When you connect to the GeekShed Network, you agree to the following rules. If you break any of the following rules, you may find yourself banned from the GeekShed network and all our other services. If you do not agree, simply disconnect from the network and do not reconnect.

Open proxies are not allowed on the GeekShed network. When you connect to GeekShed IRC, your connection will be port scanned for open—and potentially insecure—proxies. This is not an attack on your computer and will only happen when you connect.


Geek Shed prohibits the following on its network:

  1. Hate Speech
    1. You may not use any language defined as Hate Speech, which includes – but is not limited to – text or actions that are any of the following:
      1. Demeaning in any manner.
      2. Harmful.
      3. An attack on religion, race, or sexual orientation.
  2. Harassment
    1. You may not use any text or action that harasses another user, which includes text or actions that are intended to annoy, offend, or intimidate.
    2. Do not send messages to all channels (/AMSG’s or /AME’s) that are intended to annoy or intimidate another user (or other users).
  3. Creating a Hostile Environment for Minors
    1. You may not attempt to exchange a Private Message with a minor. A minor is defined as a child under the age of 18.
    2. You may not share personal information with a minor.
    3. You may not share sexually explicit material with a minor.
  4. Evade A Ban
    1. If you are banned from a channel or the GeekShed network, do not attempt to reconnect, not even to see if you are still banned. If you are banned and reconnect, your action is considered ban evasion. See Ban Appeals for more information.
    2. If you repeatedly evade a ban (or bans), you will be permanently banned from the GeekShed network and your Internet Service Provider will be contacted.
    3. You may not, by any means, assist or facilitate banned users in interacting with users through the GeekShed IRC network. This includes, but is not limited to, providing proxies or relay bots for the use of banned users.
  5. Spamming
    1. Spamming is strictly prohibited on GeekShed. Spamming includes, but is not limited to, the advertising or promotion of free, pay, personal, commercial, corporate, non-profit, or private web sites, products, programs, other chat programs and/or services, other IRC channels, and/or other IRC networks.
  6. Illegal Activities of any Kind
    1. The rules of the offline world do apply to the online world, and all illegal activities are prohibited on the GeekShed network.
    2. Illegal behavior includes, but is not limited to, the following:
      1. File sharing of copyrighted or protected content.
      2. Distribution of child porn.
      3. Hacking or Cracking.
      4. Attempting to Exploit another user or computer.
      5. Credit Card fraud or trading.
      6. Bot Net or spam bot control channels.
  7. Non-Friendly Bots
    1. We welcome friendly bots on the GeekShed network, providing they do NOT do the following:
      1. Enter a channel without the permission of the channel owner.
      2. Flood the network or channel.
      3. Log channels for 3rd parties with out the channel owner’s permission.
      4. Advertise for 3rd parties with out the channel owner’s permission.
      5. Attempt to send harmful material, such as a virus or Trojan horse.
  8. Infringement of Privacy or Copyright

    1. Copyright and privacy infringement are strictly prohibited. Details of users found infringing copyright will be passed to our legal team, without fail.
    2. Copyright and privacy infringement includes, but is not limited to distributing geekshed.net content, including but not limited to that of the website and forums, through unauthorized mediums.
    3. It is prohibited to share channel content of secret or private (channel modes +s and +p respectively) channels or those channels with ChanServ’s "Restricted Access" set over any medium without permission of the channel owner. These mediums include, but are not limited to, the web, other IRC networks and IM networks. Channel owners can reserve all rights to redefine the scope of this rule on a per channel basis.
    4. It is prohibited to run a service which allows two way real time communication between GeekShed users and users who are not directly connected to GeekShed. This includes but is not limited to bots that relay content between IRC networks.

Always follow the directions of GeekShed staff. The network staff has final determination on all matters relating to the network. If a GeekShed staff member asks you to do something and you refuse, your action does constitute a breach of these rules.

GeekShed is not responsible for the content you may transmit or receive. Due to the real time nature of IRC, we cannot monitor or police the exchange of data. To protect yourself, we highly recommend that you run a current antivirus program and never click on links from people you do not know.

We will cooperate with any law enforcement agency’s request for information when it is sent to us through proper legal channels.

Questions? If you have a question regarding the terms of service, please stop in #help and ask one of the staff members for assistance, or post your question on the GeekShed Help! forum.