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Offline Jakdaw

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Thoughts on 'Rule Policing' and Friendly Play
« on: March 11, 2019, 10:53:31 am »
Thoughts on 'Rule Policing' and Friendly Play

We've got an awesome community here in GZ.  For the most part, you can expect to deal with friendly, mature players, that want nothing more than to have a space to get their zombie/PvP hunting on.  It's because of you all that I was inspired to an Admin.   :)

Because our community cares, many people try to "police" the server in an attempt to help us Admins.  Those efforts don't go unnoticed, and they're appreciated.

But there is a problem: when it goes too far.  Namely, when a person bends the rules, breaks the rules, or otherwise gets so close to breaking them that we have to intervene.  The reason this is a problem is because there ARE people that will abuse the rules in these ways -intentionally or not- and it frequently results in toxic situations where we Admins are forced to make tough decisions on how to mete out justice.

To combat this problem, we need to be clear on our stance towards this:

"If you're going to break a rule, or the spirit of a rule, you're putting yourself at risk.  All infractions are taken seriously."

What does this mean for me?

If you are a troublemaker that is trying to stir the pot for your own personal amusement, you best watch out.  YES, we pay attention.  YES, we know who you are.  YES, we will come down on you if you continue to make trouble.  Please don't make us do that.  We want you to enjoy the server, too.

If you are a well-meaning player trying to do your part for the community, don't stop caring!  You're why this server works.  But when there's a problem, consider taking steps that protect you, the other players, and the server.  Here's some helpful tips:

  • DO Politely remind players of the rules.  Encourage them to re-read them on the forums.  If you misquote a rule on accident, consider re-reading them yourself!

  • DO Be respectful.  Smack talk is part of our server, and we all enjoy it sometimes, but it's not always easy to see when someone is mad until they're already throwing grief at you.  If you're upset, or you think the other person is, just stop the conversation.  Go kill some zombies, dig some holes.  Take a break from the game, maybe dump out that bottle of suspicious yellow liquid you had under the desk...  And if the other person(s) start getting mean, report it.

  • DO Report issues to your Admin.  You don't need to say anything to anyone else about it.  Frankly, you're just feeding the trolls whenever you say "Reported."  But if there is a problem, PM one of us in the forums or Discord (Discord is better).  Get a timestamp, take screenshots, add co-ords, and add any other info you think is relevant to your report.  Then - and this is important- LET IT GO!   We promise we'll deal with the problem ASAP (especially if it has affected your gameplay somehow), but if you stay hung up on the problem, it will only make you more upset.

  • DON'T Knowingly break a rule.  For example, some of our worst offenders are people that retrieve vehicles/bags for players.  That's awfully sweet, but it's also how items get stolen.  Just report it.  Hell, send us co-ords and we'll <3 you forever!

  • DON'T Get defensive.  Oh my goodness, you guys can be fierce!  But you're not making GZ look any better than other servers when you get super-hostile to people (no matter how much they deserve it).

  • DON'T Threaten people with Admins.  Nevermind the fact that you're putting words in our mouths, but we may not always agree with your assessment of a problem, or how we should deal with it.  This is a (mostly) open server, and sometimes you'll survive the apocalypse with people you just don't like.  That doesn't mean we should block everyone you dislike for your sake.  It's not fair when you scare off players from the server, especially when you're not the one paying for it!

Damnit, Jakdaw!  TL:DR  Just say it simply!

1) If you're breaking a rule, you could get in trouble, no matter how good your intentions are.
2) If you see a problem, report it. PM us on Discord, and provide info!

Thank you very much for you attention on this matter!  /endrant
“Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.”
― Douglas Adams, Last Chance to See

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Offline Reyven

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Re: PSA: Regarding attempts to "Help" other players.
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2019, 11:33:41 am »
Well said! Aside from excellent Admins, our player community is what makes GZ the exceptional server that it is! Common sense and manners go along way and usually that is the norm for our server. I hope to see that continue! :)

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Re: PSA: Regarding attempts to "Help" other players.
« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2019, 04:07:06 pm »
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