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How to Moderate a server

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Level 22 : Expert Pokemon
Hello. Possibly almost every server on minecraft these days have staff on them that help the server grow and make sure no players break any rules. I became staff on a server November 2012, and it's not the easiest work. Today I am here to give you advice on being a moderator/administrator on a server. Please note the server you work on may have rules that disregard some of the tips I am about to give you. Just ignore the tip then. Here we go:

1) Do not punish anyone without giving them 1-3 warnings. Sometimes players aren't aware they are breaking rules (yet it is still the players responsibility to know them) and usually they stop after a warning. But punish them if they don't of course.

2) Be kind to all players. No one wants to play on a server with cruel staff. Staff is there to welcome players, not bossing the players around. (Unless the player is breaking rules)

3) Do not abuse your powers! DO NOT punish people just for a dumb name or skin etc. DO NOT punish someone if you saw them break rules on a different server. DO NOT kill people unless good reason. (Like if they are holding illegal items)

4) Keep your eye open. You never know if someone is using an illegal mod or hack or griefing etc. Every once in a while tp to any players you think are acting suspicious, or just tp to everyone every hour or so just to check on them.

5) Always know your server's rules so you know when to punish and what not to do.

6) You do not have to be a suck up to the server owner. Most owners like to see an argument on how to improve something or if they have a bad idea.

7) Always try to build new areas for the server. It helps the server grow and proves to the owner you are a helpful staff member.

8) Use common sense! That's self explanatory.

Thanks for reading all! Give a diamond if you liked it!
Creditdario85 (who made me a server moderator)

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06/17/2015 5:46 am
Level 1 : New Miner
_Rein_'s Avatar
I am currently an Administrator on a Prison server.
I agree on most of these tips, however we have recently stopped using the 1/3 warning system.
Players started reporting staff if they got kicket or banned while being at 2 of 3 warnings, so we decided to clear this up by announcing this:

That warning system is a GUIDELINE, not a RULE for the staff members. Always keep that in mind. Having only 1 warning does NOT mean you have 2 more free cards to cuss or break rules beofre you get kicked/banned.

We are now simply telling new players that they are breaking a server rule when they caps (only when they do it of course) and use this as warning. New players get more slack than older players because players who have reached Rank Free for example DO, in fact, know the rules. If they have a history of capsing a lot in the past we sometimes move to a kick without warning or even a short 10 minute tempban if they exagerrate it.

This has been working a lot better than the 1/3 system, as players know, if they know the rules they do not have an excuse to break them anymore. A lot of spammers/capsers have gotten a lot quieter and even brought their friends on our server to playl, even though we becam a lot stricter on them.

One thing I'd like to add which every Moderator should keep in mind is:
A ban is ALWAYS a last resort, if the player will simply not stop breaking the rules of fighting with other players/staff. Try talking to them, if a player reports another, be sure to get BOTH PLAYERS POV on what happened before making a decision! If they caps, mute them, if they get unmuted and keep going, kick them. If they come back and then keep going, mute them for an hour or longer.
We don't have mute on our server, we simply substitue that with short time tempbans, to give them time to cool off, anything between 5 minutes and 1 hour works.

We only ban Players that:

1.Advertise (Instant perm ban!)
2. Cuss a LOT
3. Spam insults
4. Greif / Steal
5. Hack
and finally,
6. Continually breaking server rules (banhistory of 5-10+ temp/appealed permbans, this player will not better himself, we have to remove him from the server permanently to enable a nice and enjoyable athmosphere for our other players.

Note that how we act/prosecute players has a big impact on how they react on warnings.
Players keep telling me I have an "Admin Aura" (lol), everyone stops breaking the rules once I'm on, because they know im zero tolerance and WILL punish tthem if they overdo it.
On the other hand, One of my Moderators is having a hard time getting people to follow the rules, which results in more tempbans than needed.

If you're having a hard time getting people to listen to what you have to say, make a point by saying:
"This has gone on long enough, I am done warning you guys, I will start enforcing the rules now without any further warnings."
Then, if they don't stop, ban everyone who breaks the rules for a short amount of time, dont be too harsh or they will hold a grudge against you, which defeats the point youre trying to make. A maximum of 30 minutes should be enough to show them you're here to do your job, not play around. Once you have banned the players, tell the rest of the players on the server that you took care of it, TELL them you are here to do your job and are ready to do whatever it takes to make your server a nice, fun place to play on.

I should probably publish a book or something, geez thats a freaking novel xD...

Well, hope this helped you guys.

_Rein_, out!
08/15/2013 10:18 pm
Level 30 : Artisan Network
Awsome4905's Avatar
I agree with this blog. I'm admin on a server and whenever people are talking full caps or spam, i just say stuff like, "Spam, caps," And stuff. It's a shame that some mods are just plain assholes, because i've seen a mod Perm ban a person because they said HI in full caps, You think that's bad? I've literally saw a few mods cyber bully a newbie of the server, telling them to go hang themselves and other things. But i still like your blog :)
07/23/2013 11:26 am
Level 5 : Apprentice Network
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I can agree with this. I have been a moderator or a server for 2/3 years now, and I can say that these are key things that every moderator should keep in mind. I have to admit, when I was a younger mod, I did pamper some people in earlier years, but I did stop. This is a great "tutorial" for any Moderator, Admin, or even Server Owner.
Poxso Box
07/23/2013 12:24 pm
Level 22 : Expert Pokemon
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Thanks :)
07/23/2013 3:05 pm
Level 5 : Apprentice Network
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If it's true, I don't need a thanks. But thanks for thanking me :P
Poxso Box
07/23/2013 3:37 pm
Level 22 : Expert Pokemon
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07/22/2013 9:30 pm
Level 25 : Expert System
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I play on one server (keeping it anonymous), and as a player, I think you should state that giving a ton of free stuff to a single player is a bad idea. On the server I play on, I am practically pampered, but it's getting annoying because I feel as though it's cheating. One admin even set my gamemode to creative for half an hour (during which all I did was give myself a ton of nametags, Nether Stars, and Wither Skulls just for kicks) or so. I've been in similar pampering situations before, and was nearly banned from a server because one admin though I was hacking even though another gave me a ton of stuff. Overall, overpowering one player isn't a good admin move in my eyes.
Poxso Box
07/23/2013 9:53 am
Level 22 : Expert Pokemon
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exactly. Like i said, do not abuse powers!
07/22/2013 8:28 pm
Level 38 : Artisan Fox
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what really sucks is when everyone on the server is one of your friends in real life, and you have to block or ban one because some of them arent getting along :/
Poxso Box
07/22/2013 8:35 pm
Level 22 : Expert Pokemon
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