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avatar TheNuk3
Level 25 : Expert Spelunker
The Problem:

Staff abuse is a growing problem in the minecraft community. With the amount of servers increasing everyday as it becomes easier and easier to host a server, good staff becomes more and more spread out. What we are left with is server owners frantically trying to pick staff from the few people they actually have on the server. This leads to bad staff who are not mature enough to handle the responsibility that comes with being a staff member on a server. Luckily there are a few ways you can restrict the chances (and ways) that staff can abuse powers.

The Ban Hammer:

The dream of all players is to wield the mighty ban hammer on a popular server. The problem though is how many players can have that privilege and not abuse it. One of the worst things a servers rep can have associated with it is abusive staff and banning without a good reason is a perfect way to get yourself on the fast track to a failed server. A few ways to avoid this is make your staff work there way up. Do not give your first staff rank ban privilege. A good alternative would be giving them a kick and mute option. This means they can enforce the rules but can't quite do any serious damage. When they do rank up higher, after you watch them and trust them, I would suggest giving them temp ban. After you have watched them for A LONG TIME and you trust them with your servers whole reputation and enforcement of rules then of course they can finally use the players dream weapon. The Ban Hammer.

Shut Up I Am Higher Then You:

I like many others have run into mods and sometimes admins who like to use the hierarchy to give them an advantage in a flame war. In one extreme case I was muted by the mod and then taunted giving me no way to respond back. There is no clever trick to this other then making a staff member contract which says somewhere in it that you will demote them for swearing or abusing your powers to another player. Remember that staff do represent your server unlike any other player and what ever that staff member says will reflect on the server.

Item Spawning:

A very common and unfair version of staff abuse is item spawning. Whether or not what they spawn is big or a big deal it is still unfair and should be handled as such. Something as small as a few diamonds could make the difference in a fight. This is most likely th easiest thing to restrict from staff. Don't let them have option for gamemode or any item spawning commands. It is not needed at all and if it is used it can really only be used for and abusive purpose.

The Best Way To Restrict Staff Abuse:

1. Only recruit more staff if you actually need more staff because you have alot of players. Do not recruit staff just because they have played for a long time.

2. Don't recruit them because you are friends with them. A good friend does not always make a good staff member. You should recruit staff based on maturity, not on your personal friendship.

3. If a staff member abuses their power it should be an instant demotion. You need to show that your not messing around when you say no using your powers unfairly.

4. Make sure you fully trust the player who you will be giving staff to.

5. Communicate through a chat program such as skype or teamspeak because that grows trust and loyalty much faster then chatting through the game can.

6. Recruit mature players. While you shouldn't directly take the 15 year old over the 12 year old I would suggest looking at the 15 year old a bit more seriously because they will most likely be more responsible. That doesn't mean don't look at the 12 year olds application and talk to him seriously because there are some young kids who are mature for their age. As there are also 15 year olds who are immature for their age.


Staff members are becoming more abusive as time goes on due to either lazy owners or just the fact that less and less people are willing to restrain themselves from the temptations that being a staff member brings. However they reflect the server they come from so server owners should take action and remove them from their rank not only creating a little less admin abuse in the world of minecraft but also making their server look better.

My Final Shoutout:

Server Owners, stop recruiting players you hardly know to be staff on your server. It really is a very poor choice and will make players leave your server due to abusive admins. At least watch the player interact with the other players before you make them a symbol of your server.

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I have a small private server that I run with my friends. We've actually reset it once, and I just started it up again 4 days ago, and we're doing really good. Last night, I was playing with my friend, who I share a house in Minecraft with, and I had decided to OP after the last server, when I left. When I came back to look at the server log this morning, this immediately stood out to me:

