|Q: Why are there two StarLinks
A: This net was formed in Jan 97 by most of the orgininal
StarLink founders. The details are available in the slhistry
file at our website.
Q: What makes this net so special?
A: We are just adorable? No? Well, actually a few things.
- Foremost, this really IS a network FOR the users. We are only here to
provide a friendly safe cybertown for them to run around in. - We actively
support our Charter. Many nets have no porn/no
warez in their policies, but a quick look at the channel list will tell
you how serious they are about it. - We do not interfere in channel operations
as long as whatever is going on is consistent with our charter - We are
an OPEN net. We have an open mailing list that anyone is free to use and
we have net-wide meetings twice a week on #TownHall that anyone is free
to join in.
Q: What Services do you have?
ChanServ: CStar is our cserve
is our operbot.
Security: Tristar is our security service. (update
NickServ: SL-IRC does not register nicks.
MemoServ: SL-IRC does not have a memoserv
A: Here's a list of common services and information.
Q: Do you plan to have nick or
A: In our view, nick registration causes more problems
than it fixes. People abuse the service by reserving nicks they dont use,
etc. Plus it is an extensive administrative burden to manage, fix and keep
current. There are no plans to implement nick registration. We may provide
a memoserv function in the future.
Q: Does the channel bot lag?
A: In a word, no. CStar is written in perl and has been
specifically designed to be a chanserv. CStar never really delays any more
than the lag time to its actual host, generally never more than a couple
seconds unless the internet itself is hosed.
Q: How many channels do you have?
A: Type /lusers to see current channels
and user counts.
Q: What if I don't want to register
A: Thats fine. CStar, however, is only provided on registered
Q: How many channels can I have?
A: We allow one registered
channel per user. We do spot check applications but be advised that
if we are mislead, the person may lose BOTH channels as well as the opportunity
to register in the future.
Q: What if i have a channel already
on another net?
A: We don't really care how many nets you have channels
on. We don't allow you to advertise other IRC networks in topics, of course,
but if you want to run channels on other nets too, we don't mind at all,
Q: What do you consider to be
a "bot"? (update 11 Nov 01)
A: The expanded use of "always on" connections has made
the definition of "bot" somewhat fuzzy. Any connection left unattended/inactive
for an extended period will be considered a "bot" and may
need specific permission to be connected. A first or second instance (clone) of
a client connection that is active or recently used by a person is NOT a
'bot' in this sense even if it does have a set of scripted or automatic
Q: Can I run my own bot?
A: You will have to check each server's Message of the
Day to see what their policies are on bots. As a rule, you have to get
permission from the server admin to run a bot connected to that server.
Q: Do you monitor what goes on
A: No. If we receive a complaint about a user being abusive,
we will check into it, but for the most part, the channel ops and owners
handle the channel.
Q: Does CStar keep logs?
A: Yes, but only of commands directly sent to it. CStar
is 'deaf' to all in-channel traffic.
Q: OK. How can i register and
how big a deal is it?
A: Type /msg CStar register and follow the prompts. Or
get an email application from someone in #channels or use the web
site. If you register online, make sure you have the nicks and email
addresses of seven supporters handy.
Q: How long does registration
A: You should receive an email reply in a day or two.
If you don't, go to #Channels and ask about status. It usually takes one
or two days to process an application.
Q: Do you screen the type of
A: We don't permit certain channels .. more information
is available in our Charter. In short, abusive,
porn and warez (pirated software) channels aren't permitted. We do require
that all Channel names be in English and begin with a letter or number (a-z,
0-9) . This is a family net .. you shouldn't see anything on a channel
list that you couldn't see in a community newspaper.
Q: Why are there rules for channel
names or topics? (new 12 Nov 01)
A: This is to prevent ending up with an absurd and unusable channel
listing full of ### and !!!!! channels. We require channel names and topics
to be in English so that the majority of our staff and users can read them.
Q: What happens to lamers? Or
do you care?
A: Porn pushers, abusers, predators, and the like are
dealt with in the normal ways. If in channel the ops there can ban them.
If they are mass messaging or being abusive across the net, then a gline
(global k:line) - a ban from the net - may be in order. Usually for an
hour unless it continues or is particularly bad. Sometimes we follow up
on especially bad ones. We will sometimes contact the ISP and advise them
of people abusing their services (or our net).
Q: How about lame IRCops?
A: We dont tolerate abuse of authority either. IRCops
or CService reps found abusing their authority
(taking ops without permission, not respecting channel bans, etc.) will
be dealt with. This net is founded on the principle of freedom FROM abuse,
and we stand behind that.