It's been one year since Tripsit was founded and we've done some restructuring of the network. If you are seeing this memo you are considered staff by the definition of "having a flag in one of our public rooms." For a lot of you that mean's you're tripsitters and were never considered fully staff until recently. We wrote an orientation guide that will help keep everyone on the same page. Please add #teamtripsit to your auto-join list and join #tripsit.me if you'd like to keep in contact with the admin team. While you're in #teamtripsit you can say !flags and get a list of all current staff. If you don't see them in #teamtripsit then make sure they saw this memo and the orientation guide which is:http://pad.tripsit.me:9001/p/orientation
Welcome to your first step into the TripSit network!
You have been chosen for a staff position based on your good performance, your willingness for helping out and good attitude to the the people here. Here's some vital information about the network and staffing to help you perform well in your new position!
The TripSit network was founded by Techno_shaman (Teknos) on June 1st, 2012, as he was a lonely psychonaut looking to talk with other people online. It progressed into an IRC channel in Sept of '12 and changed its focus to be geared around harm reduction and providing a safe community for the world's Psychonauts. It has since grown to a website, webradio, social network, and has been featured by MAPS. We've had news articles written about us and have helped countless people in many different ways. We're currently expanding our social network and working on developing a real-life presence at festivals and concerts, and you're invited to be a part in the next step in growing our network.
Final wordsWe want all of our staff members to be role models and regular contributors, dedicated to the ideals of TripSit. We expect them to be able to devote a reasonable amount of time to TripSit in order to improve our network and help it grow. Staff members are positive, nice, respectful and professional in their dealings with members whether regular or staff; they represent the entire network! Below is a list of staff roles, their powers and specific responsibilities.
Network Wide Duties and Job Functions
Represent the TripSit community with a positive, supportive attitude at all times and be a responsible face of the TripSit network as an approachable and positive role model.
Be an active member of the community, and promote a positive environment by guiding conversation to an acceptable level of quality.
Enforce our and snoonet's rules - http://tripsit.me/ircrules
No sourcing rule.
Keep in mind: General SR talk is okay so long as they dont mention specifics or vendors. telling people to buy off SR, Amazon, or an RC vendor is OK, but giving links, names, phone numbers, or otherwise is not OK. Be vague, yet helpful.
whoami: Does this refer only to illegal drugs, or also paraphernalia? (e.g. pipes, scales, blotter paper, etc.)
this includes parahernalia, mainly pipes though. Scales should be allowed seeing as they help reduce harm as well as all other mediums concerning dosages.
Scales are usually included with pipes in vendor sites btw
I guess I was thinking more like... linking to a scale on Amazon, tbh.
Ask an admin if not sure about a rule.
Provide warning and reports when necessary
Report good events as well as bad!
~report will send a notice to everyone voiced in the channel you reported to.
For example: "~report #drugs Teknos debouchery" will report Teknos to everyone with the +v flag in #drugs for the reason of debouchery.
If you were to report somone in #drugsVIP it would send a report to everyone in that chanel.
Be aware of the !votekick and !voteban commands.
They can be good warnings for people who are borderline breaking rules.
Professionally communicate with your branch leader about changes to the network via memos, email, nexus forum, or carrier pidgeon
Recognize misinformation and request citations when needed. Warn or kick obvious misinfo trolls. Remember: No info > bad info.
Move conversations to appropriate channels: IE: #psychonaut for spiritual talk and the Nexus blogs for trip reports.
Try to get involved with the various other TripSit projects, you can show up to our weekly meetings to find out more about these
Also see our meeting minutes/agena at http://pad.tripsit.me:9001/p/notes if you miss the meeting
Contribute Contribute Contribute! We want you on the team! We want your input!
Points of contact:
If you feel somebody needs to be kicked or banned, or is a cause of concern for the network then you can use the ~report command or contact an administrator or moderator directly.
Contact a moderator
ProButcher, US based
Darktwist, US based
Borax, UK based
Admins may also be available
reality and bod are on on EU time
Teknos and trainwreck are on US time
If no one is available to help, and you need immediate attention find a snoonet staff member in #tripsit.me or #help. (Rdv, sleazy_martinez, elderthedog).
Summing up the responsibilities of a Power User would be the word "guidance." They represent our network and make sure that things are going smoothly. They don't have the responsiblity of kick/baning people and their primary goal is to be helpful and positive. Here is a list of responsibilities and expected behavior:
Multitask by moderating entire TripSit network and channels
Make heavy use of the ~report command for notification of our team
PowerUsers cannot kick or ban, so please warn the offender, ~report them and if an admin is not online initiate a !voteban.
