The primary purpose of ONSI is to facilitate communication with the numerous computer networks commonly referred to collectively as "the Internet." It is ONSI's intention to allow its customers complete access to everything the Internet has to offer, with little or no interference from ONSI.
Unfortunately, many of the individual networks or portions of the Internet have specific guidelines for use. As the Internet expands, it is increasingly common for a Domain Server Provider, such as ONSI, to be blocked from use of another organization's systems due to violations of that system's guidelines. Because ONSI operates multi-user systems, actions of one ONSI customer can have a severe impact on another customer's ability to use the system(s). This is unfair to all ONSI users.
Because of this, ONSI has developed these Acceptable Use Policies. They are intended to inform ONSI's Customers of what ONSI considers to be acceptable conduct in relation to the Internet, and to inform Customers of what actions ONSI may take, with or without notice, in the event that ONSI becomes aware of inappropriate use of ONSI's service. This AUP will be used to help ONSI system administrators deal with complaints from users of this or other Internet-connected systems, and to determine when and what action should be taken. It is expected that all ONSI Customers will follow the policies set forth herein. These policies are drawn from applicable law and generally accepted standards of Internet conduct, and are intended to ensure protection of ONSI's technical resources, ability to continue to provide high quality service to its customers, and the protection of ONSI's reputation as a service provider.
3. Personal Files
(a) Posting a single article or substantially similar articles to an excessive number of newsgroups (i.e., more than 20) or continued posting of articles which are off -topic according to the newsgroup charter, or which provoke complaints from the regular readers of the newsgroup for being inappropriate).
(b) Sending unsolicited mass E-Mailings (i.e., to more than 25 users) which provoke complaints from the recipients.
(c) Engaging in either (a) or (b) from a provider other than ONSI and using an account on ONSI as a mail drop for responses, or to draw attention to a web site housed within ONSI''s networks.
(d) Continued harassment of other individuals on the Internet after being asked to stop by those individuals and/or by ONSI.
(e) Mail bombing, i.e., sending large volumes of unsolicited E-Mail to individuals or to individual business accounts.
(f) Impersonating another user or otherwise falsifying one's user name in E-Mail, Usenet postings, on Internet Relay Chat (IRC), or with any other Internet service. (This does not preclude the use of nicknames in IRC or the use of anonymous remailer services.)
(g) Privacy violations: Attempts, whether successful or not, to gain access to any other system or users' private data without express written consent of the user.
(h) Use of IRC bots or clonebots on ONSI, whether on IRC servers controlled by ONSI or by other parties. An IRC bot is a program which runs and is connected to an IRC server 24 hours a day, and automatically performing certain actions.
(i) Network unfriendly activity: Attempts to interfere with the regular workings of ONSI's systems or network connections or which adversely affect the ability of other people or systems to use ONSI's services or the Internet, including, but not limited to:
(j) Any activity which violates the laws or statutes of the United States or the State of Texas.