You will be scanned via an automated process to check for various disallowed and insecure services. The only way to opt-out of these scans is to not join the network.
We participate in several blackhole lists with other IRC networks. If you have caused problems on other networks, there's a good chance our bots won't even let you on the network. We do not have the ability to remove you from these lists.
irc.perl.org does not and will not host network wide "services" like some other networks do, notably freenode. It is expected that each channel will take the necessary steps to ensure that someone has ops and that channel policy is enforced.
Usage of this network is a privilege, not a right. Your access can be revoked at any time for any reason. The reason doesn't have to make sense to you and it doesn't have to be fair. General policies, however, are listed below.
irc.perl.org attempts to run a safe and secure network. However, the security bots cannot catch everyone with ill intent and we cannot guarantee the security of a user's IRC client. We will respond with haste to any reported security related incident. That said, irc.perl.org is not responsible or liable for the security or lack thereof surrounding your time on the network.
Snowden Disclosures: Due to the IRC server software we use, all channel traffic is propagated to all server nodes. The links between servers are encrypted, however, using cryptlink. You can prevent traffic from propagating by using a server-local channel. These are created using '&' instead of '#'. All users will need to connect to the same server IP.
We have never received any requests for user information and would probably wet ourselves laughing if we did.
irc.perl.org tolerates all bot software with 2 major exceptions. The bots cannot: 1) disrupt the network. 2) disrupt channel activity. It is up to the discretion of the staff and channel ops to determine what constitutes "disruption". If you are asked to remove your bot from the network, it is expected you will act promptly with minimal fuss. Failure to do so may cause a revocation of your access to the network.
We will engage local authorities as necessary to deal with illegal content and activities. Yes, we have done this before.
Channels on irc.perl.org are expected to be lively discussion/debate channels where people can, if appropriate to the topic, rant about the problems they're dealing with.
Public logs can have a chilling effect on this purpose, because the knowledge of public visibility of your words to people outside of your community, and the potential for people to read such words without context, is likely to significantly restrict the free and frank exchange of views that characterises a healthy and effective open source project.
Additionally, public logs are often misused as a source of "just do this" solutions in a way that the medium of IRC is simply not designed to provide, and can easily lead users into antipatterns due to lack of context leading to a misunderstanding as to the applicability of the advice to other problems.
As such, while some channels choose to provide public logs, many do not, and public logging without (a) permission of the channel owners (b) a clear notification to users, usually via /topic, that logging will be taking place, is (as on freenode) considered to be a violation of network policy.
Unacceptable behaviors include: intimidating, harassing, abusive, discriminatory, derogatory or demeaning conduct.
Harassment includes, but is not limited to: offensive comments related to gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, disability; inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images; deliberate intimidation, stalking or following; sustained disruption of channel activity; unwelcome sexual attention; ignore and/or ban evasion.
Anyone asked to stop unacceptable behavior is expected to comply immediately.
If anyone engages in unacceptable behavior, the opers may take any action they deem appropriate including kickbans (permanent and/or temporary), network connection termination (/kill), network-wide ban (gline/kline)
Where they do not collide with network policy, individual channels can set their own standard of conduct. These policies must be made visible in such a way that new users are made immediately aware of them when they join the channel. We suggest using the channel topic.
If you are subject to unacceptable behavior, notice that someone else is being subject to unacceptable behavior, or have any other concerns, please notify your favorite oper. If you do not have a favorite oper, please contact sungo, mst and/or perigrin.
Opers are the network staff. On some networks, opers are limited to network policy maintenance and leave channel issues alone. irc.perl.org takes a different approach. Our opers are immune to all network and channel restrictions. They cannot be banned and channel keys do not affect them. They can perform operations on channels without being +o. They can terminate your connection and ban you from channels and the network.
tl;dr: irc.perl.org opers are essentially the local gods.
Opers are free to create policy on a whim as dictated by the needs of the situation. They are not bound to Reasonable Person Principle. We do not grant oper status without careful consideration of the individual and their contributions to the community and network. They are here for your benefit.
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