Promote our other channels
Get people to register and cloak
This channel is much slower than #drugs
For spiritual talk
Advanced/technical drug talk
For radio assistance, music discussion
Be an active trip sitter in the #tripsit channel, answering the !tripsit notification when you're around to help people out
Be a responsible person, don't troll, be friendly yet serious, try to limit sarcasm
Provide the utmost postive environment possible.
Harm reduction, positivitiy, helpfulness
No info is always better than wrong info. Never be afraid to defer a question to another member of the team, or even to use the '!tripsit' command yourself to let people know you need help in helping somebody out.
Teknos is main point of contact for #tripsit, US based.
Reality is the alternative contact, UK based.
Moderators have leadership skills and can enforce rules while maintaining a positive and compassionate attitude.
Moderators assume all the roles and responsibilities of being a power user, but with additional powers and expectations as detailed below.
!op to ~nban people
Please !deop following your administrative action (and make sure you are making the right decision! Consult an admin and the rules if you aren't sure)
Required to further the advancement of a branch.
ProButcher, Darktwist, trees, toasterlizard, and borax are moderators.
Current Admins: Bod, teknos, reality, trainwreck
Oversee entire TripSit Network and make sure the network doesnt burn down
Help answer questions from branch leaders
Follow through on reports, log bans/warnings
Work on and delegate numerous projects relating to Nexus, Merch, Wiki, IRC, and other content
Work on IRL applications to our TripSit network
Merch, marketing, improving network
TripSit IRC Terms of Service
By connecting and remaining connected to this server you agree to the following Terms of Serivce:
You indemnify tripsit.me, it's owner and it's staff, from all liability of your use on this site.
You acknowlege IRC is a free, real-time, unmoderated media.
You agree to hold responsible yourself, and no other for the consequences of your actions while here.
You agree that by remaining connected to this server, you have accepted these Terms of Service
If you do not agree to these terms, you must disconnect now.
All Snoonet network rules are in effect. For a full list of rules please visit http://www.snoonet.org/user-rules
A user's I.P. address is obfuscated by default upon connection to Snoonet network, but a hostmask cloak may be requested to spoof the entire hostmask, this is a measure of greater security and makes channel operations much easier. To receive a cloak, join #help and type ” ~cloakme “.
The only "custom" cloak allowed is for an extension of your bot. "@user/NICK/bot/BOTNICK" Having a bot in the channel, however, is completely up to the channel owners. Seehttp://www.snoonet.org/user-rules for more information
Nicknames may not contain any racial slurs or bigotry in the nickname. In case of nickname containing a slur - it will be removed, and multiple offenses may result in bans.
Nicknames may not contain any special signs such as: !@#$%&*()=+/;:'“~
The only exclusion is an underscore '_' and the vertical bar ' | ' character used to denote extra information.
Nicknames must not impersonate a reddit user.
General Tripsit Rules
By connecting to any chat channel within the TripSit network (#drugs, #tripsit, #psychonaut, #drugsVIP, #tripradio, #psychpharm, #tripsit.me, etc) you agree you will:
Use common sense and don’t do questionable things.
If you have any doubt over whether your topic, question, advice, or comment is acceptable, feel free to speak to any operator or staff member on the IRC channel or join #tripsit.me to grab the attention of everyone available. We are happy to give you a solid judgement on whether your topic is acceptable in private without judgement or consequence.
Keep discussions in the appropriate channel.
The #drugs channel is moderated by the TripSit staff and is our most frequently used channel. It is used for general drug discussion. This includes dosage, effects, routes of administration, and just general chat.
Use #tripsit for calmer chat and for counseling.
We have #psychonaut for spirituality topics and #psychopharm for chemistry topics.
Finally, #tripsit.me if you wish to discuss specific question or issues with moderators and administrators; this channel is devoted to discussing meta TripSit topics such as banning and rules inquriries.
Impersonating an officer of the law, such as having a nickname that implies you are a LEO, will first result in a warning. If the nick is not changed the user will be kicked. Repeated attempts to join with the same name will result in a temporary or permanent ban.
Absolutely no sourcing
Sourcings is defined as "discussion of where to specifically purchase or otherwise acquire substances of any kind; this includes links to legalsubstance vendors."
This does include websites such as Amazon. Caffeine, Nootropics, and nitrous are all examples of legal substances that are still not allowed to be sourced
Explaining that you can acquire psychedelics at music festivalsis is common knowledge and allowed, while discussing a specific website or vendor is strictly forbidden.
