I know it can be frustrating if you were/are/have been banned or *lined. Please note that unless you are using a static IP address, inevitably you may land on a banned address. With this being the case of the modern internet if you are banned or lined for an unknown reason please DO NOT use a proxy to bypass the ban, as that sends red flags all over the place. Instead please remain calm and collected, send an email to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org explaining that you are banned for an unknown reason. Also, do not get hostile about bans of any type for any reason, it just causes more drama than it is worth. Instead either accept the ban and wait it out (most last only a few hours) or contact weekend or scram via email. Also, please refrain from creating a topic here in the forums about "I am banned, it is unfair." as the forums are meant to be a place of information, not whining. In the event that weekend or scram inform you that the ban or *line is just and permanent, DO NOT start a smear campaign against them or HTS. More than likely if you got banned by an ADMIN (excludes half ops), it was justified and ENTIRELY YOUR FAULT. Your only recourse is to straighten out your act and wait out the ban. Ban evasion will result in higher consequences, and trust me, you will lose. With that being said, if you are unsure what will get you banned, be sure to issue the /rules command in IRC to check the latest rules and conditions. I will post the current rules as of February 8th, 2013 (THESE RULES MAY CHANGE ANY TIME WITHOUT NOTICE!)
| HackThisSite.org IRC Rules |
- All rules are at the mercy of the oper's discretion. If they feel you are
doing something that you shouldn't be, but not mentioned in the following
rules, they have every right to take the neccesary action needed to quell
1) All users without exception must read and abide by the Terms of Service
(Acceptable Use Policy). These can be found by issuing the /TOS command.
2) No spamming or flooding any user, channel, or the server itself in any
way (This includes, but is not limited to: message spam, mass messages,
advertising other networks, CTCP spam, etc)
3) No participation in activities of any kind deemed illegal in the United
States of America.
4) Trolling is strictly forbidden. This includes, but is not limited to,
off-topic repetition of internet memes, jokes, or slogans (can also fall
under rule #2 as spamming), blatant intentional stupidity or immaturity,
egregious behavior, abuse of other users or opers, ad hominem arguments,
and any other behavior deemed innapropriate and immature with respect to
the continuity of this community and its conversations.
5) No racism or sexism. Joking is fine, but true racism will be considered a
violation of rule #4, and you will be banned. Constant racist remarks will
also be classified under this.
6) No advertising other networks or competing sites. This applies particularly
to topics and /quit messages, but any advertisement in an official channel
(as defined above) will be regarded as grounds for an immediate ban.
7) No government/federal vHosts. Two examples would be the vHost
because it is classified as impersonating a federal agent. If you are
in the military, a military vHost is fine as long as you have proof.
- Failure to follow these rules will result in a warning first (certain
circumstances are exempt from this, ie. botnets), and then whatever
course of action the oper deems necessary. Bitching and complaining
about an oper's rules will grant you nothing more than expulsion from
the network. Remember, your access to this network is a privilege, not
a right. Opers reserve the right to deny your access for any reason, or
no reason at all, should they deem it necessary.
- Questions, let an oper know. Suggestions, let an oper know. Complaining
about how the rules are 'unfair', keep it to yourself.
Here is a copy of the current Terms of Service, or TOS (accessible using the /TOS command):
Terms of Service & Acceptable Use Policy
BY CONNECTING TO THIS INTERNET RELAY CHAT SERVER YOU AGREE
THAT YOU HAVE READ THIS AGREEMENT, UNDERSTAND THIS
AGREEMENT, AND ARE AWARE OF OUR TERMS OF SERVICE AND
ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY.
:: TERMS OF SERVICE CONTRACT & ACCEPTABLE USE AGREEMENT ::
This INTERNET RELAY CHAT TERMS OF SERVICE AND ACCEPTABLE
USE POLICY AGREEMENT ("Agreement") is made and entered
between HACKTHISSITE.ORG (hereinafter referred to as
"HTSIRC") and ALL USERS (hereinafter referred to as
"User") effective as of the successful reception of
Internet Relay Chat (hereinafter referred to as "IRC")
Numeric 001 which states, either exactly or similar in
part to, "Welcome to the HackThisSite IRC Network"
followed by User's hostmask which is a combination of the
User's desired nickname, identity mask, and resolved DNS
or IP address.
