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How to protect your server against griefers

Griefers!

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deathblade64
Level 18 : Journeyman Cowboy
Hey guys!

Let's face it, when you have an un whitelisted server, you will encounter griefers, particularly when your server is in it's first few days of being open. This can be a bothersome problem, especially with all the griefing clients and team griefers out there. This blog will give you some tips on how to avoid griefers.

Tip 1. Know the risk

If you are going to have a public server that's not whitelisted, you have to remember that you cannot instantly stop all griefers just by making signs which say " no griefing, stealing. " Be prepared for what could happen, keep a backup file of the world so that if something goes wrong you can fix it quickly and be back online.

Tip 2. Try to pick out griefers before they strike

This can sometimes be a bothersome thing to do, especially since some people may just be collecting supplies or making tools. If you have the correct plugins, take a look at the inventory of the suspected griefer, and see what they are carrying. Most likely they will be carrying stone tools and waste blocks. Chances are they will also have some materials from a raided house/base that they had recently visited. Griefers do not usually have armor unless it was stolen.

Tip 3. Protect the Spawn

This is essential, make the spawn a safe haven for people to stay in if they don't want to go out at night, or if you need somewhere that is completely protected for your own various reasons. A protected spawn means everyone has a secure shelter. Yes, even the griefers, but in my personal opinion that is a right of being on a server is to have a protected spawn. Nothing can be more frustrating to a new member then getting spawn killed repeatedly before they even have a chance to read rules.

Tip 4. Location Location Location

When your players build, especially on creative servers, encourage them to build close together. Griefers are naturally attracted to buildings that are far away from any other signs of other players. These places are easy to raid, easy to destroy, and easy to get away from. There's strength in numbers, and surely you can give some friendly encouragement to your players.

Tip 5. Have a whitelist

If you do not currently have a whitelist, I would suggest getting one. Unless your server specifically allows griefing and raiding, this will help thin out the number of trouble users you encounter. If you advertise your group on planetminecraft or any other various website, just say to mention your name in the comments to be added to the whitelist. It's simple, and effective.

Hope this helps you out guys. Happy mining!
Tags:Minecraft, Server, Griefer, Protect, Whitelist, Mine, Raid, Spawn, Bacon, Tutorial
Credit:Thank you to skillsmasterj for collecting these tips together with me.

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ItsBill
Level 32
Artisan Goblin
March 27, 2012, 3:43 pm

I've always found plugins like Towny to be useful in preventing griefers. The ultimate anti-grief is to allow griefing. Then, builders will just make Towny protections to prevent griefers from doing anything. Without anything to grief, they leave.

Gillz98
Level 31
Artisan Prince
March 27, 2012, 2:14 pm

Here's my server :

http://www.planetminecraft.com/server/gillzcraft

Enjoy!

sonix7446
Level 46
Master Nether Knight
March 27, 2012, 12:11 pm

(I'm a greifer, btw)

Hofferman127
Level 1
New Miner
March 27, 2012, 1:06 pm

LOL i like u

sonix7446
Level 46
Master Nether Knight
March 27, 2012, 1:38 pm

Heh.

Hofferman127
Level 1
New Miner
March 28, 2012, 4:32 pm

(i also greif,occasionally,btw)

sonix7446
Level 46
Master Nether Knight
March 27, 2012, 12:11 pm

And if a greifer reads this, and they think of a way to solve these protections, whatcha going to do about that?

deathblade64
Level 18
Journeyman Cowboy
March 27, 2012, 4:30 pm

Continue to make solutions. Lol

sonix7446
Level 46
Master Nether Knight
March 28, 2012, 11:38 am

What is the greifer keeps doing on the same thing over and over again and you'll get so annoyed that you'll stop doing it than the greifer just rules the server?

deathblade64
Level 18
Journeyman Cowboy
March 29, 2012, 6:25 am

It's called, Banning? XD

sonix7446
Level 46
Master Nether Knight
March 29, 2012, 11:11 am

and if they hack the thing and pardon themselves?

deathblade64
Level 18
Journeyman Cowboy
March 30, 2012, 5:50 am

Technically that would mean you'd be hacking a computer, which is illegal.

sonix7446
Level 46
Master Nether Knight
March 30, 2012, 11:09 am

who cares

deathblade64
Level 18
Journeyman Cowboy
April 3, 2012, 7:11 am

Apparently you do

sonix7446
Level 46
Master Nether Knight
April 3, 2012, 12:05 pm

No, I don't. But the police would.

Meichrob7
Level 3
Apprentice Crafter
March 27, 2012, 11:07 am

Nice dmnd 4 u, make 1 for ppl who arnt running the server

deathblade64
Level 18
Journeyman Cowboy
March 27, 2012, 4:30 pm

Will do! :D

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