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Running Your Server Part 2: Choosing the Staff

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Running Your Server Series:
1. The Basics

So fellow Minecrafters! In the light of my popular blog post on running a server and the many request for help I have decided to turn this into a in-depth series in investigating what makes an awesome server.

I get this question A LOT! How can we choose the staff that we trust in running our servers? How many do we need? Where can I find the staff? It is really tiring I admit to find responsible staff in running servers. Good people are hard to come by and it is when we trust them the most, they desert or grief the entire server. So lets go step by step through finding the perfect staff for your server.

1. Blacklist anyone who asks to be OP / Mod / Etc.
The fact that these people are asking to be part of your server means that they have ulterior motives they will often go like "This server is so awesome I want to make it better." Pardon my French but that is pure BS. They want the position because of the POWER and they can go hammering away with the Ban Hammer. How do I know this? It is because they are asking for the position in the first place.

My suggestion is that these players are the lowest of the low if you want to recruit your staff.

2. Look for those LOYAL players who helps out the Noobz.
These are the ideal candidates for your staff positions. They ask nothing in return as they dedicate their time in helping out whiny noobs. BUT. Keep in mind that some players will deliberately try to act all "nicey-nicey" when you are online to make a point that they are being "nice." How do you sort out these players? Well usually they are the players from the first part who already asked you if they could be OP. My answer? Blacklist'em.

So more on those loyal players. These players are the ones who log on every day. These are the player who have no haters at all. These players are the players that everybody on the server is friends. These players are your FINEST CANDIDATES.

3. But they don't have experience!!
But they can LEARN!! If they are loyal players they will pick up learning how to be part of the staff quite quickly. And even if they do not have experience with World Edit, Permissions, etc. they have plenty of experience of helping out players and this is the primary job of any I repeat any staff.

Train them in the arts of commands and these newly-found staff will be the best staff you ever had. The only problem? There are so damn little of them.

4. Make sure they have a job!
Whether it is banning the lowest of the low Minecrafters (Yes I am looking at you Xrayers & Hackers), building awesome new structures at Spawn, or running events, every member of the staff needs a job. For your info here is the Staff Makeup of New Liberty.

New Liberty Staff Model:
Admins: All Access
Demiadmins: Indistinguishable from Admins, but have no access to FTP or server.
Moderators: /kick. /jail, /mute (No we do not allow our Mods to spawn items.)
Demimods: /mute

^You can see here that we do not give a lot of power to our staff. Well guess what? They still love their jobs because they simply love helping out rather than having power.

So that is my second update on running a successful server. Any questions? Any criticisms? Feel free to comment and ask. I will always personally respond to any questions!

Next Running Your Server Part 3: Dealing with Xrayers

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  • bjjdude
  • Level 4
  • Apprentice Crafter
  • February 24, 2012, 10:36 am
mods should be able to ban to.
  • wannamymilk
  • Level 19
  • Journeyman Princess
  • September 1, 2012, 6:33 pm
i dont think so. just give them /jail. they can jail them till a /ban person comes on. i think mods should not hav //wand
  • Andro121
  • Level 1
  • New Explorer
  • December 19, 2011, 9:14 pm
Wow U rly know how to run a server!!! No wonder u have a very popular server :D!
  • DreadxDragon
  • Level 25
  • Expert Dragonborn
  • November 6, 2011, 12:35 pm
you are close to proffectional about this advice!!! :D
  • XDogzZ
  • Level 21
  • Expert Skinner
  • November 6, 2011, 1:31 am
OH MY GOD! Then i am perfect to be an staff member. I like helping noobs :D Have been op on classic server. U can ask me for staff anyone :P
  • FirstSkyler1
  • Level 6
  • Apprentice Engineer
  • November 6, 2011, 11:54 pm
Technicaly, that is asking for staff.
  • XDogzZ
  • Level 21
  • Expert Skinner
  • November 7, 2011, 2:46 am
Lol i wanted to see if pepole reply me :D
  • FirstSkyler1
  • Level 6
  • Apprentice Engineer
  • November 7, 2011, 4:42 am
  • NewLibertyMC
  • Level 44
  • Master Network
  • November 22, 2011, 3:35 pm
LOL
  • FirstSkyler1
  • Level 6
  • Apprentice Engineer
  • November 23, 2011, 3:08 am
WOW, That scared the living daylight out of me ..
  • NewLibertyMC
  • Level 44
  • Master Network
  • November 23, 2011, 5:27 am
Im getting trolled so hard :(

