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  Discord Update June 2020
Posted by: Avi - 06-09-2020, 03:14 AM - Forum: News and Announcements - Replies (4)

Hello all, Im here to bring you a Discord update.  There have been a few changes that I need to share.

The ranks for the Discord Staff team have been changed slightly.  We now have a system in place: Discord Helper, Discord Moderator, and Discord Admin.  When you apply for Discord Staff, you will now be required to start at Discord Helper and move up to Discord Moderator via application (yes you will have to apply for both ranks).  Discord Helpers are going to be a new role introduced that acts as a training rank for incoming Discord Staff.  This role will have basic perms to help them learn moderation, while Discord Moderator will stay the same as it was.  With this addition, pinging Discord Moderator will no longer work, however, the role will be changed to Discord Staff to better reflect this change.  Discord Admin (myself), will serve as the lead for the Discord Staff team, and keep the staff team in order.  The expectations for these roles can be found here.  

There is now a Ban Request Section on the forums!  It was noted that there wasn't one, so with help I went through and made a new section for that with the format thread as well as an archive.  Don't forget there is a reporting function on the Discord as well if you don't want to use the forums to make a report.  

The only currently known issue is the bot relay channels not functioning all of the time.  Part of this may be the bot being rate limited or issues connecting to the servers, and I will look into it more.

I will be adding a master server info channel to the Discord that will have information about all of the Dink servers and important threads/info for each one.  This will be coming soon.  Also, I am still encouraging people to apply for Discord Staff as we've had some recent resignations.  If you are interested, feel free to apply (making sure you meet requirements and understand the expectations), and if you have any questions, feel free to dm me on Discord (Avi#4653).

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  June Update
Posted by: matt_st3 (Strongrule) - 06-09-2020, 02:31 AM - Forum: News and Announcements - No Replies

Some updates will be mentioned in the log, but these are some of the important updates coming in June that are not forum maintenance. 

The forum ranks have received several updates. Visually the mod+ ranks should now accurately reflect the star system. Mods have 5 stars, admins have 6, and co - owners / forum admins have 7. This will reflect the access and responsibility each rank will have on the forums. More details below. 

Discord staff ranks have been created for the forums to reflect the ranks in the main discord. The discord and forum staff teams are separate from the server staff teams and are undergoing some reconstruction. Avi will post more about the exact details of the discord rework. For forums the discord admin will have the same access as server admins and the discord mods will have limited access to their forum section. 

Forum staffing will be reworked and finalized over the next couple of weeks. A document will come out on how certain staff members will be responsible for certain areas and how warnings will be given. 

An important note is that forum staffing will be more sectional. The various mods and admins will have the responsibility to staff their sections. Admins still have the same access to the majority of the forums on an as needed basis but will staff their sections primarily. The forum team will continue to watch the full site and push fixes. Web admin has been cleaned up; anyone with the web admin rank going forward will be a specific member of the forum team. 

Warnings will now be given for each action taken by the admins. If a message is deleted, it will receive the respective warning as a reason. This is to insure that all actions taken have uniform consequences and that all actions taken are in line with the forum rules. Guidelines will be posted to help the staff enforce the rules and apply the correct warnings. The warnings are also important to keep on top of as they can automatically moderate, suspend posting, and ban. The triggering values may be tweaked as we go forward.

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Information [TTT] 2020 Rule Revisions
Posted by: Nicol Bolas - 05-20-2020, 07:11 PM - Forum: News and Announcements - No Replies

Hello everyone! I've been slowly working on rewording, shortening, and clarifying the current TTT rules. Right now they're quite large and a large section of the MOTD hasn't been updated or worked on for a considerably long time as the rules are very old. After taking community suggestions, as well as feedback from matt_st3 (Strongrule), Gabe, and Tedgp908 I've finally finished working on the current TTT MOTD and have gotten approval from Dink. Starting on 5/22/20, the current MOTD/Rules will be replaced with the new revised version. You can take a look at this now:

Click Here
Current list of changes:

  1. Most of the punishments and staff-specific instructions have been moved to the staff guidelines. This helps shorten the MOTD a lot. This is by far the largest change
  2. Reworded a lot of the current rules to help better clarify things.
  3. Karma-baiting is now a clearly defined and punishable act with a set list of punishments.
  4. Trapping players with the shield gun is now kosable after warning, just like the grappling hook.
  5. Following is now KOSable pre-overtime. 3 warnings+ample time between them is required. Due to the subjective nature of this rule, 3 warnings is currently the best way to implement it. If this rule is abused or misused it will likely be removed.  
  6. Knowingly contributing to traitor objectives is now listed as KOSable, as previously it was listed under SUS-only.
  7. Refusing/Hindering a Detective’s ability to gather DNA is now listed as a Sus action

These changes have shortened the MOTD from 8 pages to barely 6. Any further changes can always be added, so any suggestions, comments, or concerns can be posted to this thread here. Feel free to discuss this there as well.

