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List Server Public Use Policy

Posted: Tue Nov 20, 2007 9:44 pm
by JeffM
Just to clarify for everyone, we do have a public use policy for the BZFLag list server.

The list server and other public services are private property. The owners have chosen to provide these services to the BZFlag players and server owners, free of charge. These uses however, are provided under stipulations of what we feel is a fair and reasonable usage pollicy. The general goal for usage is to be non-disruptive to the game or our community.

For players the list server provides a list of compatible internet games, public service messages, and an account verification system that can tie a player to their BZFlag discussion forum account ( also known as their 'Global Login' and their BZBB account ). All interactions with the list server are potentially logged or monitored. All information sent to the list server is kept confidential and is only used by the project staff for administration and development purposes.

Players who are disruptive or fraudulent to any of BZFlag's public services including (but not limited to) project and league services, multiple servers, or large groups of individuals may be denied access to the public list servers at any time, and at the sole discretion of the BZFlag list server administrators. Players who have been known to cheat or abuse the game on multiple public servers may also be denied access. Similarly, anyone engaging in denial-of-service attacks or are otherwise detrimentally impacting the public services may have their access blocked.

For server owners, the list server provides public listing of any number of BZFlag game server (bzfs) instances, as well as token and permission group verification for global login services. No player personal information is sent from the list server to the game servers other than the player's callsign and their global login status.

Server owners who run servers that are cheat servers ( publicly advertised or not ), use disruptive server modifications, use "bot" clients to artificially inflate their list position, or have disruptive or slanderous names or descriptions may be removed from the list and/or have access to other BZFlag public services revoked.

The project itself does not have anything to do with exactly how specific servers are run or administered unless the server affects other servers or large groups of players.

It is important to understand that theservices provided are at the project's sole discretion. The data contained in the user database, and list server system, as well as the service of hosting it is not in any way "open source" and no user has any inherent "right" to use any of the public services. We provide those services for the betterment of the community and abuse will not be tolerated.

The project reserves the right to allow or disallow access to any public or project service to any user at any time without notice.

Posted: Wed Nov 21, 2007 1:37 am
by JeffM
Please also note that the List Server wiki page has been updated to include a link to this policy, as well as info on Global Registration.