-_-;;
  • deadsteady
  • Level 1
  • New Crafter
  • November 5, 2011, 4:45 pm
please help ive tryed everything i cant make a server i am horrible at the stuff
  • NewLibertyMC
  • Level 44
  • Master Network
  • November 7, 2011, 12:34 pm
Exactly with which part are you having trouble with?
Yes, This looks all good! I agree with all these statements.
  • Haloguru
  • Level 11
  • Journeyman Dolphin
  • November 5, 2011, 8:15 am
This really helped thanx
  • Haloguru
  • Level 11
  • Journeyman Dolphin
  • November 5, 2011, 8:15 am
awesome
  • Cazzark
  • Level 9
  • Apprentice Network
  • November 5, 2011, 5:29 am
Nice lol! Man, this came a long way since I saw the first two days ago.. or was it yesterday? Either way, I remember that it wasn't popular at the time. And now you have a popular series. Way to go!
  • ZaphodX
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 31
  • Artisan Network
  • November 5, 2011, 4:13 am
This is an excellent quality blog. Too many 'blogs' on this site are not a blog at all. I especially approve of your rules 1 and 3 and your reasoning for them.

You deserve a cookie Sir.
You know, I almost Feel like this post if Inspired By Me! I feel so special! =P
You quoted me In a lot of the Blog... Like the NOOBZ or training or loyalty and Stuff.
Thanks for another GREAT post Liberty!
  • Sparkles
  • Level 50
  • Grandmaster Pixel Puncher
  • November 4, 2011, 12:49 pm
Fantastic articles. Thankyou. I will more closely look at my friend and see if they are 'loyal' or not.
  • Warhawker
  • Level 44
  • Master Modder
  • November 4, 2011, 10:39 am
We got the perfect staff by trial and error, I would have wrote the same blog.

Something to throw in, don't admin anyone that did not originally create the server with you, unless your playerbase is too large for a few mods to handle.
  • Sparkles
  • Level 50
  • Grandmaster Pixel Puncher
  • November 4, 2011, 12:48 pm
I agree.
Excellent article. I played on a server where a person literally complained their way to permanent admin in less than two hours. I am no longer part of that server. On the same server, the Mods and Admins never helped anybody out; they'd just switch to creative mode and build for themselves and grief each other's creations. When new people came on, about 10% joined as they were helped by ordinary players; the other 90% just left.
I love this. Its written like a professional blogger. I extremely hate people who ask for admin and mods, and on my server (chosencraft) they are normally kicked or banned if begging persists. THATS the kind of server I like, not one where everyone is an admin because the owner doesnt have the guts to turn them down. Great post, take this subscription.
Nice blog, I totally agree with the criteria, I'm currently a Moderator and I always help the new guests, since I know I used to be like that, new, innocent XD and hoping someone would guide me. Maybe a tip: It's not just helping out the noobs in minecraft, but in real life too, don't judge a person on how they treat their equals, see how they treat their "inferiors". I use that principle a lot and I look at them when they talk to me and when they talk to someone who is not so popular so to speak and there is a major difference half the time.

The last one, the "give them a job" was suggested on the server I play on, but there was a overall flaw, that if the person who isn't on to do the job, say check grief reports, then the other Mods/Admins do it and then it eventually gets confused. But that's just our server, we just help whenever its needed and have more freedom =) Great tips again.
  • Veriity
  • Level 10
  • Journeyman Engineer
  • February 2, 2014, 5:50 pm
Gun, I'm in with you, in this respect. I'm a current Mod too and these criteria clearly cut through the mesh of people I see coming through the mill every day. I am a 'player assisting' individual too.

These are all great suggestions. This also helps me clean up the list and helps me "understand" those that are coming on and why they play the way they do.

thanks!
  • lukyzade
  • Level 50
  • Grandmaster Guard
  • November 4, 2011, 7:40 am
I like your blogs keep them up :P
  • olledes
  • Level 52
  • Grandmaster Pixel Puncher
  • November 4, 2011, 7:21 am
Basically pick me

o/
  • NewLibertyMC
  • Level 44
  • Master Network
  • November 4, 2011, 8:19 am
Hahaha LOL
  • FairyMary
  • Level 29
  • Expert Geek
  • November 4, 2011, 6:10 am
Awesome! This is perfect timing for your server blogs to come out; me and my brother are trying to make one now!
  • NewLibertyMC
  • Level 44
  • Master Network
  • November 4, 2011, 6:37 am
Thank you!
  • thefungi
  • Level 55
  • Grandmaster Pixel Painter
  • November 4, 2011, 4:41 am
wow no wonder i have been admin of so many servers. ill link this too all my freinds looking for op's. :D
  • NewLibertyMC
  • Level 44
  • Master Network
  • November 4, 2011, 5:38 am
<3
  • thefungi
  • Level 55
  • Grandmaster Pixel Painter
  • November 4, 2011, 2:06 pm
hahaha ;)
This is a very good guide for people that want to start a server. I can say from experience I know what you mean. Never ran a server but have been in enough to see this happen multiple times.
  • NewLibertyMC
  • Level 44
  • Master Network
  • November 4, 2011, 5:38 am
Thanks for the compliment :)

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