• About DOVE-Net

    From mlong to All on Fri Oct 23 10:27:41 2020
    Q. What is DOVE-Net?

    DOVE-Net is a message network connecting numerous BBSes and the users on
    those BBSes together through QWK and Fido networking technologies. DOVE-Net consists of primarily Synchronet {tm} BBSes. This is due to the fact that
    the co-founders of DOVE-Net are also the developers of Synchronet BBS
    software. DOVE-Net is not limited to one specific BBS package and welcomes
    any QWK or Fido network compatible BBS to join as long as their software of choice does not interfere with the operation of the network in any way.

    Q. Why the name DOVE-Net?

    Two BBSes began DOVE-Net back in 1989. These BBSes were Vertrauen (Home of Synchronet BBS Software) and The Beast's Domain (Home of Domain
    Entertainment BBS Add-ons). The word DOVE came from DOmain VErtrauen,
    much like the word MODEM came from MOdulator DEModulator. It has nothing
    to do with that species of bird or the symbolism of peace, but we have
    nothing against those things either. It was a small network that needed
    a small name.

    Q. What is the focus of DOVE-Net?

    Connecting BBS sysops and users without a lot of politics and red tape. DOVE-Net requires no "application processing time" or "node numbers" to
    be assigned. While the capabilities of DOVE-Net rival those of more
    technically complex networks, it has none of the setup complexities as reflected by the fact that many of the systems on DOVE-Net are managed by first-time sysops. DOVE-Net allows (or rather encourages) the use of color codes in messages (preferably using the Synchronet Ctrl-A standard, but Wildcat, PCBoard, Celerity, Renegade, and WWIV color codes are also
    supported in Synchronet BBS software and may also be used). DOVE-Net allows
    the use of aliases, ANSI encoded messages (when necessary for animation)
    and use of high-ASCII characters. There are no strict "hubbing" rules;
    pretty much anyone that's willing to feed anyone else is encouraged to do
    so. DOVE-Net is moderated only by the founders of the network so there
    aren't different rules for different message areas that users need to
    remember. Private messages are allowed, but when possible, routed NetMail
    is preferred. DOVE-Net has very few rules, and the few that do exist are
    often bent.

    * Rules *

    DOVE-Net has mostly been a self-moderated network. This means that the sysops of DOVE-Net have decided when a specific message, user, or thread is deemed inappropriate. However, today, most of the users of DOVE-Net are also the
    sysops of DOVE-Net. And when there are too many "kings", you can have chaos. The ultimate "king" of DOVE-Net is me, Digital Man (Rob Swindell). I don't claim this title because I want to, but rather because I have to: someone has to be "king" or NC (Network Coordinator), or whatever-you-want-to-call-it.

    If a sysop has a complaint or suggestion about DOVE-Net, they usually e-mail
    me or post on the "DOVE-Net Sysops Only" conference. The "DOVE-Net Sysops
    Only" conference is the preferred venue for internal DOVE-Net discussion
    (and test messages). However, this conference is not guaranteed to be limited to "DOVE-Net Sysops Only" (some sysops do slip up and allow access to normal users). So for the most sensitive matters, it is recommended that sysops send
    me e-mail.

    DOVE-Net has survived and even at times thrived for over a dozen years
    without a specific set of "rules", but recent user activies have convinced me that I need to "lay down the law". So here we go:

    The following actions are not allowed:

    1. Excessive personal attacks
    2. Excessive use of profanity
    3. Excessive off-topic messages
    4. Excessive advertisements
    5. Excessive use of capital letters
    6. Excessive use of non-English text
    7. Encoded, encrypted, or otherwise indecipherable messages
    8. Fraudulent messages
    9. Impersonating someone you are not

    How do you know if an action constitutes "excessive" behavior or not? Compare your actions to those of other long-time DOVE-Net sysops and users. If your messages seem "out of place" it's probably because they are.

    A violation of these rules may result in a warning, a reprimand, or in the worst cases, temporary or permanent expulsion from DOVE-Net. Or there may be
    no consequences at all. There may be no warning at all. I give no guarantee
    of consistent, fair, or impartial enforcement of these rules. But generally speaking, if you use common sense and don't abuse the network or the sysops
    or users in the network, you'll do just fine. I certainly gain no pleasure
    from enforcing rules and would rather everyone "just get along" and the net continue to self-rule as it has since King Drafus and I created it so many
    years ago.

    DOVE-Net is not a democracy. You are not guaranteed "free speech" or
    "equal opportunity". DOVE-Net access is a privilege, not a right.