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  1. title says it all. which one you got?
  2. don’t ask strange questions
  3. The Moderation Team is constantly fluctuating with new members joining and old members departing, that is a constant lifecycle it will have to endure. However, recently the numbers had dwindled and few were stepping up to the plate. It was only after a recently posted recruitment drive announced by @Zacho that we had applications coming in faster than we could keep up. It was with careful deliberation that we chose the large handful who would continue onto the interview stage. EXCITEDLY - Having one of the most compelling interviews it was evident that we would miss out on an incredible opportunity if we did not bring Excitedly onto the team. With his quick and well-thought responses we have high expectations for what’s to come from this new addition. THE60TH - His continuous work as a Tech Team member was not only noticed through IntelliJ IDEA and the plugins he produced. He has proven himself competent at taking note of issues within our systems and critiquing them with thorough and well thought out solutions. TABBY64 - It’s Tabby's incredible potential that brought him up to the plate of being brought onto the Moderation Team. This, accompanied by his exceedingly helpful and fresh look on the server made us sure that his future on the Moderation team is bright. TWANDHI - For his consistent work done on the Community Team and remarkable amount of claimed Community-Req’s completed, Twandhi has shown he has what it takes to join the ranks of Moderation and assist the server with this greater responsibility. Thanks!
  4. i was gonna hide the post but i think it's warranted
  5. Frill— I agree with everything you've written. I hope to make changes to the policy that can more precisely reflect our processes and goal of protecting our community. At that, I have unhidden & unlocked the post to open discussion for anyone that wants to offer their advice on how we can improve our policies.
  6. @import url('https://fonts.googleapis.com/css2?family=Lora&display=swap'); @import url('https://fonts.googleapis.com/css2?family=PT+Serif&display=swap'); #custom h1 { font-family: 'PT Serif', serif; line-height: 1; } #custom h2 { font-family: 'PT Serif', serif; line-height: 1; font-size: 24px; color: #3586b5; } #custom h3 { font-family: 'PT Serif', serif; line-height: 1; margin-bottom: 0.5em; font-size:18px; color: #448db8; text-decoration-line: underline; text-decoration-style: dashed; } #custom p { font-family: 'Lora', serif; line-height: 1.6; margin-bottom: 1em; font-size:16px; } Hi everyone, The safety of every player in the LotC and Minecraft communities is important to me, as it is for every administrator. In our team’s past, we’ve struggled to build a policy on this matter and given the sensitive nature of these reports we’ve always kept our procedure internal. It has evolved over time, and we feel now that it is time to share it with you. We can do better—exposé posts about inappropriate relationships between players should not force our hand to enact a ban, we need to be proactive and transparent about this process. Critically, victims need to know that they are safe to come forward with a commitment to confidentiality, and without repercussions. Starting today, we are publicizing our safety policy to address our processes, and allow for transparency but also criticism. Our safety policy aims to shed light, provide support, and answer questions that have been left open-ended and unanswered for too long. https://lordofthecraft.net/safety/ This policy provides guidance on how to handle safety violations and protect this community. We also include various concepts that we feel are important to learn and understand in the context of LotC and the internet, including links to external resources for education and victim assistance. It is thanks to the efforts and contributions of members of the community that we can now have this safety policy. There is never a “final” copy—the policy is a living document tailored to our community, instead we want to revise and improve it over time. Please do not hesitate to reach out to any member of the administration to share your thoughts on this policy. We want to hear from you, if you have something to say then we want to hear it. Thank you, Alex, and the LotC Administration
  7. itdontmatta


    Safety Resources North America National Resources for Victims of Crime <https://victimsofcrime.org/> Love is Respect <https://www.loveisrespect.org/get-relationship-help/local-resources/> RAINN’s Sexual Harrassment Resources: <https://www.rainn.org/ThatsHarassment> (RAINN will aid to international survivors and speak both Spanish and English.) Stalking Resources Center: <https://victimsofcrime.org/stalking-resource-center/> Male Survivor <https://malesurvivor.org/index.php> Types of Relationships <https://www.sexandu.ca/sexual-activity/types-of-relationships/> Canada Resources for Youth <https://www.canada.ca/en/public-safety-canada/campaigns/online-child-sexual-exploitation/resources-for-youth.html> Europe UK - The Survivor’s Trust <https://www.thesurvivorstrust.org/> UK - Relate <https://www.relate.org.uk/> UK - Rape Crisis <https://rapecrisis.org.uk/about-us/> Women Against Violence Europe: <https://wave-network.org/> MeToo <https://metoorising.withgoogle.com/resources> Australia Full Stop <https://fullstop.org.au/> Government of South Australia Resources <https://www.voc.sa.gov.au/help-and-resources/support-services/sexual-assault-support-services>