Again, these changes will take affect on 5/22/20, not immediately. This allows time for people to adjust and review the new rule changes without having to worry about breaking them. Staff will be told to be relatively lax on punishing breaking these new rules for the first week or so to allow the player-base to adjust. 

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  DR and Murder Staff sponsorship
Posted by: Izuna - 04-08-2020, 09:39 PM - Forum: News and Announcements - Replies (1)

With the player base of murder and Deathrun increasing, we also need to increase the amount of staff for those two gamemodes. TTT used to have a thing called sponsors on the staff applications, where they needed a high ranking staff to sponsor them. While I don't know how exactly how it worked, after talking to Dink about this, we're bringing this over to DR and murder (at his suggestion). How it's going to work is this: A person can request or be given a recommendation from a mod OR higher rank, to which they can apply for staff without meeting any of the time requirements. What this means they don't need to reach the 40 hours for DR or the 50 hours needed for murder, as well as the time needed in the community (week for DR, month for muder). They'll still need to do the other requirements like follow the format and have an introduction (for DR). This is to do a couple of things; One) it gets the person onto the forums making it easier to @ them if say a report is filed on them, and two) to see what the community thinks of them. This isn't going to be a permanent thing, this is here till both servers are deemed to have a decent amount of active staff.

This is a system to bring more people on to the staff team, not a system to bring friends on it.
This is NOT a requirement to have one to apply for staff.

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  New Beginnings, and Other Bad Titles for an Admin Introduction
Posted by: Nicol Bolas - 02-23-2020, 04:40 PM - Forum: News and Announcements - Replies (16)

The Time Has Come

But seriously, hey everyone. I’ve been discussing things with Dink for awhile now and have decided to take on the mantle of Admin. I’m grateful for the promotion and hope to help the server as much as I can. I want to do my part in making the server a better place for everyone. I promise I won’t make this super long as I’m not as eloquent nor full of historical references  as @Gabe was. I’ll also attempt to not be super ranty (no promises on that ). 

One of the largest issues I’ve noticed as of late is a disconnect between Dink, Higher Staff, and the Regular players. This isn’t a new issue, nor is it an easy fix. I’ll work hard with @Avi  to look for potential fixes to this otherwise large issue. I will try my best to be as open as possible about server issues, additions, and removals. One idea I had recently was optional pingable game roles (ttt,ph,dr,murder) for discord announcements. Right now the discord announcement tab is fairly useless as nobody can see an announcement unless they specifically look. More on that later though. 

On the TTT side of ideas and additions, I am actively looking for new Traitor and Detective items and have also recently pushed a map update and created new mapvote thumbnails. I want to be super open about everything I do and I hope to unveil some more ideas, fixes, and additions in the coming months and I am very excited to do so. On another note; Everyjuan, our co-owner, has also recently been more active and is helping fix several issues server-side and has also done quite well. Just for example: Old logs are now working again! While a small thing for regular players, for staff this was an amazingly helpful fix.

 On the subject of our owner. We know Dink hasn’t been very vocal recently, but it isn’t the end of the world. Some of you believe he doesn’t care and hates us. This isn’t true, Dink loves this community more than anyone here. He’s doing his hardest to fix issues across all four servers whilst handling IRL stuff and he is doing a good job. For those who wish to read it, I’ll link a screenshot of a post from Darkkran that really helps put things into the perspective of a server owner. Read it sometime, it helps.

When I first began discussing the possibility of being Admin with Dink, he was very hesitant about promoting me. Is this because he thought I wasn’t knowledgeable enough or responsible enough? No. He was hesitant because he didn’t want me to receive all the hate and toxicity that comes with being in this position. The way Dink sees it; staff, especially the admins, are put on a pedestal and constantly criticized. They receive hate for every little thing and are blamed for issues that no single person or rank should be blamed for. It just wears people down. 
Staff are people too. We make mistakes, we laugh and cry, we forget things, we’re dumb. This is all completely okay.

