SEARCHNET Rules & Policy
(Subject To Change)
SEARCHNET is intended to provide a means for all persons
to communicate with one another regarding any of the topics covered
by the conference names. SEARCHNET is not a Christian network or a
Debate network. SEARCHNET, as a network, is ruled under a BENEVOLENT
dictatorship at this time. This means that the Zone coordinator has
the last say in all policy matters. As the network grows, we will
convert to a more democratic rule, possibly electing committees.
Only one conference is REQUIRED to be carried by all nodes,
and that is SEARCH_ADMIN. This should be a SysOp only echo, and is
for all administrative activities of SEARCHNET.
Some echoes are now highly recommended:
Each conference should have a Moderator, who will post the
rules once per month. Sysops are required to assist the moderator
if asked to suspend access to an echo by one of the Sysop's users.
Suggestions for new conferences should be made in the
SEARCH_ADMIN echo, where all Sysops who are interested may voice
their opinions on the proposed conference, and reach a general
unscientific consensus. Please allow two weeks from the time of
the proposal, before expecting a final decision to be made. The
final decision shall be made by the Zone Coordinator.
All participants (users) in SearchNet Conferences must use
their real names; no Handles allowed at this time. This policy is
open for discussion by SysOps in SEARCH_ADMIN.
All SEARCHNET member nodes must display the Searchnet name
and their Searchnet address within the Origin line. For Example:
Origin: XBN BBS (114:508/0) blah, blah, blah
Nodes must poll their Hub/Host for mail at least twice a week,
unless another arrangement is agreed upon between the node and
Hub/Host pertaining to who calls.
All nodes must use their
114:net/node address on ALL mail having to do with SearchNet. This includes
Areafix requests. Your fido number is ignored. When you poll me or your host
for searchnet mail, use your SearchNet address. We do not want fido addresses
in the seen-by lines of searchnet messages. In your echomail management
program, be sure to set your SearchNet address and the SearchNet address
of the person from whom you receive SearchNet Mail. All instances of
addresses having to do with SearchNet, should have the 114:net/node number.
If you use frontdoor, then when you are about to enter a message (netmail), use
ALT-W to change YOUR address to your searchnet AKA of 114:net/node, then enter
the netmail message.
Also in frontdoor's setup, under mailer/misc, you should have:
Match remote's zone = NO!
present all AKA's = YES!
Everyone using frodo should set these two configs like this. that way you send/
get all your mail/msgs for both fido and searchnet AKA's, you save money by not
having to call twice!
HUBS / HOSTS
All SEARCHNET Hubs and Hosts must carry ALL the SEARCHNET
conferences, or make them available to their nodes as requested.
The only exception is any PRIVATE or CLOSED conferences, which are
controlled by the Zone Coordinator. No CLOSED or PRIVATE conferences
should ever be distributed without permission from the Zone Coordinator.
Hubs and Hosts may make some conferences, pass-through, if they do not
want to carry them on their own Bulletin Boards. If the Hub/Host and
all of it's nodes do not want a conference, that conference does not
have to be carried (until called for by a new or existing node).
All Hubs / Hosts must poll their Regional or the Zone coordinator
at LEAST three times a week for mail. Hubs / Hosts must distribute
the weekly nodelist each week to their nodes, or otherwise make them
available to be picked up in the next mail run. Also the entire nodelist
must be available for a new node to freq or download. Hubs / Hosts
must forward all nodelist updates to the Zone Coordinator.
At this time, 3/24/93, all applications should be forwarded to the Zone
Coordinator at 114:1/0.
This policy document subject to change.
Last revised: April 17, 1994