Terms of use


  1. Access rules
  2. Posting rules
  3. TOR Network
  4. Suck feeds
  5. Content related rules

 

1. Access rules

Aioe.org is a small non-profit project that sells nothing to its users and does not receive any kind of subsidy to provide the service. All expenses are paid by service administrators out of their pocket and this is their gift to service users. At the same time, the system resources are few because a more powerful system would cost more than the administrators can afford to pay. For this reason, the use of the service by clients is subject to some limits that are necessary to prevent a small number of users from consuming all available resources. In order not to annoy the users, these limits are set at such high levels that it is almost impossible to overcome them with an ordinary use of the service but nevertheless all the clients must remember that they exist. The most important rules that all users must comply with are the following:

 

 

Any IP address that exceeds these activity thresholds is banned from the server. On the website of the service are available a document about every rule that users must observe and the full list of all banned IP addresses.

 

2. Posting rules

Since aioe.org does not use any authentication mechanism, posting rules are more severe than those imposed by other servers on their users. Although this behavior is uncomfortable for users because it forces them to follow many rules when they post their messages, on the other hand it is the price to pay for sending messages without authentication. Rules are the following ones:

 

 

3. TOR Network

TOR is a system intended to enable online anonymity, composed of client software and a network of servers which can hide information about users' locations and other factors which might identify them. Use of this system makes it more difficult to trace internet traffic to the user, including visits to Web sites, online posts, instant messages, and other communication forms. Each time that an user requests to establish a connection with an internet site through TOR, the network assigns him a different IP which replaces the original client's address when the remote server is queried. On a side, this strategy makes each user anonymous because the remote site can't know which real client is using that IP address in that time. On the other side, this behaviour makes also impossible for a site which doesn't use any authentication method to ban a specific TOR user from his host because TOR clients change IP address each time that establish a connection and a server without authentication can ban IP addresses only.

Due past large abuses which were impossible to block without banning the whole network, currently TOR users can't post messages through Aioe.org but they're still allowed to read the news through this site.

 

4. Suck feeds

Public news servers have got the main disadvantage to be slower than commercial sites when a huge number of article is requested. Those who need more speed often set up a local news server and configure an external program to download the articles from a real remote news server. This way of proceeding is usually called suck feed and Aioe.org allows and encourages this behaviour. At the same time, since this process consumes a lot of system resources, all clients must respect some limits in the use of the server that are described in the access rules (see above) section of this document and in a specific page that lists all of them.

 

5. Content related rules

When each user writes their messages, he must remember that a number of behaviors are forbidden. These are common sense rules that must always be respected by everyone.