People bending rules, hating staff, abusing power, causing drama, and overall being toxic break the community we love. While I may not have been here as long as a lot of you, I still love this community and everyone in it. I want to help make this a better place for both regular players and staff. I’ve done a large part to stay out of drama, whether it be in discord or the forums, but now as one of the leaders of this community, I can no longer do that. I fully take responsibility for this however and will do everything I can along with Avi to help resolve any and all issues that come against our community.

Now I’m sure I’ve forgotten some things I wanted to talk about, and probably could have worded a lot of this way better, but the main thing I wish to state here out of everything else in this announcement is quite simple:

This is a gaming community. We come here for fun, whether it be with friends or alone. Sometimes you need to take a step back and realize that everyone here just wants to play a game and have fun. Chill out, relax, and have fun. Thank you

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  TTT News Bulletin: January
Posted by: Avi - 02-01-2020, 03:09 AM - Forum: News and Announcements - Replies (1)

The TTT News Bulletin: January

It's that time again for some TTT updates (and a discord update too)!  

@Gabe has sent Dink a list of maps to add and remove (thank you to those who suggested, compiled the list, and tested those) including some rearm scripts, as well as a suggestion to increase the cool down for map voting slightly to allow more maps to be played.  All of that can be seen here.

The jumppack has been a hot topic in the TTT server for quite some time now.  We tested changing the jumppack's power from it's original value (12) to 8 then 10 during the span of a day but received mixed feedback from players.  With that, we are exploring other possible options to address issues with the current jumppack values.

There are several things to talk about with weapons.  First, let's address the double hitreg issue that is back.  I've noticed a couple of complaints about it now, and have seen some posts regarding this issue.  Thank you to those that have brought forth video and other complaints about this and we will look into getting this fixed again.  Second, weapon changes are live on the server.  Thank you to those that worked on making weapon changes and to those that helped test those on the test server.  Third, when you hover over weapons on the server, it now allows you to click a button to trade weapons, and click alt to see stats for those weapons.  And finally, some people have noted that certain weapons are spawning on maps that are typically shop only weapons.  This has been acknowledged and will be looked into.

Discord Updates
I know that this is a TTT bulletin, but please be aware of some changes happening with the Discord Moderator rank and things happening overall in Discord found here.

Suggestions and Help
Please continue to make suggestions on what you want to see changed and improved on the server.  We will continue to filter through these, and pass along issues to Dink as they come up.  For now this is the update, feel free to leave a question/comment/concern below on any of these topics and I will try to address them as soon as I can.

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  Discord Update
Posted by: Avi - 02-01-2020, 03:05 AM - Forum: News and Announcements - Replies (18)

Hello everyone!  I wanted to bring attention to some new things happening with the discord server, and make you all aware of some new features that have been implemented.

First, let's discuss the new bot that was added for moderation, Auttaja.  This bot has many useful moderation commands, and some random commands for users to use as well.  Feel free to check out what commands this bot has by typing -help in the #bot-shit channel.  

With this bot, I have implemented a new punishment system, following an escalated punishment trend, which also includes 3 strikes being a temporary mute and 5 strikes being a soft ban.  This bot also has auto moderation features which will allow many things to be auto detected and removed, in which Discord Moderators can give out appropriate punishments based on what was deleted.  

We now have a report system with this bot as well.  This will make it so you don't have to find an admin/discord moderator to dm about issues, but rather send a report in so all the discord staff can have access to it to discuss the issue at hand.  This report system is only to report other users in the discord server for discord related issues, not for issues on the Gmod server.  Information on how to use the report system can be found in #discord-user-reports in the discord server.  Please note that reports are NOT for joking around with, so please don't make false/joke reports against other users.  If you do choose to report a user, please try to provide evidence when prompted by the bot to do so.

There are a couple of features that are to be determined that may be added in the future if there is interest in them from the community.  One is Voice Roles, which allows a user to join a voice channel, receive a role, and be able to unlock a text channel that only users in the voice channel can see.  This allows for more organized conversation.  The other is a Starboard.  This will allow users to react to messages/images in the discord, and after a certain amount of reactions, the message/image will be embedded in a designated channel for everyone to see.  If you have feedback on either of these features feel free to leave a comment below.

The second topic of discussion is the Discord Moderator position.  As a recent issue came to light in another discord community I am a part of, we are currently not allowing anyone under the age of 18 to be a Discord Moderator.  I know that this will make the pool of potential candidates smaller, but for TOS reasons and until we figure out a better solution to how things are set up, this restriction will be in place (I am sorry for anyone under 18 that is interested in the position, but please bear with me while I figure this issue out).