[21:11:17] [Server thread/INFO]: [Admin: Teleported OtherFriend to 0.5, 0.0, 0.5]
[21:11:23] [Server thread/INFO]: [Admin: Teleported Admin to 0.5, 0.0, 0.5]
[21:11:26] [Server thread/INFO]: [Admin: Set own game mode to Creative Mode]
[21:11:29] [Server thread/INFO]: [Admin: Set own game mode to Creative Mode]
[21:11:30] [Server thread/INFO]: OtherFriend fell out of the world
[21:11:31] [Server thread/INFO]: Admin fell out of the world
[21:11:38] [Server thread/INFO]: <Admin> ###
[21:11:40] [Server thread/INFO]: <Admin> just happened
[21:11:42] [Server thread/INFO]: <Admin> i tped to spawn
[21:11:45] [Server thread/INFO]: <OtherFriend> NO
[21:11:53] [Server thread/INFO]: <Admin> andrew can i cheat my stuff back i wasnt supposed to fall out the world xD
[21:12:11] [Server thread/INFO]: [Admin: Enchanting succeeded]
[21:12:17] [Server thread/INFO]: [Admin: Enchanting succeeded]
[21:12:29] [Server thread/INFO]: [Admin: Enchanting succeeded]
[21:12:37] [Server thread/INFO]: [Admin: Teleported Admin to 0.5, 70.0, 0.5]
[21:13:03] [Server thread/INFO]: <OtherFriend> ty
[21:13:14] [Server thread/INFO]: <Admin> anrew i only gamemoded so we got our stuff back
[21:13:26] [Server thread/INFO]: <Admin> i meant to type tp 0 70 0
[21:13:45] [Server thread/INFO]: <Admin> but we are just messing around having fun we arent cheating stuff in we just playing around faster

Ha! Playing around faster! They were also doing some twisted version of One in the Chamber. After seeing this log I immediately deoped my friend and told him that I'll never trust him wih OP privileges again.

Sorry 'bout the wall of text by the way XD
I was playing on a modded server called tetro craft and my nephew made a base and machines my nephew suffers from depression yet the owner abused his power killed me and broke everything my nephew made now he feels upset and refuses to talk to me because he thinks I did it and after the owner destroyed my nephews stuff he banned me for no reason what so ever
Well i wish that applied to the Esterlon server. The owner GhostrXzz muted me just for telling a joke. Yet don't want to leave because it is a nice server. Please help me if i can report server owners.
  • botifier
  • Level 15
  • Journeyman Network
  • December 7, 2013, 3:55 pm
This is happening on PMC
By de mods
that happened to me once he made me a super obsidian palace and I fought with him with his second login and he put creepers in me house
  • ZaphodX
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 31
  • Artisan Network
  • August 15, 2012, 10:55 pm
Sent you a PM
  • Astrian
  • Level 35
  • Artisan Pony
  • August 7, 2012, 7:14 pm
I'm like the ultimate troll, so whenever there's an admin that I just hate to the bone and i know other people dislike him too, i use my troll powers to piss him off to the point where he starts breaking rules and abusing his powers againist me.
2 things usually happen:
1. He/she gets demoted
2. They keep their rank, but i get more people to hate them.
Thanks for the tip.
I play on a server which I will not name. I am moderator but it seems like I am a Corrections officer in a jail. Players are constantly bribing mods to get things. What happens is a moderator gets a bribe from someone, about 5000 dollars in-game money, then he pays half of that to an admin in exchange for a spawned item that would usually be hard to get. I've brought it to several admins' attention only to be threatened that I'll lose my staff rank. Now the bribes are getting so bad people are paying 10s of thousands of in-game money to get creative mode for their faction bases, which means almost impenetrable walls. Needless to say I don't play here much.
  • SevV
  • Level 41
  • Master Lad
  • August 7, 2012, 3:20 pm
Luckily for me, this has only occured to me once, nearly 2.5 years ago, on a classic server. And luckily I was in a position high enough to make him stop. The server I am on now has admins and moderators which seem to be rare these days for me. I have a lot of fun with them, and they are the cause that I donated to said server. (You could add this to the blog, 'Players will donate more likely if the staff is appealing and nice, and interracts well with the community'. As this is for me. I have a legit Minecraft account since Alpha 1.1.2, and only donated twice, because of the staff.)

Great blog!
  • ItsBill
  • Level 36
  • Artisan Goblin
  • August 7, 2012, 2:48 pm
I once met a 13 year old who was clearly wiser than any grade C college student. There was no server staff or any sort of position I could give him since I was a player on a server rather than admin, but needless to say I gave him assistantship in Towny.

