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  PH News Bulletin 8/1/20
Posted by: Sarcasm Guaranteed - 08-01-2020, 05:46 PM - Forum: News and Announcements - No Replies

Another month has gone by in this interesting year to say the least. Here are updates of everything that has taken place on the PH side of things. Not many changes have occurred this month but that isn't a bad thing.

Shout to @unfortunatepossum for being Staff Member of the Month, it is well-deserved.

PH added a new role in the Staff Discord called Staff Trainers. The tile explains the role pretty well. It is mainly aimed for staff who become staff for the first time to hopefully have it so that they aren't just thrown into situations that they don't know how to handle. This could be applied to other roles, but is mainly aimed for individuals who have not staffed before. Since this is a new role I only selected two staff members for the role that are well known in the community and have shown to be capable of staffing throughout their tenure here. Those two are @[Yellow] Travis1421 and Starling.

Illegal spots list and staff list were updated per usual. As spots are always being discussed.

@[Yellow] Travis1421 was promoted to Test Mod and Aki was promoted to Trusted.

@Alora resigned from PH and every other role she had Dink's she was given Donor+


That is all I have from July updates. Thank you to the staff team and community for sticking around.

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  Taking the Mantle
Posted by: dong - 07-18-2020, 12:53 PM - Forum: News and Announcements - Replies (18)

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Good afternoon everyone, the possibility of my promotion has been something very exciting for me and wasn't aware of it until after I came back from my beach trip. I have a lot of great ideas that Nicol and I could work on and try to implement and I'm looking forward to working with him. 

As Nicol stated in his promotion thread, I've still noticed a little disconnect in some of the staff saying that they feel like their voice isn't being heard, and I promise you we will work on that. We are a team, everyone's opinion is valuable I can assure you that. 

As you all know, or have seen rather Matt and Avi are officially leaving.. This is something that deeply saddens me and I hope this post doesn't take aware their moment, but I promise to them that I will not let them down. Matt took a chance on me way back in 2018 by sponsoring my first Trusted app, essentially he was my mentor. And Avi has been a good friend to me for god knows how long. But the main thing is that I will not let this community down. I'm going to take into account events and posts that have happened recently and see what we can improve on. This place has been a home to me for the entirety of my time here and all I can do is really thank all of you. I will never forget where I came from.

This is essentially the short and sweet version of what I wanted to say.

Thank you for everything, 
ding dong

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  [TTT] Staff Inconsistency and Future Plans.
Posted by: Nicol Bolas - 07-14-2020, 02:13 PM - Forum: News and Announcements - No Replies

Hello everyone. These past few months have been quite rough for everyone I'm sure. I stated in my thread a few weeks ago, one of the largest issues that seems to be present within the community is a disconnect between the general community as well as inconsistency within how staff members moderate the server. Staff Inconsistency has been a problem for far longer than I have been a member of this community. However as the current TTT Admin, I take full responsibility now for all issues and mistakes caused by the team I am in charge of. 

It has recently come to my attention that certain staff members have caused an issue deemed unbefitting of how TTT staff members should act. While I debated keeping this issue an upper staff issue, I do still believe in being open about how I administrate the server and it's staff. The details concerning this issue however, will remain private due to respect of those involved. The two staff members involved are not required in any way to disclose the details of the issue, and I do ask all members of this community to not pry into information that is not your business as a sign of respect for your fellow community members. As of today, Noire will be demoted to the rank of Test Moderator and will be receiving a strike for recent actions. Jack will also be receiving a strike but will retain his rank. Both staff members have acknowledged their mistakes and I do hope we can move on and learn from this to become better staff members and individuals.

As I am the sole TTT Admin, I am in charge of ensuring the staff team are the role models of the server. A staff member is held to a higher standard than the rest of the community because of their position in being these role models, and I want to ensure all staff members receive the support necessary to do well. I do believe that being aware of the problems facing staff as an Admin, especially the sole Admin, is a step in correcting any mistakes that my predecessors made, intentional or not. This is why, in the coming weeks, I will be doing my best to work on the issue of inconsistency. While there will never be a perfect solution, as many of the rules of TTT require staff discretion, I will begin working on revamping how we train staff members.

I will be discussing my plans, taking suggestions, and working with our current TTT staff to find a system that works to place all staff members on the same page. This can also constitute retraining as well as adding to the current staff guidelines. In addition to how we train staff members, I will also be working on our Awarn tool, as there are quite a few parts I am generally unhappy with. Many community members have come forward to me with their complaints, thoughts, and opinions concerning the use of the tool. I take every suggestion seriously and I do appreciate all those who strive to help improve our server. 


I've decided to leave this closed, as the punishments given are not up for discussion I'm afraid. As Admin I have to be the one to make the difficult decisions to help our community function. I take no pride in handling punishments and I do hope you understand. If anyone in the community has any suggestions, opinions, concerns, or other comments please feel free to message me on discord and I promise I will respond.

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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.

Ranks
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.  

Forums
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.  

Issues
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.

Other
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: Alora - 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)!  

Maps
@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.

Jumppack
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.

Weapons
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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