that service from your MartNet account.
- Send unsolicited mass
mailings or unsolicited subscriptions with a "negative option"
for continuation. (The negative option is one where you invite people who
do not wish to receive further mailings to reply to you.)
- Run daemons, MUDs, BOTs, or other background processes without clearing
it with the MartNet staff (we usually say yes, but like to make sure the
programs do not compromise the security of our systems.)
- Run programs such as "keepalive" or any other program intended
to circumvent the idle-timeout.
- Abuse is not tolerated and will result in immediate termination of
- Abuse includes but is not limited to clones, flooding, nuking and harassment
or anything that violates the said customer's irc server's / motd.
- All customers must read, follow, and understand /motd on their irc
- The use of eggdrop and other forms of IRC bots is not permitted on any MartNet servers.
These rules are in place to make sure that everyone can enjoy
IRC and their shell accounts. We reserve the right to terminate any account
without warning (but will usually warn you first, anyway) if we feel you
are in violation of these rules. If you have any questions, send them to
- No abuse will be tolerated, grounds for account termination without
- Two clients per network (undernet, efnet, dalnet, newnet) are permitted,
any excess in this will be killed on discretion of admin.
The following rules pertain specifically to usenet postings.
You may NOT:
- Spam the net with commercial
or non-commercial postings.
- Maliciously or wantonly flood newsgroups.
- Post Usenet articles without either a valid From: or Reply-to: header,
as per RFC
- Post binaries to a non-binary Usenet newsgroup.
Note: If you have a website on our webserver, or if you have a
webserver of our own connected to our network, it is NOT acceptable to spam
the 'net with ads for your URL. If we are informed of your so doing, we
will inform the postmasters at the site of origin of the spam, assuming
it's done from a remote site. If the problem continues, we may revoke your
MartNet account or server hosting privileges because of it. We do not in
any way condone spam of any kind, and we will not accept as customers users
who abuse the Internet in this way.
>Also, we reserve the right to terminate your
account without refund for other kinds of nontrivial misbehavior, although
in our entire history we have never terminated an account for reasons other
than those listed here. In all of these matters, decisions by MartNet staff
MartNet Communications Rules and Regulations
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