As for the server I play on as an admin, I can safely say the solution to power abuse would be for mods/admins to not play at all, and just freebuild interesting locations for players to explore.
  • sintin 80
  • Level 25
  • Expert Artist
  • August 7, 2012, 2:10 pm
i see what you mean one of my freinds was ban from a server for telling someone to get out of her house
  • donut1212
  • Level 1
  • New Network
  • August 7, 2012, 1:06 pm
they deleted all my skins except a few
  • Alpha_Legion
  • Level 55
  • Grandmaster Pixel Painter
  • August 7, 2012, 3:13 pm
that will be because they are either stolen, or remixes :) Don't steal, don't break rules, and everyone is happy!
  • TheNuk3
  • Level 25
  • Expert Spelunker
  • August 7, 2012, 1:32 pm
I am not talking about PMC staff. This is about on servers.
  • donut1212
  • Level 1
  • New Network
  • August 7, 2012, 1:34 pm
o that was...
  • kanokarob
  • Level 23
  • Expert Electrician
  • August 7, 2012, 12:38 pm
I have seen far too many instances of Staff Power Abuse on minecraft servers. Its sickening for a practived admin as myself to see.
  • Cedric2
  • Level 10
  • Journeyman Architect
  • August 7, 2012, 10:16 am
In order to level the playing field on a server that I'm an admin on, we actually make it so that god mode, creative, and any type of spawning is illegal (this includes mods, admins, and even the server's owner). They can still fly using the /fly command that comes with Essentials, but they cannot use that during battle. Just thought I'd put that out there :P

On another note, I loved this blog. I really thought that it hit all the right nails, and didn't go overboard on anything.
You sir should run a server... it would be the best server ever...
  • Cedric2
  • Level 10
  • Journeyman Architect
  • August 7, 2012, 10:13 am
I concur!
  • TheNuk3
  • Level 25
  • Expert Spelunker
  • August 7, 2012, 12:13 pm
I am actually making one :P
  • Cedric2
  • Level 10
  • Journeyman Architect
  • August 8, 2012, 8:21 am
  • MicahMiner
  • Level 7
  • Apprentice Crafter
  • August 7, 2012, 6:35 am
you hit every note, this blog is perfect for what the title says, i was on a server once where the staff HAD to be 18 years old or higher to be an admin and the owner almost never got on and they were retty bad admins ._.
  • Otisdiver
  • Level 13
  • Journeyman Dragon
  • August 7, 2012, 6:25 am
Couldn't agree more
  • 11volt11
  • Level 37
  • Artisan Creeper
  • August 7, 2012, 5:19 am
Very nice blog. I learned a lot. I think servers overall are dying...
That is very well said!
  • firepower416
  • Level 27
  • Expert Lumberjack
  • August 7, 2012, 12:20 am
well what i did when i had my server was giving players that are new a chance to become admin
i opped them andi used /openinv etc to check on them and if they dont abuse they could stay admin but if they abused they get jailed for 5 minutes
  • ekolefas1
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • December 16, 2013, 11:49 am
That's an un-wise move :I
  • Luthery
  • Level 21
  • Expert Explorer
  • August 6, 2012, 10:59 pm
Okay, cool story breh. Now let's listen to this dubstep.
  • Bellaabzug21
  • Level 26
  • Expert Dragonborn
  • August 6, 2012, 4:32 pm
I agree completely, the server firetruckcraft is actually designed to piss the players that join off
  • 46Keith
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • August 6, 2012, 3:46 pm
  • 46Keith
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • August 6, 2012, 1:02 pm
I have a huge question how do i get to lvl 2? lolz
  • goldstone15
  • Level 34
  • Artisan Mage
  • August 6, 2012, 1:34 pm
you upload something (>_<)
  • 46Keith
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • August 6, 2012, 2:44 pm
ty how do i do tht? lolz
  • goldstone15
  • Level 34
  • Artisan Mage
  • August 6, 2012, 3:14 pm
go to what you would like to upload like if it is a map go to projects and you have to use like mediafire or something else and then it sais upload project/ect. then you just give it the info it need to upload it then you click save or upload idk and there you go
  • zalebcaleb
  • Level 41
  • Master Droid
  • August 6, 2012, 12:53 pm
Agreed! Well said, you deserve diamonds!
now lets delve deeper in the rainbow philosophy
  • Delta459
  • Level 8
  • Apprentice Artist
  • August 6, 2012, 10:41 am
what about those crap servers that make you pay to be staff? you should add a section about that
  • TheNuk3
  • Level 25
  • Expert Spelunker
  • August 7, 2012, 12:14 pm
While I agree that it is bad to pay for staff, this blog was more aimed towards unfair admin uses then what you were suggesting which is unfair ways to get staff.
  • boykidthing
  • Level 30
  • Artisan Architect
  • August 6, 2012, 8:43 am
Judging by all this, I am the perfect Administrator :D
+Diamond from me, friend!
  • TheParody
  • Level 10
  • Journeyman Cowboy
  • August 6, 2012, 8:42 am
agreed, i was playing a pvp survival and a mod hacked him and his guild all the best ability's and items and then picked on all new mems (me included)
  • Jesuitical
  • Level 38
  • Artisan Button Pusher
  • August 6, 2012, 7:22 am
hi im from planet minecraft can i have op????
  • rexpup
  • Level 11
  • Journeyman Blacksmith
  • August 7, 2012, 12:43 pm
I doubt that, based on your grammar. Are you staff there?
  • Jesuitical
  • Level 38
  • Artisan Button Pusher
  • August 7, 2012, 12:47 pm
I'm not sure if this is you going along with the joke or not :(
  • rexpup
  • Level 11
  • Journeyman Blacksmith
  • August 7, 2012, 2:08 pm
I feel stupid. That was a joke, wasn't it? I feel really dumb now.
  • Jesuitical
  • Level 38
  • Artisan Button Pusher
  • August 7, 2012, 2:17 pm
  • Ebrithil
  • Level 10
  • Journeyman Princess
  • August 6, 2012, 6:53 am
Wow. I totally agree with you. :)