Do not ask for money, BTC, or users to send you drugs. Keep in mind sarcasm is hard to tell on the internet.
Any discussion regarding vendors, prices, specifics about products or transaction details is stritcly prohibited and treated the same as sourcing (Insta-kick as a first and only warning, Ban on repeat offense)
We are a network devoted to harm reduction and positivity.
Keep It Positive People (KIPP).
No rude, mean, or judgmental language or discussion.
This includes racial slurs, homophobia, and all other prejudice against any person or group of people.
Do not insult other users; take heated arguments to private chat.
Posting personal information about channel members, or doxing, is grounds for a permanent network ban. Trying to collect personal info of users is dealt with in the same manner.
Network Policies and Procedures.
Please read and become familiar with the following procedures
This channel is for people currently under the influence of drugs and those there to sit them.
This channel should always be ready to help fellow members.
Please take any drug discussion, arguments or otherwise distracting chatter to #drugs instead.
Only light-hearted and positive conversation here: We all know how easily a trip can turn bad just by a simple thought.
Anyone caught being facetious will be warned and then banned if need be.
Rules are STRICTLY enforced in this channel.
Harm Reduction Policy
Occasionally we have users join our community expecting that, due to the subject matter of the community, we will support them in their dangerous behavior, use, and/or attitudes towards drug use.
This is not our purpose; the TripSit community is devoted to harm reduction, support, and positvitiy, and we will never recommend or tolerate dangerous or reckless drug use.
Users identified as continually engaging in reckless drug-use behavior are seen as a bad influence on the community as a whole, actively working against our mission statement to be a a harm-reduction community devoted to positive support.
It is against the rules to endorse or encourage dangerous behavior regarding drug consumption, just as it is completely unacceptable to expect our community to endorse or encourage your dangerous behavior.
It is, in fact, seen as the responsibility of the community's members to actively discourage dangerous behavior.
All users who choose to do so are expected to discourage drug dosages, drug combinations, and/or any drug experimentation which could be reliably considered unsafe.
Note that if a situation is identified as life-threatening, or one in which the community's users believe immediate medical attention is required, we will always attempt to contact local medical personel to help you.
As such, these behaviors are considered against the rules and violators may be subjected to temporary or permanent bans (situation depending).
Please accept and consider the advice given to you seriously and note that ignorance of advice pertaining to potentially life threatening situations will not be tolerated by our community.
Protocol for youngins
Do not give out advice about anything you are not 100% positive about. If you have no knowledge of the drug, do some research online before providing any advice.
Figure out why they want to take X substance
If they are using drugs as a coping mechanism
Encourage alternate forms of dealing with their problem. More often than not people take drugs because it satisfies something that they are not getting elsewhere.
If the reason they are using drugs is out of curiosity or purely recreational
Proceed to step 2
Inform them, without exaggerating, the potential physiological, psychological and sociological risks, and make sure they comprehend them.
Exacerbation of latent mental disorders, or presentation of acute symptoms such as paranoia etc.
Interactions with current medications or health problems.
Legal consequences if they get caught or do something stupid that puts others at harm. Basically, how their use could potentially affect others
Attempt to dissuade them by using the informati provided in step 2
Suggest a milder alternative to their intended route.
IE: Half a tab instead of a full one;mushrooms instead of DMT; Adderall instead of meth.
If they are still determined to do it then proceed to step 4.
Provide advice that is as accurate as possible that could help mitigate any of the dangers in step 2
Communicate that you do not condone the action but will provide information to best reduce harm.
Make sure that they are ready to accept all consequences for their actions such as imprisonment or death
Why give advice instead of telling them to come back when they’re older
We do NOT condone the use of drugs before the age of 16, preferably 18 (state and international laws vary).
As soon as a minor is already dead-set on doing drugs, you should switch to education mode, not continue to prohibit the use.
Repeatedly saying not to do it is neither helpful to them, nor effective at reducing harm.
Prohibiting action is the best way to encourage said action, especially in children.
While it still may be harmful, TripSit staff can provide advice on how to reduce the dangers and risk of drug use and promote harm reduction - the closest you could get to "Harm Reduction Through Education"
Medical Advice Policy
Please avoid spreading misinformation about drug use.
Misinformation is harmful to our community.
No information is always better than wrong information.
It is still better to inform the person there may be no current information rather than staying silent and having them wonder if anyone noticed it.
In most instances, people on the internet are not qualified to provide medical advice.
Members of the TripSit community are extremely knowledgeable, wise, and often have ample life experience in a range of situations pertaining to drug use, however they are no substitute for a personal doctor.
If you are not 100% positive about the advice you are thinking about giving, don't say it.
