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Gain a Staff Spot on a server: Written by a Server OP

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avatar DoctorWoo
Level 53 : Grandmaster Nerd
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I've been noticing a rise in blogs concerning how to "Get mod on your server!" or "How to get OP" or even "Be an admin!". And, 95% of these posts are written by normal players, not a server operator. By no means is that a bad thing, but lets face it: if you get a staff position on a server, you either started the server, or an admin promoted you. With that said, I figured I'd post my own tutorial on how to gain a staff position, in the hopes that mine will be taken more to heart then other (unless other are written by admins as well [no offense!])

Before I get into the nitty-gritty of my "tutorial", lets see what a Moderator is. Considering this is the lowest rank on the staff ladder, it's easy to say the priciples do follow over to other postions, but with more need in being doie. A moderator is a person given special powers to enforce the rules on an Internet forum, newsgroup, blog or game. With that said, building, redstone, and piston skill don't play any role in a potion of a staff member.

First things first is you want to find "your server". Considering that their are literally millions of server out there, this may take a little bit of looking about, but once you find it, you'll know. It's very important to find "your server" as you will truly want to help that server, not just get the title and perks of [Mod].

Once you have your server found, keep a few simple pointers in mind then starting out:
  • DO NOT, under ANY circumstances, log in and ask to be a staff member (moderator, admin, or op). If you ever get that desire to ask to be a staff member, wait at least a week to ask.
  • DO NOT contently harass anyone to be a staff member! I will actually take the names of anyone who asks more then three times to be staff, stick it off to the side, and if their name is ever bought up in the future to be a staff member, I decline it.
  • Don't act friendly. Just be yourself! If you play friendly, and start being yourself when you get promoted...chances are you you'll get demoted.
  • Donate to the server, if you can. This will show that you are dedicated to the server, and will strengthen your odds. But again, don't just do it to get a promotion! And don't think donating grants you the guarantee of a promotion!
  • Make sure you never break a server rule! Remember: there are dozens of chat-loggins plugins, and a great deal of ways to watch the server without people knowing (IRC, consoles, mobileadmin, etc). Try enforcing hte rules, but not to the point where your stepping on toes of those with power (ie mods, admins, OP)

Now your on a server, your not being fake, you haven't harassed for the position, and your a dedicate player (dedicated meaning you play about three-six hours a week on the server). Now what? You wait. I know, your asking "Wait?!?! I though I do all this and I'd get a position!" Sorry, it doesn't work that way. And, in fact, if you get a staff position within a few days of being on a server, chances are it's a bad server. But back to the matter at hand: your promotion.

Now back to waiting. This can vary from server to server. Some server admins like players who do a good job at up-keeping the rules. Others like players who help when ever they can. Most look for both! So your best plan is to offer up your hat as help, but don't directly say "I'd like to be a mod"

With any luck, you'll get yourself a new title within a month! But there was quite a bit I went over here, and some of it indirectly. So, just to make sure the big things stuck, here are the most important things to keep in mind!
  • Don't just go for a staff position because your power hungry! Do it because you want to help!
  • NEVER harass pre-existing staff to promote you for ANY reason. Period.
  • If you get a pormotion within hours of your first log-in to a server, leave it (unless you personally know someone on the staff of said server prior to joining). Servers like this just want to make people happy, and will usually fail with a giant storm of grief. Sorry, someone had to say it.
  • Be dedicated! Donate, if you can, and play often!


Due to a recent influx of people to my server, here is a disclaimer:

DO NOT come onto our server, asking to be a mod, saying "But bamfieldjames said you need mods on PMC..." If you will read through this, this is a guide to gain a mod spot, not an advertisement for my server needing mods.
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Update #1 : 01/27/2012 2:21:14 amJan 27th, 2012

Had to add a disclaimer concerning my server.

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03/13/2012 5:26 pm
Level 1 : New Explorer
SirSpaceCube
Thank you
That really helped me. I think i am still looking for "my server" but I think im almost there

SirSpaceCube
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02/10/2012 12:33 am
Level 24 : Expert Dragonborn
Dalek_Thal
You have done well with explaining. Not that I do ask. That totally explains how to. Thanks a lot!
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02/10/2012 11:40 am
Level 53 : Grandmaster Nerd
DoctorWoo
No problem! Glad I could help!
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01/27/2012 2:44 am
Level 56 : Grandmaster Terraformer
Medi Daner
Very nice guide, well done!
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01/27/2012 2:47 am
Level 53 : Grandmaster Nerd
DoctorWoo
Thank you kindly!
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01/27/2012 10:22 am
Level 56 : Grandmaster Terraformer
Medi Daner
No, thank you for writing this :P
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01/12/2012 9:44 am
Level 24 : Expert Explorer
Pownage
Nice job, I like how this flows a lot :)
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01/12/2012 10:32 am
Level 53 : Grandmaster Nerd
DoctorWoo
Thanks!
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01/12/2012 9:40 am
Level 17 : Journeyman Narwhal
Silverstag88
Mines better
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01/12/2012 10:32 am
Level 53 : Grandmaster Nerd
DoctorWoo
Not to be rude, but yours is written by a power-hungry player.

And, to be blunt, a player isn't the one that promotes others to any form of a staff position. It's the admins/OP's of the server that do it.
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01/12/2012 9:43 am
Level 24 : Expert Explorer
Pownage
Yours is only a paragraph long and barely detailed and you should at least be loyal to the server for about 3+ weeks not just a day :l
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01/11/2012 8:21 pm
Level 57 : Grandmaster Architect
Medessec
This is great advice for those seeking to help out on servers. Many players, unfortunately, think they can simply log on, do some social engineering, then politely ask to become admin and then get admin powers. On any proper server, the administration isn't stupid, and that never goes through.

Unfortunately, some servers(particularly ones run by younger players, or novice public server operators) will take the bait. And that's really irritating, because this gives those people the impression it can happen on any server, and the problem spreads. But, that's the way Minecraft is. It's an open game that gives players a huge amount of power and abilities.
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01/11/2012 8:30 pm
Level 53 : Grandmaster Nerd
DoctorWoo
The whole "administration isn't stupid" note made my laugh, due largely to the fact that it proposes a catch 22. If you get admin powers withing moments of logging on, it proves the server is lacking. But if your looking for an admin spot, that's the only way your getting it...

As for the second portion, dead true. General rule of thumb for any form of groups (wither by schooling classes/course, gaming groups, social clicks, etc) all it take is one bad group to ruin it for everyone.
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01/11/2012 8:28 am
Level 51 : Grandmaster Network
Jack_Keeley
Great Advice! Thanks!~
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01/11/2012 12:53 pm
Level 53 : Grandmaster Nerd
DoctorWoo
Glad I could help some!
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