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Is All "Minimodding" Bad?

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    There was a debate going on in chat, and three of the moderators jumped in. We were all debating about LiveTV, and I said something about “I’m just trying to start an argument,” or something along those lines, I was quickly told by another moderator that “Debate was the word I was looking for.” Another chat member tells me I broke a rule, without reading the previous comment, that arguing with the moderators was against the rules.

     Quickly chat erupted with comments about “stop minimodding” “read rule 2” and such. The member did not realize what minimodding was, and that seemed to be the reason why he was doing it. But was it really that big of a deal? Was he just trying to help, or actually minimod?

What Is A Minimod?

     We all know that “minimods” are annoying, but what actually is a minimod? We might confuse ourselves with a person who is trying to just state a rule, with an actual minimod. They might both be characterised as  the same thing.

     I went into the Planet Minecraft rules to see what the Planet Minecraft definition of a minimod is. It stated it as…

     “Acting as if in a position of power to ban, pointing out that a member has broken a rule, requesting a Moderator action publicly or any similar practices is called Minimodding, or Minimod for short. This causes more fights to break out as people don't have the ability, but act as though they have real authority.”  - PMC Rules, 4 Etiquette Section 4.4

     Yes, according to these rules, even pointing out that someone broke a rule is considered minimodding, and this is a pretty big offence especially in the chat room.

Are They A Minimod?

      I think most people see a minimod as a person trying to do a moderator's job, but could in a way “minimods” be trying to help. like vigilantis? Are they just trying to help the moderators do their job, and make life a bit easier for them, or are they trying to suck up to the moderators, and because of showing how great they know the rules, think they can soon become a moderator?

     Someone might “minimod” because they see something wrong and tell that person, they did something wrong, but I don’t believe that it should always be considered “minimodding”.

     I think “minimods” should be put into two categories the “Acceptable Minimod” and the “Rule Breaking Minimod” For example if someone posts a skin that was stolen, and if the “minimod” flag the post, then comment...

     “This skin was stolen from (user), and should be taken down, before the moderators of Planet Minecraft do, and such and such will happen.”

      This should not be considered an act of the “Rule Breaking Minimod”, But rather the “Acceptable Minimod” Because, he flagged the post first, then respectfully said what the user did wrong.  In the same situation, the “Rule Breaking Minimod” would just comment, without flagging the post, in a very rude/childish way…


     As you can see there is a very big difference, when it comes to post’s “minimods” should be thanked. It’s not like, correct me if i’m wrong, every single post is checked by a moderator, and made sure it not breaking any rule. Without the “minimods” reporting it, it would take a longer time for moderators to take down the post.

Chat Room “Minimods”:

     The “minimods” we find in the chat room, I agree need stricter rules, because chat moderators are always present, but there should always be an exception to the rule for people like the “minimod” I faced. One “do not minimod” comment would have been enough, but instead all the moderators told him or her to stop “minimodding.” They should have also made it a private chat message, but we are all human.


     I feel like “minimodding” should not always be looked as a negative thing, and we should take into account what the player is doing. Its not always hard to keep your mouth shut especially in the chat lounge. But, there is always too much “minimodding” which I would consider “Rule Breaking Minimod”.

CreditWhile writing this blog, i felt like trolling PMC chat with another account called "SaturatedFat_" Sorry for that again, it was fun but i shuldn't have done it.

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03/24/2015 12:29 am
Level 82 : Elite Fox
CraftyFoxe's Avatar
Yes, you are a sensible person
08/16/2014 8:33 pm
Level 15 : Journeyman Artist
lobie10's Avatar
One time on a server, some person was cussing like a sailor, so I'm like, "Can you kindly not swear?" And someone /msg-ed me and said something like "You are not a moderator." What's frustrating for me, is that I wasn't even trying to minimod, or anything. I was just asking them not to swear! And they could have easily said no anyway, because they are a human being with their own choices and decisions, like me! So in conclusion, I really think people should stop pointing their fingers at people and calling them a minimod, just because they asked for a simple request.
08/16/2014 7:55 pm
Level 33 : Artisan Taco
MatTu_U's Avatar
i came here only coz the title stated about minimoding. i unserstood it as modifications ingame and not site moderators -_-
08/16/2014 7:45 pm
Level 14 : Journeyman Warrior
ValleyDew's Avatar
I thought by mini mod you meant Mine mod asin modification.
08/16/2014 3:19 pm
Level 13 : Journeyman Network
Knarfer's Avatar
I'm disappointed that this didn't make it's way into this blog post:

08/16/2014 2:11 pm
Level 6 : Apprentice Explorer
Banana Doctor
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According to PMC's definition od minimods, saying: “This skin was stolen from (user),
and should be taken down, before the moderators of Planet Minecraft do,
and such and such will happen.” si minimodding. It doesn't matter how polite you pput it, the rules mean that you just report the stolen skin and tell nobody that you did it. You don;t need them to know you reported it, and chances are they know it's stolen if they stole it.
08/16/2014 2:10 pm
Level 57 : Grandmaster Cyborg
Pepijn's Avatar
Don't really agree.

every kind of minimodding (using PMC's definition) is bad according to me. Since acting like a mod without being one (pointing out rules etc.) can piss of other players a lot... Really a lot. It starts rage and flamewars.

so yeah, just don't do it. Even if you just want to help out... Plz just report it and move on.
08/17/2014 4:24 pm
Level 50 : Grandmaster Cowboy
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08/16/2014 2:07 pm
Level 51 : Grandmaster Ladybug
McJackson3180's Avatar
I got banned for minimodding and borderline flaming for replying to something that was posted 6 times "Don't spam the forum it's idiotic", idiotic = Senseless. But nope it's flaming and minimodding sdfhrseiopgjertltfv
08/16/2014 7:31 am
Level 60 : High Grandmaster Scapegoat
Gab_Cab's Avatar
I'd just like to ask a question relating to this subject.

Is is minimodding to say something along the lines of "Ugh, can somebody please [insert moderator action here] that guy?"
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