General Guidelines for Relay Usage 8/04/86

RELAY provides real-time communication between multiple users at various institutions in the BITNET, EARN, and NetNorth networks. Use of these networks for any purposes not directly related to the research, instructional, and/or administrative tasks for which your userid has been authorized by your institution may result in the termination of your ability to use the Relay.

Depending on the network-access policies of your institution and the usage policies of the network in which your institution resides, such unauthorized use of these networks may, alternatively, result in the termination of your userid or its ability to communicate over these networks for ANY purpose.

INTERNAL use, using and/or limiting the Relay conferencing system for communication either wholly within one node, or within one institution over several nodes and/or servers, is the total responsibility of that institution.

NETWORK-WIDE use, using one or more Relay servers to communicate with another Relay server(s) at another institution(s), falls under the established guidelines presented herein. Failure to adhere to these guidelines, or where general network usage guidelines may have been violated may result in the loss of your ability to use Relay; or where such actions are not administered by the local host institution may result in expulsion of that server from the authorized sitelist.

Background Information and User Responsibilities 9/02/86


Relay is a distributed message server which, by selective switching and redistribution of messages, provides real-time conferencing capabilities while minimizing the overhead on the network links. Since the potential load of uncontrolled message traffic on the network can affect transfer of files, stringent controls over Relay use are mandatory. Most control measures are enforced by Relay automatically, but some are necessarily the responsibility of the user. These include: Repeated violations of the above may result in the termination of your ability to use the Relay.

Relay User Classification System 9/09/86


Due to previously high volumes of message traffic and the popularity of the use of Relay for casual conversation, users will be classified into one of two distinct classes:
  1. Public user class. Any user may obtain public access to Relay by a standard /SIGNUP command. Public users are limited to the public channels 0-999 and are additionally subject to channel limits, peak period shutdowns, and limited hours of operation. In general, the prime time period (8:00 AM - 6:00 PM local time of the host) will be closed to the public.
  2. General user class. A user may, in certain circumstances, be given the general user class for full access to Relay. General users are restricted to only academic conferencing activities. Abuse of the general class will result in the loss of general user priviledge. General user class is usually restricted to faculty/staff/grads.

General user class can only be granted by the host Relay contact or his designate. Users from other institutions must submit adequate evidence of authorization to request general classification, usually by a request from the listed administrator or contact from the user's institution. The host Relay contact (or designate) may require additional information or place further constraints on such services.

Corrective Actions -- Relay Operator Responsibilities 8/21/86

The day-to-day maintenance and operation of a Relay server is carried out by the "Relay Operator", an individual or group of individuals who are responsible to the institution's network administrative authority. The Relay Operator is also responsible for implementing corrective action to temporarily or permanently terminate a user's access to the Relay in cases of violation of the guidelines described in other sections of this document.

Actions that can be taken by any Relay Operator against offending users of any and all Relay servers:

Actions that can be taken only by the Relay Operator of the offending user's Relay server: Any corrective action taken by a Relay Operator against an offending user of another institution's Relay server, other than single instances of an abusive user being forced as a warning, should be documented by sending mail to that server's Relay Operator outlining the reason for the action.