Amazing blog, +1 diamond, and I hope a lot of server owners will read this :P
I am a moderator on a server and i have access to all the ban and kick and temp ban commands

the only off the server command i have used is kick and mute but it was because the owner ign:Ibloxman


told me to he was working out the perms
  • Waskomsause
  • Level 26
  • Expert Pokemon
  • August 5, 2012, 8:20 pm
yeah man this i hope will make onwers see whats wrong with there servers

i was once banned for calling the admin a B**** but the reason i did was because of him calling my mother one then he just goes and bans me

that server got team AVO on them i am sure i never went back but i did not see that server on pmc for more then a week before they removed it due to it having no members and them having to shut it down

heh heh heh i report really bad servers to team AVO myself sometimes if you think about it team AVO is a great team of people acting as the law for servers and keeping bad ones from bribing players into liking it
  • Kerrtastic
  • Level 10
  • Journeyman Taco
  • August 5, 2012, 5:48 pm
This is another victory by TheNuk3! Keep it up, I love reading these things! If I was you, I would write more about the same stuff you have been, problems on servers, and some solutions and opinions! Diamonded!
An awesome blog
while i dont own a server i can see this being very usefull to server owners
  • Phrozenbit
  • Level 13
  • Journeyman Miner
  • August 5, 2012, 2:28 pm
" With great power comes great responsibility " hehe, I like this line, I see this every time when I log on to one of my Linux servers as 'root' :D Diamond!
  • Weerdoh
  • Level 48
  • Master Caveman
  • August 5, 2012, 1:20 pm

It is a tough decision when hiring staff, but if you are patient and keep an eye out, you can spot the ones you can trust.....usually :P
That is true.
  • epiczombeh
  • Level 29
  • Expert Zombie
  • August 5, 2012, 1:17 pm
Well said! Diamond for you!
  • Nils1124
  • Level 1
  • New Narwhal
  • August 5, 2012, 12:23 pm
I love your blog. You always come up with important issues in minecraft servers and you always have good solutions. This one brings up a good point about gamemode and other items spawning things because that is very very easy to mess up on and is the worst thing.
  • KrisEike
  • Level 45
  • Master Nether Knight
  • August 5, 2012, 12:09 pm
Nice. Diamonded.

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