  8. Safety Resources In this section, we offer explanations in the context of LotC to questions of consent, age of consent, grooming, and sexual harassment. What is Consent? “Sexual consent is an agreement to participate in a sexual activity. Before being sexual with someone, you need to know if they want to be sexual with you too. It’s also important to be honest with your partner about what you want and don’t want. Consenting and asking for consent are all about setting your personal boundaries and respecting those of your partner — and checking in if things aren’t clear. Both people must agree to sex — every single time — for it to be consensual. Without consent, sexual activity (including oral sex, genital touching, and vaginal or anal penetration) is sexual assault or rape. Consent is easy as FRIES: Freely given. Consenting is a choice you make without pressure, manipulation, or under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Reversible. Anyone can change their mind about what they feel like doing, anytime. Even if you’ve done it before, and even if you’re both naked in bed. Informed. You can only consent to something if you have the full story. For example, if someone says they’ll use a condom and then they don’t, there isn’t full consent. Enthusiastic. When it comes to sex, you should only do stuff you WANT to do, not things that you feel you’re expected to do. Specific. Saying yes to one thing (like going to the bedroom to make out) doesn’t mean you’ve said yes to others (like having sex). You get the final say over what happens with your body. It doesn’t matter if you’ve hooked up before or even if you said yes earlier and then changed your mind. You’re allowed to say “stop” at any time, and your partner needs to respect that. Consent is never implied by things like your past behavior, what you wear, or where you go. Sexual consent is always clearly communicated — there should be no question or mystery. Silence is not consent. And it’s not just important the first time you’re with someone. Couples who’ve had sex before or even ones who’ve been together for a long time also need to consent before sex — every time. There are laws about who can consent and who can’t. People who are drunk, high, or passed out can’t consent to sex. There are also laws to protect minors (people under the age of 18) from being pressured into sex with someone much older than them.” > https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/relationships/sexual-consent This can all be very confusing in an online context. Although you may not engage in physical activities with anyone on the server, consent is still required before engaging in things like sexting, erotic roleplay, and other sexual exchanges. These all fall under the category of “sex” as defined by PlannedParenthood. What is the Age of Consent? “The age of sexual consent is how old a person needs to be in order to be considered legally capable of consenting to sex. Adults who have sex with someone younger than the age of consent face jail time and being registered as a sex offender. The age of consent varies in different parts of the U.S. and in different countries.” > https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/relationships/sexual-consent Lord of the Craft identifies the Age of Consent as 18, under UK, US, and international internet laws. Anyone under 18 may not consent to any sexual activities. Romeo and Juliet laws are a gray area and are not acknowledged in online laws. Sexting and exchanging nude photos is still considered child pornography. 18 is a minimum, and may not be accepted in your locality. Local laws still apply. What is Grooming? “One tool common to those who sexually abuse kids is grooming: manipulative behaviors that the abuser uses to gain access to a potential victim, coerce them to agree to the abuse, and reduce the risk of being caught. While these tactics are used most often against younger kids, teens and vulnerable adults are also at risk. Grooming can take place online or in-person. It’s usually employed by a family member or someone else in the victim’s circle of trust, such as a coach, teacher, youth group leader or others who naturally have some interaction with the victim. Though grooming can take many different forms, it often follows a similar pattern. Victim selection: Abusers often observe possible victims and select them based on ease of access to them or their perceived vulnerability. Gaining access and isolating the victim: Abusers will attempt to physically or emotionally separate a victim from those protecting them and often seek out positions in which they have contact with minors. Trust development and keeping