This is a work in progress... Contact IHOC with any suggestions or corrections.
In general camping is actually OK, as long as you do it intelligently -- set a trap and wait for someone to walk into it, then blast them! This is called "strategy" and can make the game more interesting. Camper Bob is the master of intelligent camping.
Some people use the word "spam" to refer to a continuous stream of grenades or rockets. Spam, of course, was originally a brand of icky canned meat, but became Internet slang for saying the same thing over and over and over and over, etc. It seems to have become further generalized to refer to any mindlessly repetitive annoying behavior, such as dumping grenades. IHOC RocketWar is all about continuous rocket/grenade fire, as long as it isn't being done by a camper for saturation-bombing purposes. Fire a few grenades, then move along; dump as many as you want to cover your retreat down a hallway -- this is part of the game! We don't consider the use of grenades to be "spam", so if you complain about it you'll probably just get a blank stare in response.
Naturally this does not apply to challenge matches, which are not supposed to be fun and really should be played on the designated match server at PORT 26002.
Do not harrass, insult, threaten or provoke people. Good-natured trash-talk (for entertainment purposes only!) is acceptable as long everybody is in on the gag. (E.g. the standard "you bot bastard!" joke... the usual POD-vs-MFR baiting... etc) Keep it friendly! Also, be nice to newbies -- they are fun to kill, and should not be chased away!
Profanity, obscenity, and general dirty-talk are mostly OK. We are not prudes, and consider four-letter words to be a vital part of the English language. Please use some discretion though -- many people find "hate speech" (particularly epithets involving race, religion, sexual preference, etc) extremely offensive. If you are driving people away with your foul mouth, you will probably be banned.
Name animation and control characters ("ping hiding") are annoying, so the server won't let you do that. Do not try to get this "fixed", it is intentional.
Certain colors are not allowed at IHOC, because too many bleary old farts can't see them against typical backgrounds. Don't worry about using the "bad" colors; the server will automatically replace brown, green, and blue-green shirts (colors 1, 3, 5, and 11) with more visible colors (14 and 15).
Nobody owns a color. Feel free to use any color you want. Do not complain if some newbie "steals" your clan color scheme. There are only so many colors available, so we all have to share.
If you get burned/killed/kicked, do not scream obscenities at the admins. That will just get you banned forever. If you get banned, do not send hate mail and threats. It won't get you un-banned, but it might get you some very unwanted special attention. If the reason for the kick or ban was not obvious, consider contacting IHOC to ask why. It might have even been a mistake or misunderstanding. If you get kicked do not come back and do exactly the same thing again -- if you must have more Quake try another server, such as GooLand or DarkZone... you will soon appreciate how tolerant the IHOC admins are in comparison!
You can also get restricted administrative privileges if you are a long time player with a good reputation, or the leader of an established clan. (This only applies to people and clans who are already well-known at IHOC. Newbies need not apply.) Contact IHOC to find out how.
Admins are expected to be polite, fair, tolerant, and level-headed. They should choose levels that satisfy everybody present, and should interfere with game play only when absolutely necessary to correct serious problems. An admin's main responsibility is to facilitate game play and to make the game more enjoyable for more people -- this involves answering stupid newbie questions (how do I use the jet???) and settling disputes, usually without resorting to super-powers. Admins should be able to put up with stupidity and laugh off insults, up to the point where these things interfere with the game.
If an admin changes any of the game settings (monsters, "new" runes, low-gravity, etc) they should put the settings back to "standard" before leaving.