WHEREAS, HTSIRC provides a chat medium using the IRC
WHEREAS, User desires to have a chat medium using the IRC
protocol provided by HTSIRC;
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual covenants,
warranties, and representations herein contained and
other valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency
of which are hereby acknowledged, HTSIRC and User agree
Users of HTSIRC agree to comply with the terms and
conditions set forth below, and upon aforementioned
successful connection to HTSIRC and receipt of IRC numeric
001, User agrees to have reviewed the following terms and
agree to be bound by the following terms. HTSIRC reserves
the right to change these terms of service and also
reserves the right to do so without any notification to
This agreement sets out the Terms of Service, Terms and
Conditions, and Acceptable Use Policy (hereinafter
referred to as "TOS") applicable to users of HTSIRC
operated by the HackThisSite.org Network. In order for
User to be a member of our services, and as a condition
for participation, must agree to the following TOS. In
the event User breaches or otherwise fails to comply with
any provision of the TOS then in addition to any other
remedy available to HTSIRC, HTSIRC may terminate the
participation of User from HTSIRC.
THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT
NOTICE. HTSIRC CONTENT AND SERVICES ARE PROVIDED ON
"AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" BASIS. HTSIRC DISCLAIMS ANY
IMPLIED WARRANTIES. HTSIRC, ANY OF ITS EMPLOYEES,
MANAGEMENT, VOLUNTEERS, OR AFFILIATES MAY NOT BE HELD
RESPONSIBLE OR THUS LIABLE FOR ANY POSSIBLE DAMAGES
RESULTING IN USE OR MISUSE OF ANY INFORMATION, CONTENT OR
SERVICES PROVIDED BY HTSIRC, INCLUDING DIRECT OR INDIRECT,
PUNITIVE, AND INCIDENTAL RESULTING FROM ANY FAILURE TO
PROVIDE SERVICES, SUSPENSION OF SERVICES, OR TERMINATION
:: SCOPE AND REACH OF AGREEMENT ::
This agreement applies to all users of all services of
HTSIRC directly or indirectly.
1.0 RIGHT TO REFUSAL WITH OUT CAUSE
1.1 HTSIRC may refuse to accept any user for participation
in HTSIRC as determined by HTSIRC and its moderators
and HTSIRC's sole discretion.
2.0 MODIFICATION OF AGREEMENT
2.1 HTSIRC reserves the right to change the TOS at any time.
It is the sole responsibility of User to check the TOS
from time to time for such changes. In no way does
HTSIRC assume the responsibility of informing any user
of changes to the TOS.
3.0 HOLD HARMLESS (a)
3.1 User agrees to indemnify and hold HTSIRC and its
affiliates, employees, volunteers, agents and
representatives harmless from and against any and all
claims, demands, liabilities, expenses, losses, damages
and attorney fees arising from any and all claims and
lawsuits for libel, slander, copyright, and trademark
violation as well as all other claims resulting from
(i) the participation of User in HTSIRC, (ii) any and
all content submitted by User to HTSIRC for participation
in HTSIRC or (iii) otherwise arising from User's
relationship with HTSIRC. User also agrees to indemnify
HTSIRC for any legal fees incurred by HTSIRC, acting
reasonably, in investigating or enforcing its rights
under this agreement.
4.0 ILLEGAL ACTIVITY
4.1 HTSIRC may only be utilized for lawful purposes. Any
actions by User that violate state, federal, local, or
international laws are strictly prohibited, and will
result in the immediate removal of User. The following
activities are forbidden, and will result in immediate
dismissal of User:
4.1.1 Distribution by any form of communication any material
or means of obtaining any material that contains
threatening, unlawful, abusive, obscene, or otherwise
material that HTSIRC finds inappropriate;
4.1.2 Distribution by any form of communication any material
or means of obtaining any material that is private and
5.0 ENTIRE AGREEMENT; SEVERABILITY OF AGREEMENT
5.1 This Agreement, together with any other documents or
agreements specifically identified in this Agreement,
represents the entire agreement between the parties, and
supersedes all previous representations, understandings
or agreements. If any provision of this Agreement shall
be held by a court of competent jurisdiction to be
invalid, unenforceable, or void, the remainder of this
Agreement shall remain in full force and effect.
5.2 User hereby represents that he, she or it is either, an
individual entering this Agreement for his or her
personal use and is over 18 years of age, or a
corporation, limited partnership or other legal entity,
duly organized, validly existing and in good standing
under the laws of the state of its organization and the
person acting on behalf of User is duly authorized to
accept, execute and deliver this Agreement on behalf of
So, in closing, let me re-iterate: IF you are banned for an unknown reason, contact the IRC support staff (mainly weekend or scram). IF you are banned for a legitimate reason, take it like a mature adult and own up to it. IF you are just on IRC to be a whiny, immature troll, join irc.freenode.com instead.