If you don't have sources to validate your advice, do not say anything related to medical advice.
Guidelines Regarding Suicide Threats
While TripSitters will try their best to help member cope with down feelings of depression or worse, we cannot tolerate threats of suicide.
Suicide, depression and mental illness are not the focus of our network and our staff are not adequately trained to deal with suidical situations, nor is it fair to our network's member's to have the onus of guilt placed upon them for potential outcomes of such situations.
If a member is experiencing suicidal thoughts or tendencies, we kindly ask them to consider either professional theraputic assistance, calling the Suicide Hotline, 911, or directing themselves to a community better equipped to deal with their kind of situation.
We endorse Reddit's SuicideWatch community.
Suicide prevention hotlines:
USA: 1-800-273-8255 : National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Poison control hotlines:
USA: 888 888 8822:
In a situation in which we fear for a users life, we will remind them of the guidelines stated above and do everything in our power to assist the member find qualified help.
In a dangerous overdose situation in which we believe immediate medical attention is required, we will always attempt to contact local medical personel.
These behaviors disrupt the primary objectives of our community.
Therefore, suicide threats and attempts are considered against the rules, and while we will try our best to help in the immediate timescale, such threats and attempts may result in either a temporary or permanent ban from the community (under discretion from the administrators).
While we are very accepting of members who may have mental illnesses and/or disorders, we do not condone or encourage the use or abuse of drugs that could interact, worsen, or otherwise negatively affect your health.
The TripSit community will not serve as enabler for the destruction of your own mental or physical health.
Please seek medical assistance if you have a question regarding mental illnesses or disorders and their interactions with drugs.
We are not qualified to provide professional medical advice on drug interactions with mental ilnesses.
We are here to help!
If you want to discuss the topic, feel free to bring it up in our IRC channels or pm the TripSit team.
We are happy to discuss any topic at length with you, warn you of any potential drug interactions as well as give you advice, love, respect and positive energy to the best of our ability.
The TripSit community is always here to help and support you, no matter what. We love you and want to keep you with us!
Please help us keep our IRC channels remain a positive and enjoyable place to be. free from trolling and rule violators, by reporting users who are breaking the rules!
If someone is breaking rules in a channel, you can use ‘~report [#channel] [user] [reason]‘ to report them to the TripSit staff.
You can use this command in the channel or in a private message to tripbot.
This command will alert TripSit staff members about the infringement or feedback and will investigate the incident as soon as possible.
You can also report good behavior, such as good tripsitting or providing good advice! Be sure to give good people credit when it's due!
Rule Breaking Procedure
As a member
~report the user
If no action is taken, initiate a !votekick <user> yes/no or a !voteban
As a Power User
Follow the above procedure and respond to ~reports
Tell the TripSit team in #tripsit.me that you the report and will talk to the person in PM.
Warning will be sent via PM on most occasions as to avoid drama in the main channels. Occasionally public warnings will be issued.
As a moderator or adminstrator:
Follow the above procedure and respond to ~reports, kicks, and other violations
Kick immediately if behavior continues
Kicks will be issued after a warning on most cases
Kicks may be used without providing a warning if a user is clearly trolling or if the discussion must be stopped immediately
Kicks are mostly to send a message to the user and to other users that this behavior is not tolerated
Kick is more severe than a warning but does not do permenant damage.
Kicks aren't that big a deal; you can rejoin the channel immediately if you choose to do so.
Provide a reason and a link to the rules in the kick.
Remain courteous: Most users are not 'bad' people.
If they rejoin and continue, ~nban
Repeat offenders will be considered for a temporary or permanent ban. Power users also can instute a vote ban using !voteban user yes/no
Each situation is different and may be subjective, so temporary and permanent bans will be handled case by case basis.
TripSit staff will consult with any violators at length before any decision is made.
Several moderators, administrators, and TripSit Staff will handle all instances where a member may have to be banned.
Temporary bans may also be issued.
If a issue requires an immediate ban, please make sure you make notifcation of the ban using ~nban user reason
tripbot will have information regarding all bans. Enter ~ban_user to see notes regarding the ban.
Add a note to the ~banlist
LAST RESORT: BANNED USERS DO NOT COME BACK NOR DO THEY TELL THEIR FRIENDS ABOUT OUR NETWORK
If they protest or are unclear as to why they are banned, do not argue in PM, invite them to #tripsit.me to keep it public and explain why they were banned.
Keep it professional; do not make it personal, seek vengance or retaliation.
Please do not take any of this personally as we are running a professional harm reduction network.
