Variety Network

TeamTalk terms of service

By requesting, and or using an account on the Variety Network TeamTalk server, you agree to follow all rules outlined below. Please note that both users and administrators must follow the same rules, though there are rules specific to administrators that will also be outlined.

User guidelines

All of these guidelines boil down to the following statement. Act with respect and maturity. However, there are other rules regarding accounts and other topics that don't necessarily fall under behavior, so please read them all.

One of the goals of this server is to keep it welcoming. If the above rules are followed, we should be successful. However, here's some general advice that you can choose to follow or discard that will make the server a better place.

Administrator guidelines

If you're an administrator on the server, you're there to ensure the guidelines are followed to the best of your ability. This means that you should follow them yourself. Set a good example for the community.

In addition to the user guidelines, here are the rules the administrators must follow.

  1. Do not give your account to another user. If you are found to have done so, your administrator privileges will be permanently removed without notice.
  2. All administrators must have a valid email address, so other administrators can contact them. If you do not have an email address, you cannot be kept up to date about server and administration changes.
  3. If a user is added, ban, or deleted, please contact the main administrator at the very least. You should inform him of the action performed, your reasons for doing so, and the approximate time the action was taken. Clarifying your timezone and contacting the other administrators is advised.
  4. Abide by the decisions made by other administrators. For example, if a user account has been removed or a user ban, talk to an administrator and determine why the decision has been made before adding them again.
  5. Don't avoid people you don't like. You're there to administrate the server, not avoid problems. If you're unsure how to go about solving a problem, talk to another administrator.
  6. Administrators can feel free to invite other users to the server, but please ensure that those users will follow the guidelines of the server to the best of your ability. If you don't think they can, don't invite them and don't add an account for them if they request one.
  7. Don't be afraid to make a decision without the approval of the main administrator. That's what you're there for.

Other guidelines

Nickname and username guidelines

Connections, disconnections, and idling clients on the server

If you want to be on the server, stay connected. If you don't, stay disconnected. Please don't intentionally connect and disconnect within short periods of time, as it may interrupt the flow of conversation. If you have to leave for a few minutes, it's fine to remain connected while you do whatever it is you have to do.

Please, don't idle for days at a time on the TeamTalk server where audio and video are being sent. It uses more bandwidth than you might realize, especially when many people are talking. Idling for a night or even a few days is fine, but please don't do it for weeks at a time. If you are found to be idling more than you are interacting with people on the server, the administrators will discuss it with you. If you continue to idle, your account may be removed. If you must idle for long periods of time, leave all channels or go to the away channel, which you may be moved to should you idle for longer than a few days.

Please note that muting the audio on your client doesn't prevent the data from being sent to you. You still receive it. If you think you're going to be gone for a few days or a week consistently, it's better to disconnect from the server.

Inactive users

To keep the user account list free of clutter, all users who haven't connected for six months will be removed on or around the first of each month. For example, if it's the first of March, 2013, and the last time you connected was in August, 2012, your account will be removed. Connecting with any client that doesn't join a channel or interact with users doesn't count as being an active user. Interaction is considered connecting, speaking with people and becoming part of a conversation for more than a few minutes. If you connect, trade words for a few seconds and leave, you're not considered interacting.

You are also active if you've given a sufficient reason for not connecting, such as, I have school, a job, etc. However, a reason such as using the server as somewhere to go if you have nothing else to do is not a valid reason for remaining an active user. Also, when you connect, contribute to the conversations. If you don't communicate in any way when you connect, therefore appearing to be an idling client or a bot, it's likely your account will be removed.

If you have been inactive for a year, your account will be removed. At the moment, there are no exceptions to this rule.

If your account has been removed, you can request one again. Weather your account should or shouldn't be added will be discussed on a case by case basis.

Changes in this document

It is the responsibility of the users to regularly check the user agreement, as it may be changed or altered without notice to the users.

Requesting an account

If you don't already have an account, you must speak to one of the TeamTalk server administrators to request one. When requesting an account, you must provide your full name, account username and password, and your birthday. Optionally, you can provide your email address to be put on the mailing list so you're notified about server upgrades, downtime, or other changes. Also, please keep the following guideline in mind.

In closing...

Last, but not least, relax and enjoy yourself. That's why these servers exist. If you don't enjoy being on any of the servers on the Variety Network, please, contact an administrator and let them know why. We'd like to help you if we can.