With all of that covered, I would like to encourage people to apply for Discord Moderator if they are interested.  I know we still have "pending" applications from the original pool, and I will filter through those and see what we have for them as well.  The application format can be found here.

Finally, if you have any suggestions for the discord, please let me know in the comments below or shoot me a DM on discord.  I know there have been specific complaints about things, and I am open to working with you all to find solutions, and hopefully this is a step in the right direction.

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  TTT News Bulletin - December
Posted by: Hani - 12-28-2019, 10:35 PM - Forum: News and Announcements - Replies (4)

The TTT News Bulletin 12/28/19

Happy holidays, everyone. I hope you all are having a good break so far as the year ends. 

I'm here to announce a few changes being made or that have already been made.

Rule Changes

Hopefully most of us have noticed by now that we changed the test or kos rule we had. Now detectives can only call test or sus during round, and may be able to call test or kos in overtime. The same requirements still apply when a detective tries to test (Calling the name of the player that is close to the detective AND tester with ample time given).

Also, we still have the no spoiler one month grace period rule for the new Star Wars movie active. This will be lifted on 01/19/2020. 

Staff Application Additions

The upper staff have felt that there's only so much that we can go off from the current staff applications. The questions such as, "Why do you want to help the community?" or "What can you do to help the community?" can only give us so much information on the level of competency an individual has. While we have the time requirements for staff application committee's to vote, it's not like we can be there at all times to see if someone could handle their desired staff rank. We want to make sure you guys are prepared.

@Gabe and I have been working on a sort of followup after an application is made. Three google forms have been made for each rank where the applicant will answer a number and variety of questions. As serious and maybe even extreme as this may sound, the person is completely fine to look at the MOTD to help them. 
I will iterate here though, that you may NOT ask others to help you answer the questions. If you are caught doing so, we will deny your application. 
These are designed to assess your preliminary ability to handle certain situations and test your knowledge. You must work independently.

The kinds of questions that there will be:

  1. Trusted - 3 RDM report questions. 
  2. Test Mods - 2 Harassment + 2 Situational report questions.
  3. Moderators - 3 Ban questions (One on handling ban requests) + 2 Situational questions. 
* Answer the questions individually and carefully. 
** We will not be needing/seeing your emails from the google forms. 
*** Your answers will only be shown to the appropriate committee that handles which ever staff rank applications. 

Future Plans / Conclusion

I'd like to wrap this up with what we intend on doing, which is looking at the jump pack and testing it out when we have the ability to do so. We are listening to your complaints and suggestions, so feel free to share if you have an idea that would be beneficial to the community/server.
Hope you all have a good new year!

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  The TTT News Bulletin: November
Posted by: Avi - 11-24-2019, 08:49 PM - Forum: News and Announcements - Replies (2)

The TTT News Bulletin 11/24/19

Hello everyone!  I’m here to make an update thread for the TTT server to share some new additions/changes that have happened since our last update.

New Playermodels
As you may have seen on server, we have some new player models!  These were added to replace some of the older player models that were removed previously.  We have added Giorno, Alucard, Deadshot, and Harley Quinn.  These player models can be found in the regular pointshop, one in the premium pointshop, and one in the model crate.

New Traitor Item
A new version of the poison dart gun has replaced the old version in the T shop. This version has three darts, and you can choose between three types of darts: poison, mute, and blind.  If you find any issues or bugs with this new dart gun, please report them on the forums, discord, or to a staff member.

New Maps
We are currently deciding on new maps for the server!  The Suggestions Team went through the list of suggested maps and tested ones that would work with the server.  Feel free to vote for maps you want to see and add any questions or concerns you have on the thread. You can find that thread here

Hit Reg
Previously, the TTT server had a hit reg addon that was designed to improve the standard Garry’s Mod hit registration.  With a recent update to this addon, the hit reg addon was readded to the main server.  If you notice any issues or bugs with this current update, please reach out on the forums or discord or to the staff so we can address these issues.

Strike System
Today a new system was implemented for TTT staff that’s based on a three-strike system to help the admins address issues in the staff system and keep a record of incidents that occur.  To reiterate to all TTT staff, this is NOT going to be something where strikes are handed out left and right. The list provided in the thread is a set of guidelines for admins to consider when giving verbal warnings and strikes.  We can still choose to give warnings and such as we see fit without the strike, hence why it will be a case by case decision.  The thread pertaining to this new Strike System can be found here.

