Last updated: 22 March 1997

Rules for Dragonfire accounts

These rules are broken down into two major subsets. One set is the kind you might expect to find at any service provider, listing in so-called "legalese" the responsibilities of all account owners. However, the second set, which is actually given first, is just as important: rather than precise definitions of requirements and restrictions on use, they are a set of guidelines, which you are expected to interpret with common sense rather than take letter-for-letter. They should not be difficult to follow, but if you do violate the rules, expect a warning at the least; for more serious, or repeat, violations, your account will be terminated. If these rules seem overly strict to some, that cannot be avoided; they are necessary in order to maintain Dragonfire's good reputation and keep it available as a resource for everyone.

(For those who care: The exact interpretation of these rules is at the discretion of the Dragonfire administration, and may vary over time or from case to case. Previous cases will be considered in this interpretation, but shall in no way define these rules more strictly than set out below.)

Content of published material:

Note that the preceding points can be summarized as: "Material which is illegal or whose only or primary use is for illegal activity is in no way permitted on Dragonfire." This is the key point we look at when determining whether accounts are in violation of these rules.


There are no hard-and-fast disk space quotas as with other Internet service providers; you'll never see a "Disk quota exceeded" error here. But that doesn't mean you can use all the space you want. We realize that some people have more information to provide than others, but at the same time, disk space is neither infinite nor free, and no one user should use up so much space as to prevent others from having any at all. Therefore, all accounts are by default limited to 25 megabytes of disk usage. This is a soft limit, meaning that you can exceed it for short periods of time without penalty. If you need additional disk space, we will provide it for a one-time fee of US$5 per 5 megabytes. Note that disk usage will be checked; consistently exceeding 25 megabytes or whatever other quota may be in effect will have consequences, up to and including loss of your account.


The short version: It's yours. The long version: All material on your account is your responsibility, no matter who put it there. If you give someone else your password and (s)he breaks these rules, you're the one that gets in trouble. If someone else steals or guesses your password, it's still your responsibility -- though we may take a more lenient view depending on the circumstances. This also applies to CGI scripts for Web sites which allow anyone to post text to an HTML page, as well. And if Dragonfire gets in trouble because of material on your account -- guess what? That's your responsibility, too.

Dragonfire's User Support:

Dragonfire's user support department (E-mail: is available to answer questions about your account. However, there is also a FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions list) and an introductory guide to FTP. Dragonfire users are expected to read these documents before contacting Dragonfire user support; Dragonfire reserves the right to ignore any questions which are answered in the FAQ or FTP guide. So save everyone time and read them.


If your account has World Wide Web access and you use CGI scripts or programs, the source code for those programs must be available to us for inspection at any time. See the relevant question in the FAQ for an explanation. Failure to keep current source available may result in anything from removal of the script to termination of your account, depending on circumstances.

The "Good Citizen" Clause:

All Dragonfire users are expected not to engage in inappropriate or illegal behavior, including (but not limited to) E-mail bombs, repeated harassing E-mail messages in which the clear and only intent is harrassment, and breaking into other systems. If the Dragonfire administration receives what it considers reasonable evidence of any such actions, whether or not such actions involved use of Dragonfire, the offending user's account will be terminated. Note that we will make no attempts to specifically seek out these actions; however, should we hear of them, they will be dealt with. The purpose of this rule, as unusual as it may seem, is to serve as a reminder that these actions are not acceptable in any context.

Legal addenda

By signing up for (that is, by requesting and paying for) an account with Dragonfire Internet Services ("Dragonfire"), you agree to the following:

Also read the rules regarding payment.

Revision history:

22 March 1997
Removed restriction on commercial content.
Revised section on disk usage.
Removed restriction on multiple accounts.
Added rules regarding payments.
Changed "due notice" for rule changes from 7 days to 30 days.
Revised requirement of a valid E-mail address for each account.

16 March 1997
Added explicit notice that Dragonfire is allowed to delete accounts for any reason.

3 March 1997
Minor changes to the wording of the "Responsibility" section.
Reworded introductory paragraphs.

1 March 1997
Added notice of Dragonfire's position on general pornography.

28 February 1997
Added requirement that users agree to receive all E-mail from Dragonfire, and not complain about receiving such E-mail.

8 December 1996
Added text noting that empty accounts with invalid E-mail addresses will be considered abandoned.

18 November 1996
Revised "Responsibility" section to add that responsibility for an account belongs to the owner of the account even if the password is stolen or guessed by someone else.

13 November 1996
Added specific prohibition on software cracking utilities, and clarified that the general wording of "material which is illegal, or material whose [...] use is for illegal activity" is the key point on which potential contant violations are judged.

11 November 1996
Reworded obscenity rule to add that links from Dragonfire pages to obscene material are not permitted.

6 November 1996
Rewrote section about Dragonfire's right to delete material to be more concise and to explicitly include disk quota violation as a reason for deletion.
Clarified reason for one-account-per-user limit.
Made minor cosmetic changes throughout the text.

26 October 1996
Clarified Dragonfire's right to delete material which violates the rules whether or not the entire account is terminated.

24 October 1996
Clarified that shareware (and freeware, etc.) are not considered "commercial."

15 October 1996
Revised and clarified requirement about maintaining valid contact information.

8 October 1996
Added reminder about FAQ and FTP guide, and noted that Dragonfire may choose to not answer questions which either of those documents answers.

18 September 1996
Clarified restrictions on content.

13 September 1996
Clarified definition of "obscene."

11 September 1996
Reinforced software piracy paragraph, and included a link to the Software Publishers Agency's anti-piracy pages.

8 August 1996
Added reminder that account data will be deleted upon termination of an account.

16 July 1996
Added paragraph to "Quantity" section disallowing multiple accounts.

5 July 1996
Updated required contact information in "Legal addenda" section.

3 July 1996
Clarified rules regarding obscenity.

Andy Church