Recent events and our stance on trolls

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Highwon, Apr 14, 2014.

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  1. Highwon

    Highwon Owner VIP Silver

    So many of you are wondering where all these new conflict of interest bans are coming from. Before I begin explaining I want to share a little about the hardships of running a server.

    When I first started this server, I had to make some really hard decisions for the best interest of the community. This is one of the reasons most servers fail early on. It's putting the community before your friends. A lot of servers start with a group of friends and they promptly end that way because one or more of the friends is not a good fit for the administration of the server and they don't want to demote their own friends. When this community first started, we had some great dedicated admins that helped me run this place and make it what it is today. I am eternally grateful for their help and consider them my close friends however I had to make the hard decision of demoting them when it was in the servers best interest. It was some of the hardest demotions I had to hand out but essentially it was what was best for the community.

    Being a server owner isn't just about reading suggestions, reports and appeals while adding content, maps & weapons. It's also about making a conscious decision on the future of the community. While to some it may seem I am not very involved with the server, its actually the complete opposite. I spend a lot of time running things in the back end and making decisions that I feel will further grow and help this community. Sometimes these decisions are hard and take a lot of thought and time.

    I would like to think of myself as a reasonable person. I don't lightly hand out permanent bans. Some of my admins have requested permanent bans many times that I have denied. You also have to understand that a permanent ban is not necessarily permanent but more so banned until the administration deems fit for their return to the community. I have revoked over 60+ permanent bans. I have reduced five times that amount of bans.

    As a community we tend to evolve and I hope it's for the better. In the past we have been very lenient with trolls and they have made returns only to get themselves banned again. In recent events, one of these trolls managed to get a hold of login credentials to one of our staff e-mail & steam accounts. They used this account to join the server they were permanently banned on. They obviously did this with the help of others which is why now we are taking a much harsher stance on trolls and their associates.

    It pains me to have to ban several members of our community, some which you may like more than others. However I feel for the future of our server & community, this is in our best interest. I want to be as transparent as possible regarding these recent events but in order to not further damage our goal of getting rid of these trolls, I would have to keep certain details confined to just our administration. I hope you guys believe in us and trust us to do the right thing.

    If you have any issues, concerns or feedback regarding these turn of events, please keep them contained in this thread. As a community we discuss things and come to conclusions that we all deem necessary for our best interests.

    Thank you for your time,
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  2. Snak

    Snak Banned

    You do a better job then any other server owner I've involved myself with, this not being my first community I was with, the first two community's eventually came to a rugged end due too the staff not agreeing with eachother, your able to manage it and keep most people happy, can't ask for much more!
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  3. Angelx

    Angelx Always Innocent VIP

    You're only human Highwon, everyone has there breaking point because there's only so much one person can take,don't let these things get to ya.

    Sometimes you gotta cut off your finger to save your hand.
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  4. Mr. Disco

    Mr. Disco Jeff Lynne is a musical genius. VIP

    I see. Thanks for explaining.
    Keep up the good work.

    Thank you VERY much,
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  5. ZeRo

    ZeRo :sneaky: Banned VIP Silver

    Highwon, I've seen some of the stuff you've had to do and I truly respect you for what you've done. You're one of the best owners I've ever seen manage a community and servers. Thank you for your work and time. :)

    We should make this post a sticky so everyone can see it if they ever come to visit. Just saying.
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  6. Highwon, what you said is truly right, when I joined this server I didn't know I would find a glistening and bright community inside, I didn't know I would find so many mature and responsible admins, and this is made true through your mature and justifying decisions
  7. Kythol

    Kythol ok Moderator VIP

    Don't worry about what people think about the way you work Highwon! You're the reason this server is what it is today. The mods and admins have helped make it a better place, but you're the person that fuels all of the decisions and make the hard changes and decision that make this server what it is. Sure we may have lost some great friends in the past day, but we have to remember that it will be for the better of the community.
  8. The Don

    The Don VIP

    ive always loved how this server is so well maintained that when someone leaves everyone is so sad and the only way that can be achieved is with amazing managment skills that I wish I had. thanks for the community and i hope its on for many more years :)
  9. shadowdragoon66

    shadowdragoon66 hic sunt draconis VIP

    Just so you know, I stand by all the staff 100% no matter what my role may be in the community. I may not be able to do much, but I am here to help lend a hand as needed, or just be someone to talk to if you are feeling down. This is by far my favorite community because of how close-knit everyone is and I will support it for as long as the community keeps running, even if it is only moral support :D
  10. Krys

    Krys Gives Explosive Hugs VIP

    I wouldn't be here as a staff member if it wasn't for what you've done for this server and community.
  11. BreakCustoms

    BreakCustoms The Lovely Son Of Carned VIP

    Thank you highwon for creating this community :) I'm glad to be apart of it
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