This is it for the updates.  If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them on this thread or reach out in dms.  And finally, I wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving for those that celebrate and safe travels!

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  The TTT News Bulletin
Posted by: Gabe - 10-17-2019, 10:20 PM - Forum: News and Announcements - Replies (7)

The TTT News Bulletin Episode 1: A New Beginning

Greetings and salutations folks,

I apologize for the corny thread name.. if anyone else has any suggestions for these new regular updates please let me know...

Halloween is quickly closing in on us, so that means it's time for some spooky updates! Before we get to that, just a few general announcements.

  1. This has been an issue for a while, but there has been a bit of a disconnect between staff and players, and we would to close that gap as much as possible. Going forward we will try our best to try to eliminate a lot of the confusion from the get-go. we want to be as honest, transparent, and approachable as possible, and I'm sure the rest of the staff feel the same way.
  2. For those that do not know already, we have a test server located at to test out some new things that could possibly be added to the server. The test server is there for the purpose of the community providing feedback and suggestions, so test away.
  3. A little over a month ago, @queef commando and I launched our prototype version of the "Committee" system in order to move away from the perception of an autocratic rule by the Admins when it comes to things like unban requests and staff apps. We have been monitoring the system and have found it to be pretty good so far. But with every prototype, you are bound to run into some kinks and issues to work out, so that is something we are going to workout to perfect the system in the coming weeks. I will also be making a more in-depth document regarding the committees so it clearly lays out its purpose, Admin oversight, internal rules for committee members, expectations, etc.

New Additions to TTT Upper Staff!

After much shuffling of upper staff and resignations of upper staff, I am pleased to announce two new additions to the TTT Admin team! We've monitored several candidates over the past few months and have chosen two individuals that exemplify everything we seek in an upper staff member. We currently do pretty well defined rules and procedures but we lack is a functional Upper Staff Team. So what we need is a strong team of Admins that can get the often stressful job done. One of my many favorite quotes comes from that of James E Baker. Mr Baker says, "law and process provide an opportunity for success, but do not guarantee results." Mr. Baker then goes on to list that leadership, culture, personality, and good luck are just as important as the law itself, which I firmly agree with and think it applies well here in choosing new Admins in regards to having good leadership, cultures, personalities, and a hint of good luck can help prevent future issues that may arise, and these two individuals have demonstrated time and time again these traits. On top of that these people are also smart, diligent, and knows how to think for themselves. These two individuals are:

both of these people have been role models to our players and lower staff members. On top of being an Admin, they will also serve in the dual capacity as a Committee Leader to provide oversight along with the other current Admins. Now that we are back to a sustainable number of Admins there should always be one that is around when others cycle in and out of activity.  

side note to those that keep pestering me to update staff list: I was waiting for this to happen and will get to it soon.
Prototype Weapons Update

Our fabulous makeshift R&D team of @Christian and formerly @Laced Xanax have been working with Dinkleberg and @Everyjuan  sparingly for the past couple months on pushing out a new weapons update aimed at finally attempting to balance weapons, which to put bluntly will never be perfectly balanced the way everyone wants. Christian already made a thread about this here so I won't type another long paragraph here. After hearing some feedback from the test server, this prototype update will be released tomorrow on the main server. if there are problems with ANY weapon please comment it on Christian's thread or tell an Admin, but there shouldn't be anything too game-breaking in a balancing update... right?

Again, this is just a prototype and more changes to to come.
Halloween Items

So this part is pretty self-explanatory. Our suggestions committee will be working towards getting some new Halloween skins/items out that can be added to our annual exclusive Halloween crate. So they have to be Halloween themed or close to it. I will be making a thread right after this for skin suggestions. Sorry @"TheUltraFish", I'm copying and pasting your thread. So credit where credit is due.
General Server Performance Updates

So not promising anything here but this is something that has been haunting us for a while and we will try to fix some of the big issues here with server performance and quality. Y'all have heard this speech so many times so I'm not going to repeat myself, you know what the big issues are.
Future Plans and Conclusions

Perhaps this newsletter kinda thing can be done every month or so... depending on if anything noteworthy comes up that should be communicated. As far as future plans go, we can't predict the future but expect some more positive things to come. Happy Halloween. I apologize for any typos in here wanted to get this out quickly. I guess I will leave this thread open. Don't make me regret it. You guys know the rules... don't shitpost and all that jazz.

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