How to Join

Because Nyx offers free services that could be (and have been) abused, we require validation. Validation is free.


  1. Get the validation form by one of the following methods:

    1. Print the validation form from our web site: www.nyx.net/validate.html -or- validationform.doc
    2. Log in to Nyx: ssh/telnet to nyx.nyx.net, login as "new", password "new". Select the 'l' ("look around the system") option, and then select "val" from the next menu.

      From the validation menu:

      • Run the 'a' option and screen print the form page by page; -or-
      • Run the 'ac' option with your screen capture buffer on, your printer pass-through on, or via an ascii download (depending what your communications program can do); -or-
      • If you have an e-mail account elsewhere, use the 'am' option to have a copy e-mailed to you.

    3. If none of the above work, you may write it out by hand.

  2. Provide Identification

    1. - Print out the form and fill it in; - Photocopy a signed, *picture* ID of yourself (preferred: driver's license, passport, etc.); - Then obtain a NOTARIZED SIGNATURE on the form (i.e., you sign it in the presence of a Notary Public, who checks your ID).

      SEE BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION on this method, how to obtain a notarized signature, what to do in foreign countries, etc.

      Then mail your original notarized form and ID photo to:

      Nyx Net
      P. O. Box 16143
      Golden, CO 80402

      and include a self-addressed, stamped envelope if you would like to be mailed a confirmation of your account with your initial password.


    2. Send a personal check (with YOUR name PRE-PRINTED on it) with a donation to Nyx Net. (We are not accepting credit cards for validation at this time.)

      Make the check out to " Nyx Net " and mail the check and form to the same address as above.

      If you decide you would like to send a donation as a means to acquire validation, then you should send the donation AND the filled out form (but no notary/photo ID necessary). The check must clear.

    Else: Sorry, we don't allow Nyx access unless you can do it via one of the above ways.

  3. Wait!

    You will receive your login and password via e-mail or in that self-addressed stamped envelope. Then you can log in. You will find yourself in a validation program explaining what to do from there. We strive to get validations completed within a few days, but in the worst case it may take 6-8 weeks for your account to be approved, depending on free time of the volunteers, etc. If you haven't heard back after, say, THREE WEEKS from when you started, use 'feedback' (fb/confidential) to ask what's up. DO NOT give out your e-mail address prior to receiving full access (because you won't be able to read it until you're validated).

IMPORTANT additional notes:


In the United States, you can find a Notary in many places: most banks offer this service to customers for free, many post offices, most large businesses have employees who are notaries.

In other countries, the procedure may differ; ask at a bank, courthouse, police station, or other legal institution about some form of "guaranteed signature". A U.S. Embassy or similar office should be able to do it.

In Canada and possibly other countries a "Commissioner of oaths" or a Justice of the Peace (JP) can do this.

In Australia, a JP can do a Statutory Declaration.

In the U.K., word has it that a solicitor can do this type of thing; some charge, some do not, and you are advised to call around.

For users from Japan, a certified seal is acceptable.

Faxes, e-mail -- Can't do it:

Photo ID:

For a photo ID, most any government issued ID will suffice that has your picture, signature and your name on it. Driver's license, passport, etc.

No ID -- minors, etc.

If you have no ID because you're a minor, then: - Sign the form; - Get your *parent's* NOTARIZED signature below yours (or a donation via parent's pre-printed check, but still have them sign the form too so I know they know, etc.). Your parent's signature (without notary or check) is NOT enough.

Multiple accounts:

You may have two accounts (one regular and one anon9999).

One form per PERSON, though, please: If you want to mail a form for you and a spouse, for example, fill out two forms but do not staple them together.

What is "revalidation" and the password thing?

Simply put, it is a method for you to use in the *future* if you lose your account and want access to Nyx without having to use the form. It is a reasonably secure way to prove, in the future, that you are who you say you are. The revalidation password is never entered into the Nyx network. So it can be of any length or made up of any characters. But it does you no good if you can't remember it. We won't give you a clue.

Then, if you had shell access but lost it (because your account lapsed due to lack of use or whatever), pick the "revalidation" option in the validation menu (val/r).

The basic principle is this: You write down on the form a "revalidation password", something *other* than your Nyx login password, something you are absolutely *positive* you will never forget but nobody else is likely to guess. Then when you want revalidation, you will be asked to supply this.

Note further that if there is ever a doubt that your account has been broken into, you may be asked on an individual basis to provide this. Do NOT record this "password" ANYWHERE on-line on ANY system EVER. So pick something you know you won't forget (but unguessable)! This "password" will serve as something only you and the system administrator know, making it important to keep it secure from others. Don't use your Nyx password since that could be cracked by various clever guessing programs -- use something you would never use as a login password.

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Last modified: 2013.03.27