These rules apply to the Telegram Real Freedom chat as well as the Discord Real Freedom server (including all of its channels). Many rules are identical or very similar to IRC rules but there are a few differences, mostly due to the differences between IRC, Telegram, and Discord.
1. Do not spam.
Nobody likes a spammer. Spamming is defined as sending unsolicited messages, especially for advertising purposes. We are not against all advertisement. In fact, it is welcome in this chat, but please do not join ONLY to advertise. Things like mentioning your telegram group/website/IRC channel/etc in normal conversation is fine, but joining only to do that is very annoying and will likely get you banned.
2. Do not flood.
This rule should come as no surprise to most chat-goers because it is a very common one. In this case, flooding is defined as sending many messages (or the same message repeatedly) in quick succession. This can cause issues for those with slower devices/connections and it is just all-around annoying and disruptive to any conversations happening. Users who are found to be flooding will be promptly removed from the chat or possibly automatically muted or banned.
3. Do not post links to illegal content or participate in illegal activities in the chat.
Though this may be seen as slight censorship, linking to illegal content is forbidden in the chat for obvious reasons. Please account for laws in your country as well as the United States. What is and isn’t allowed is at the discretion of the administrators (content is variably problematic, i.e. spreading malicious software or linking child pornography may be considered a more severe violation of this rule than linking to a clean site with pirated content though both are strongly discouraged). In some extreme cases, illegal activity may be reported to the appropriate authorities.
4. Don’t join to cause drama.
Don’t join here with the clear and sole purpose of causing drama. Indicators of having joined to cause drama include bringing up controversies or outside drama immediately upon entering, routinely harassing a particular user, participating only in arguments, or frequent, one sided, inflammatory rambling. What is and isn’t considered causing drama is at the discretion of the administrators.
5. Don’t ask for administrator power or be a backseat moderator.
While this chat is mostly unmoderated, we do have administrators in order to keep things from getting out of hand in certain situations. If you believe you can be a good administrator, try to get on the good side of another administrator in the channel. Don’t flat out ask for administrator power, because that will only ensure that you are never considered. Basically, we’ll come to you and ask you to be an administrator, not vice-versa. Also, while formal suggestions are welcome and help make the community a better place for everyone, do not make a habit of telling administrators what to do (i.e. Hey ADMIN, ban <user>) unless you are an administrator yourself. This is very annoying because no one likes being told how to do their job.
6. (Discord only) Keep the SFW channel SFW!
There are two text channels on Discord: SFW and NSFW. The SFW channel should be kept PG-13 while all explicit content and chat should be kept in the NSFW text channel.
At Real Freedom, we love bots as much as everyone else, but they must be held to a standard, otherwise things would get chaotic very quickly. You are always free to bring your bot to the telegram chat or channel as long as the bot follows the same rules as above. Also, you may ask to have another user’s bot added to the chat or channel, but if the bot doesn’t follow the rules above, it will be removed.
Some guidelines when being in this chat:
1. Expect anything.
As this is a mostly unmoderated chat, almost anything is bound to happen. This could range from political debates to tech chat to erotic roleplay, and unpopular/offensive opinions may be shared. This is part of having a chat that is unmoderated. The voice channel on Discord is mostly unmoderated, so connect at your own risk.
2. Be yourself, but remember that there are sometimes consequences.
While you CAN say almost anything you want in this chat, it does not mean you should. If you voice an unpopular opinion, there is NO protection against retaliation from other users, though you will not be banned for holding that opinion. In short, freedom of speech simply means you won’t be banned from the chat for saying something; not that you can say anything without consequence.
3. Be careful what links you click on.
Be wary of what links you click! Some links may have disturbing contents and some may contain content that can get you into a lot of trouble or mess up your device (though those who link that kind of material may be banned afterwards).
4. If you are annoyed by a particular user, please use BLOCK.
No one is expecting you to get along with every single person in the chat, but the best thing to do if you simply cannot stand someone is just to block him/her and not talk to him/her. This can be done with the block function if the user is bothering you in private messages. There is no way at this time to block a user’s group messages on Telegram, unfortunately. If a user is bothering you in the Telegram group, it is recommended that you try to reach out to an administrator or leave. On Discord, however, blocking a user on a common server will block his/her channel messages as well as direct messages (much like most IRC clients).