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Power Abusers, Staff Griefers, Etc

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Level 42 : Master Elf
Well a lot of servers I have seen, barely have any players on them and I wonder why? Then I meet their staff...

The #1 reason why servers that seem like they should have more players, is because of the staff on the server. The staff I see on most servers, are disrespectful, power-abusers, swearers (I see this a lot, like they can't even follow their own rules...) and the worst, griefers! Yeah I have been griefed by an admin on a server before. Now these servers are also the a lot less popular then a ton of other servers. Honestly you can spam your server ip and become the most popular server for like 5 minutes, but you won't be able to keep your players, so that is why I am gonna post some tips on how to become a good server staff member.

1. Don't treat the players disrespectfully! Remember, you are there to make Minecraft fun for the player! You don't do it for yourself!
2. Don't break your own rules! If you break your own rules, then the players on your servers will think it isn't a rule, and they will start breaking that rule! It's a snowball effect. When they get in trouble for breaking that rule, then they will throw the "But you did it!" in your face, and unlike all the other times, people will agree with them!
3. Don't swear! It is just plain annoying to join a server and people are cussing like they work on a the ranch from Of Mice and Men. If you do allow cussing on your server, then please put something along the lines of: We recommend you are 16-18 years or older to play! Now this might sound crazy, but I have seen kids parents sue the game makers or the server host for stupid stuff like that!
4. Don't abuse your power! Now this one is obvious, but not as commonly followed. I have made someone my Co-Owner on my server, and after about a month (Pretty long time actually) he started abusing players by placing silverfish blocks in peoples bases, teleporting them into lava, being invisible during PvP matches, etc. The most common reason staff will abuse their power is because of boredom. It is hard watching out constantly for people breaking the rules, and in a way griefers and such will save a person from the disease of power abusers. I think it probably gets boring for the staff of PMC to do this, so I thank you personally for keeping PMC a safe and friendly community and site!
5. Now this is one that I personally have found out gets really annoying for the staff and the players themselves, and it is: Don't be AFK on your server too long! If you are going to be AFK for an extended amount of time, then just leave your server and come back later. I was AFK once for 15 minutes (Writing this blog) and when I switched to Minecraft, the members were really getting frustrated with me, because they kept trying to get my attention but I was, in a way, ignoring them. Even the other staff were getting mad! Another way to solve this, however, is too either use the command "/vanish" This command comes with the plugin "Essentials" so just about every bukkit server has it. Your name will disappear from the Tab key and people can't see your character. The downside however is that it will not say "<name> has left the game." so players will still try to reach you sometimes. I still recommend just leaving your server, though.
6. Presentation! I don't know! It seems like every tutorial like this has this in it!
7. Don't grief! Now this one can go under Tip #1, but it is so common I just have to put this here! The staff members must get either really bored, or have a twisted soul, because once on a server, I made a castle (Without world-edit or anything) that took me roughly 3 days, but when I got back it was blown up! The strange thing is, it was protected and the server has TNT turned off for the default players, and only the admins can build and use TNT... When I asked, though, the staff was honest enough to say it was them and they said they were sorry. They said that they thought they could roll it back with BigBrother or a plugin along that line, but they didn't know the owner took the plugin off! Although I was still really angry at them...

Now before I conclude this blog I want to say thanks again to the staff of PMC, and the staff on my server for not abusing your powers (Hopefully)!

Well guys that is it for this blog! I hope you guys enjoyed reading and if you like then don't forget to diamond, and I hope server staff will read this and give some thought before doing any of this to their players! If I missed something or you want to give some feedback, then post a comment!

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10/08/2012 8:37 pm
Level 30 : Artisan Ninja
360Gamer 072
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I hate servers that you have to buy the cool stuff like on this server it fudging said " You must donate to use /lock and /back" and i just automatically left.
11/13/2012 5:06 pm
Level 29 : Expert Pixel Painter
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10/05/2012 2:05 pm
Level 15 : Journeyman Narwhal
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Personally, I hate swearing and i am thankful i have a high rank on a server so i can yell at stupid people (including new staff that are just plain terrible). I ...might... have broken the afk thing a few times (in my defense i did not know i would be gone that long), but overall i am really glad you wrote all these and stuff, people need to learn to not be jerks. If i ever found out one of the lower staff peoples on the server i am on was abusing.. that would be the end of them :D. Anyway, i cant believe they did that to your castle D: Some things that happen on other servers completely surprises (well... not everyone can be me XD) me, i mean i was on a server and an admin said something along the lines of "who wants some d***" so i ...maybe... kinda.. replied something like no one would ever want you or something like that (only because the guy was being a jerk before) and he said "u no you want it" so i replied "*know" (i think this was very generous considering how much other stuff he misspelled XD) then he went "dont correct an admins grammar" or something like that.... Ugh, it is too bad i like that server (or at least the owners) or i would have gone off on him (WITHOUT cursing) and i would have won (i guarantee he would of just muted or kicked me or started cursing to 'win' the argument) ..... arent i so good at telling stories XD, well anyway, here is my really long and unnecessary comment :D (and you should find rainbowdash craft, we have actual smart staff XD, well, if you feel like it. I dont want to turn this into an advertisement for my server D:)
11/13/2012 5:06 pm
Level 29 : Expert Pixel Painter
SpadeZ1's Avatar
yeah i hate it when people cuss on servers
10/05/2012 1:49 pm
Level 53 : Grandmaster Pegasus
ColinJay's Avatar
haha, it's a game, nothing is real about it, calm down.
10/04/2012 9:49 pm
Level 5 : Apprentice Mage
Aero5297's Avatar
It takes a lot of hard looking to find a good server. I did, and I love the place so much. The staff isn't like this, but they're not uptight either. They are chill about stuff and like to joke around. The only problem is a few profanities, but I can look past it 'cause they're awesome staff.
10/04/2012 8:41 pm
Level 29 : Expert Pixel Puncher
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I recall this one server I played on in 1.8 probably....... I remember the head admin world edited the whole world to Y: 15 so everyone would fall to their doom. Imagine just walking on a world made of stone.... The head admin got banned obviously and the server took over 3 weeks to recover.
10/04/2012 8:41 pm
Level 39 : Artisan Creeper
11volt11's Avatar
Always remember that a server, much like a government, derives it's power from its people. If the people are not satisfied, than no one can be.

Great blog.
10/04/2012 8:36 pm
Level 29 : Expert Pixel Puncher
Haasman29's Avatar
My reactions.

Tip #1: Empathy.

Tip #2: Duh, stupid staff.

Tip #3: Huh? Adults suing the owner? Who? What? Where? When? Why? How?

Tip #4: Wayyyyy too often.

Tip #5: So THAT'S why people got mad at me.........

Tip #6: I hate the pictures that flash and move fast.

Tip #7: Your castle........ I cried.
10/04/2012 7:04 pm
Level 36 : Artisan Cowboy
silentsam5's Avatar
I am staff on one server and it pisses me off that a lot of the other admins dont obey the rules! the owner keeps demoting them and remoting them back...
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