We love you all, but some of you need a break sometimes!
If they continue, involve RDV or snoonet staff to get a kline to remove them from the Snoonet network
Do not evade a ban issued to you. If you wish to discuss your ban, please PM a TripSit Moderator, Administrator, or staff member - or join #tripsit.me.
Sometimes a user will come in with a default nickname. Different nicknames indicate where they came from.
Druggitor = Someone from /r/drugs
Tripdude = r/tripsit
Sapling = r/saplings
Sharing Personal Messages
Do not share PMs from staff unless both parties are aware and consent. This is a breach of trust. Also, please refrain from viewing PM's sent to you. This rule does not apply to certain situations where a user has broken the rules. This is mostly just a curtesy for the rest of the staff to be able to speak and not wonder who else is listening.
Please dont change topics willy nilly. If you do need to change the topic, make sure that what you add doesnt cut out the previous info as there's a limited number of character in a topic.
Do NOT fuck with the entrymsg. This will be reviewed by admins when the time is right.
Take-a-coin Jar. A private fund for when a STAFF member needs a fraction of a bitcoin. Message an admin to withdraw.
If you would like a @tripsit.me email please let an admin know.
Staff IRC Channels
(All staff members should be on at least these channels)
Our flagship channel for immediate assistance. Please idle here and if you see someone ping you with the !tripsit command do your best to respond. Remember: KIPP! (Keep it positive people!)
Teknos is the #tripsit branch leader.
Tripsit handles moderation of this general talk channel.
PUs can report, Moderators/Admins can kick/ban
Reality is the #drugs branch leader.
VIP section for regular #drugs users.
Users only need to be registered with snoonet to join.
Admin talk for issues with tripsit.
NO SOCIAL TALK PLEASE (take it to #teamtripsit), it makes reading the log a PITA when there's pages of irrelevant info.
This is a channel for all staff. People who regular this room will recieve general tripsit memos regarding the network
Used for general and social chat, as well as teambuilding and brainstorming on how to improve the network
Say !flags to get a message of all current staff on tripsit
Organizational structure and Point of Contacts
We organize ourselves based on a tree.
Base of the team, responsible for making sure everything is running okay
Reality, bod, teknos, trainwreck
"Projects" or "teams" that work on their own objectives
Branch leaders report to admins on status of projects and direct their team (leaves) on how to procede
Branch leaders depend on different projects. Suggested branch and branch leaders bellow, not final list.
Staff who work on projects with their branch leaders
Useful but not involved in the management of the network
Branches and their Point of Contacts
Enhancing tripbot's code
Branch Leader: reality
Current Status: About to release 0.4!
Some other commands here http://u.tripsit.me/bots
tripbot documentation can be found here: https://github.com/reality/depressionbot/tree/master/modules
Enhances the radio broadcasting and gains awareness to the radio
Branch Leader: trainwreck
Current status: Getting more DJ's and diagrams on how to connect
FTP INFO: ask trainwreck, bod
Street Team branch
Stickers, logos, advertisements, shirts, other merch
Branch leader: Trees
Current Status: Getting merch printed and shipped! Keep promoting for donations!
Moderate the nexus and promote online
Branch leader: N8wacht
Current Status: Promote the nexus! Use it!
Promote the book club and the exchange
Branch Leader: Ocore
Steam Game Group
Branch Leader: Teknos
Minecraft server hosting and mantenance
Branch Leader: Darktwist
FAQ Guide Branch
Final editing of the FAQ and continuing its evolvement, spreading online
Branch leader: Teknos
Current Status: Editing
Getting attention to our network from the /r/psychonaut crowd
Branch leader: Teknos
Provide factual assistance and promote the channel
Branch Leader: Borax
Drugs VIP branch
Promote the VIP room and bring regulars there
Branch Leader: darktwist
Someone who spends an obsessive amount of time in chat, knows the people, knows their conflicts, and helps resolve them
Branch leader: reality
Promotion and moderation of the #drugs branch
Branch Leader: Reality
Promotion and moderation of the #tripsit branch
Branch Leader: Teknos
New staff added by necessity to a certain team.
We do not need a certain number of staff, but it would be foolish to turn down someone who wants to help.
If you or someone you know wants to work on a project let the POC of that branch know.
Tripbot Commands can be found here: https://tripsit.titanpad.com/29
I request all staff take the Keirsey temperment test, found here: keirsey.com/sorter/register.aspx
Youve probably seen teknos talk about it in #psychonaut, but knowing someone's type can really help communication between staff, especially online communities where body language isnt accessable.
If you have read this then make a new post on the Nexus to let us know