2. Network Administration Structure#
2.1 Domain Registrant (DR)#
The person(s) appointed as the ICANN registrant of the domain "undernet.org".
Responsible for the discretionary appointment and change of Administrative Oversight Board (AOB) members.
DR may change domain registrant at their choosing (i.e., resignation) and would normally do so in collaboration with existing AOB members.
2.2 Administrative Oversight Board (AOB)#
A group of normally 3 members responsible for the general oversight of activity from AB members to ensure adherence to the Undernet Charter (UC).
- are appointed by the DR at their discretion---trusted to act responsibly and in the best interest of the network
- can also be voting administrators, although if so they will not be entitled to vote on CFVs which propose changes to the UC
- can include the Administrative Secretary (AS), although not a requirement
AOB members are responsible for:
- vetoing any CFV that does not comply with this UC, except those which change the UC
- enforcing the Code of Conduct when deemed appropriate
The AS is responsible for maintaining the list of AOB members which shall be published to all AB members and Server Operators via https://db.undernet.org/ and in teams.md
2.3 Administrative Secretary (AS)#
An individual responsible for the issuance of Request For Discussions (RFDs) and Call For Votes (CFVs) who is entrusted to tally votes from all voting Undernet administrators and issue results to the Administrative Body (AB) and Undernet Operators.
Change of AS can only be achieved by CFV but otherwise not subject to any regular review.
In the event of the resignation of the AS, their last duty shall be the supervision of the voting for a new secretary. The resigning AS shall pass on the current membership list, access to the RFD/CFV list, and arrange for the admin-sec email alias to be transferred to the new secretary.
Any AB member may call for a vote on the removal of a secretary. In this case, the voting shall be conducted by an AOB member. Any voting AB member may move that a vote be audited by the AOB; if this motion is seconded, the AOB will audit the vote results.
The AS may also be a voting member should they also be a Server Administrator or voting Honorary Admin.
2.4 Honorary Administrators (HAs)#
Longstanding contributors to Undernet who have been recognized and appointed by other voting administrators (honorary/network) to provide continued leadership contribution even after they may no longer provide services, lead committees, or even chat frequently on IRC itself. Only those individuals with a minimum of 10 years of contribution as an AB member can be made Honorary Administrators. When this requirement is met they can be motioned to be added or removed via simple majority CFV.
These CFVs will nominate whether the motion is to make the member a voting or non-voting HA. Rescinding the voting rights of an HA or changing an existing non-voting HA to one with vote privileges, requires a new simple majority CFV.
An honorary admin can take a leave of absence of up to 10-months by notifying the AS, whereby their voting status will be suspended. They may only take 10-months of leave over a 30-month period. The AS will notify the Undernet Admins mailing list to inform the AB of such absences and returns.
The AS is responsible for maintaining the list of current HAs, including identification of voting HAs, which shall be published to all AB members and Server Operators via https://db.undernet.org/ and in teams.md
2.5 Server Administrators (SAs)#
Server Administrators (SAs) are personnel responsible for providing and maintaining leaf and hub servers.
Each server may have a single primary admin, and a single admin-rep (i.e., secondary/co-admin) subscribed to the Undernet Admins mailing list.
A server with both an Admin and Admin-Rep is entitled to a single vote during CFVs, if both submit a CFV response only that of the primary admin will be considered.
An SA responsible for multiple servers is entitled to a single vote across all servers even if servers span multiple host sponsor networks.
SAs may only provide RFC1918 space or spoofed DNS to AB members or Server Operators (SOs) or their bots. Any person removed from their position by the AB must also have access to such hostnames or Undernet services, removed.
If an SA wishes to transfer the administration of a server to another person and this change were to generate an additional vote during CFVs, this motion must be ratified by a resulting CFV among all existing voting administrators.
SAs and any admin representative will be removed when they are no longer an admin(-rep) of any server unless they are eligible to remain through some other applicable role or are voted to remain as a non-voting or voting HA.
The AS is responsible for maintaining the list of current servers and their SAs which shall be published to all AB members and Server Operators via https://db.undernet.org/ and in teams.md
2.6 Service Maintainers (SMs)#
Service Maintainers are personnel responsible for providing and maintaining network services.
SMs are non-voting members (unless granted a vote through other roles held as defined in this document).
Current network services:
- Undernet RBL
- Undernet Website
- CService Website
- DB Website
Changes to the appointed SMs are normally motioned by the outgoing SM for a given service or by the Coder-Com maintainer(s). The objection period shall be followed with the normal CFV process if required.
The AS is responsible for maintaining the list of current SMs which shall be published to all AB members (not Server Operators) via https://db.undernet.org/ and in teams.md
2.7 Committee Coordinators (CCs)#
Committee Coordinators (CCs) are personnel responsible for providing leadership to the various committees on the network.
CCs are non-voting members (unless granted a vote through other roles held as defined in this document).
CCs are responsible for representing their committee and its members to the AB.
CCs are responsible for appointing their own replacement by making the recommendation to the AB for approval via the normal CFV process. If voting administrators wish to nominate others to the role this may be motioned during the CFV.
- Channel Service
- Oper Training-Com
The AS is responsible for maintaining the list of current CCs which shall be published to all AB members and Server Operators via https://db.undernet.org/ and in teams.md
2.8 Administrative Body (AB)#
The group of personnel collectively responsible for the successful continuation of the Undernet Network. This group comprises of all members defined within section Network Structure, summarised below:
- Domain Registrant (DR)
- Administrative Oversight Board (AOB)
- Administrative Secretary (AS)
- Honorary Administrators (HAs)
- Server Administrators (SAs)
- Service Maintainers (SMs)
- Committee Coordinators (CCs)