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The rules on the RebelNet IRC network (Part III)

Creating a new channel.
     Before you create a room of your own you have to consider a few things. What is the purpose of the channel? What will be the channel topic? What will be the name? Are there any rules I have to be aware of? The more experienced IRC users will not have much of a problem creating a channel and setting up all the modes and such. Less experienced users should first make sure they do at least know the most common channel modes to make sure they can moderate the channel and will set the right modes to the purpose of the channel. The help of other, more experienced, users can be asked but you should make sure you can trust that user and you will still need to know some common commands and modes.
The purpose of the channel.
    
There can be many reasons why a user wants to create a room. It could be a place away from busier channels to chat with a small group of friends. It could be a channel to test modes and scripting. You could have a dream of creating a busy new channel. You could want to create a channel with a specific topic. You want to create a help channel for your business or organization. Each type of purpose will need different settings and different rule sets you should consider before starting a new channel.
The channel topic.
     The topic of the channel is what users might see if they use the "/list" command to view all none hidden channels. The topic should describe in short what the channel is about and if there are specific rules that should be known before entering, like age restrictions. The topic can not contain any phrases that go against the network rules, or that call for any kind of disturbance on the network.
The Channel name.
     The name of the channel is another important decision to make. The name often summarizes what a channel is about, what language(s) is(are) used. The name of the channel can not call out for disruption of the network or be against any of the common rules.
Rules a private channel owner should be aware of.
     A private channel does not mean that the general rules of the network can be forgotten. A badly managed private room could draw the attention of the network administration which can take action at any time they see fit. Action could mean that network staff will moderate a channel for a short period of time, a channel could be locked, a channel could be dropped, all members of a channel could be banned, the channel could be taken over by the network. These are pretty severe actions that can be taken and you, as private channel owner, would have to really let things get out of hand. Opers can join any channel whether this is for just a routine check or in a response to complaints. Channel staff should cooperate with Opers and follow directions if any are given. As long as the general rules of the network are being followed, a channel can set their own rules or refine the general rules. Private channel staff can refuse access to their channel to any user, except Opers, without any given reason.

     This concludes Part III of the rules series.
 

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