LizardIRC Network Rules

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Due to the circumstances surrounding the global COVID-19 pandemic, we would like to remind our users that, per the network rules, we believe that free speech does not shield you from criticism or consequences that come to you as a result of your speech. LizardIRC staff at all times—before, during, and after this pandemic—reserve the right to sanction and/or remove users from the network who use the network to spread harmful speech, including the deliberate spreading of harmful disinformation. Thoughtful, civil, responsible discussion of disinformation as such is explicitly allowed, though at this time we require users wishing to discuss COVID-19 disinformation, conspiracy theories, etc. use #the-quorum instead of #lizardirc.

For more information about what we expect from all of our users during this time, please visit our COVID-19 information page.

If you're seeking more information about COVID-19, please use reputable, trusted sources such as the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Health Canada, the World Health Organization, and your own local and national government resources. Wikipedia also contains useful information and may be a starting point for your own independent research.

These are the LizardIRC network rules and policies. All users are expected to abide by them. It's simple stuff.


General Rules[edit | edit source]

  1. Use common sense.
  2. Don't be an asshole.
  3. Don't abuse the network. No spam, flooding, spreading of malicious software, etc.
  4. No racism, sexism, discrimination based on religion, sexual orientation, favorite text editor, or the like.
  5. Use common sense and don't be an asshole.
  6. See 1, 2, and 5. We really mean it.
  7. Do not use the network to deliberately spread harmful disinformation. Thoughtful, civil, responsible discussion of disinformation as such is allowed.
  8. No FSERVEs, warez, software piracy, illegal music distribution, and so forth.
  9. Do not ask if you can become network staff or have oper privileges (yes, this is a network rule). See here.
  10. All users are expected to abide by the laws of the United States of America as well as their own local laws. When a conflict exists, United States laws take precedence.
  11. A valid, permanent email address must be provided and verified when registering with NickServ. Addresses from sites offering "disposable" email addresses or addresses that are otherwise intended to be thrown away are prohibited for security reasons. We expect that emails received at the address you provide will not be publicly accessible, and that you will be able to continue receiving emails indefinitely. If you have to ask if a provider is allowed, it's probably not.
    • We will not send you spam, and you may control the visibility of your email address as well as what emails you receive (e.g., memo notifications) in your NickServ account settings.
  12. All rules are subject to interpretation by the network staff.



Your use of LizardIRC constitutes acknowledgement of these rules and your agreement to them. Violation of these rules may result in your access to LizardIRC being terminated.

Channel rules for #lizardirc[edit | edit source]

#lizardirc is the official general chat and lobby channel for the network. In addition to the global network rules, the following rules and information apply in #lizardirc:

  1. Yes, this is a Battlestar Galactica reference.

vHosts/Cloaks[edit | edit source]

A vHost, or cloak, is a piece of text that is shown in your /whois information to other users instead of your IP address, effectively hiding your IP.

You can - after registering your nickname - get a "standard" cloak by doing /msg HostServ TAKE lizardirc/user/$account

(For help registering your nickname, do /msg NickServ HELP REGISTER)

You can also request a custom vHost. Here are the guidelines on vHosts you can request:

  1. Standard vHosts are of the freenode-style, for example, project/username, project/position/username, project/otherproject.position.username, etc. "project" can be any website you affiliate with, for example Wikipedia, reddit, GitHub, even your own!
  2. Hostnames (e.g.,,, etc.) may be requested as vHosts as long as:
    1. The hostname is a valid and registered domain name with one or more valid A, AAAA, or CNAME records.
      • Note that "valid CNAME record" is defined as a CNAME record (or chain of CNAME records) that points to a domain name with one or more A or AAAA records.
    2. You own or control the hostname/domain in question.
    3. There is some extenuating circumstance that prevents you from simply connecting to LizardIRC from an IP address with a reverse DNS pointer to the hostname you want set as your vHost.
    • Network staff will contact you to verify your request in this case. Note also that, to prevent spoofing and to make it clear that you have a vHost, the domain name will have a "." added to the end (e.g., "").
  3. vHosts that are IP addresses are not allowed.
  4. vHosts in other formats, styles, or representations are not allowed.

Note that vHosts cannot contain non-ASCII characters, due to technical restrictions in InspIRCd.

For help requesting a vHost, do /msg HostServ HELP REQUEST. You will be notified with the results of your request by a MemoServ memo when you IDENTIFY to NickServ.

Cloaking Procedure[edit | edit source]

Note that the below applies to "standard" type cloaks (e.g., project/username, project/position/username, or project/otherproject.position.username). Hostname-type cloaks are handled differently - see item 2 in the above section.

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