secrets: Abusers attempt to gain trust of a potential victim through gifts, attention, sharing “secrets” and other means to make them feel that they have a caring relationship and to train them to keep the relationship secret. Desensitization to touch and discussion of sexual topics: Abusers will often start to touch a victim in ways that appear harmless, such as hugging, wrestling and tickling, and later escalate to increasingly more sexual contact, such as massages or showering together. Abusers may also show the victim pornography or discuss sexual topics with them, to introduce the idea of sexual contact. Attempt by abusers to make their behavior seem natural, to avoid raising suspicions. For teens, who may be closer in age to the abuser, it can be particularly hard to recognize tactics used in grooming. Be alert for signs that your teen has a relationship with an adult that includes secrecy, undue influence or control, or pushes personal boundaries.” > https://www.rainn.org/news/grooming-know-warning-signs No matter how much you get to know someone, you ultimately don’t know the person behind the screen. They may have other intentions with your relationship, platonic or romantic. We encourage you to enjoy your experience in interacting with the community. Make friendships that last lifetimes - but be cautious of others’ intentions. Lastly, if you see something that feels ‘off’ about a player, or even a relationship between two others, report it. It is better to be safe than sorry. What is Sexual Harassment? “Sexual harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature in the community. Sexual harassment does not always have to be specifically about sexual behavior or directed at a specific person. For example, negative comments about women as a group may be a form of sexual harassment. Although sexual harassment laws do not usually cover teasing or offhand comments, these behaviors can also be upsetting and have a negative emotional effect. Sexual harassment can occur in a variety of circumstances. The harasser can identify with any gender and have any relationship to the victim, including being a direct manager, indirect supervisor, coworker, teacher, peer, colleague, associate, or even friend. Some forms of sexual harassment include: Making conditions of employment or advancement dependent on sexual favors, either explicitly or implicitly. Physical acts of sexual assault. Requests for sexual favors. Verbal harassment of a sexual nature, including jokes referring to sexual acts or sexual orientation. Unwanted touching or physical contact. Unwelcome sexual advances. Discussing sexual relations/stories/fantasies at work, school, or in other inappropriate places. Feeling pressured to engage with someone sexually. Exposing oneself or performing sexual acts on oneself. Unwanted sexually explicit photos, emails, or text messages.” > https://www.rainn.org/articles/sexual-harassment It’s natural to form attachments or relationships with people that you spend time with online. You may even develop feelings for them. These feelings, however, should both be given continuous consent and should not be aimed to make others feel uncomfortable in any regard on our platform. If you ever feel pressured or uncomfortable from a person’s interactions with you or another person, then report it. Again, it is better to be safe than sorry.
  9. Lord of the Craft Safety Policy This document serves as a resource for members of the community to understand the Administration’s safety violation procedures, as well as to encourage players to engage in safe roleplay (RP) and out-of-character (OOC) activities. We want to emphasize the risks that are involved in both platonic and romantic relationships that are formed from interacting with your fellow community members. While romance RP is allowed, erotic RP is not permitted on the server. At that, we need to recognize that some activities occur off our platforms. Lord of the Craft’s (LotC) main goal is to ensure the community is educated about consent and safety, as well as the repercussions for violating those boundaries. So, in the best interest of keeping you safe, please read this document. Warning: This document contains uncomfortable topics. Please allow yourself periodic breaks as you read. What is a Safety Violation? A safety violation results in a permanent removal from our services. Safety violations do not require any warning, and are issued immediately upon administrative approval (unanimous vote amongst the admin team). #H “Reversing these types of permanent bans is unprecedented, and requires server owner approval and new evidence.” (Admin Protocol) https://staff.lordofthecraft.net/doku.php?id=admin-protocol A safety violation occurs when: A player breaches the consent clause A player breaches the age of consent clause A player is found to be grooming a member of the community A player assists another in breaching the safety policy This list is not exhaustive of potential safety violations. If a player engages in any unsafe activities that we believe to be harmful or dangerous to themselves or other community members, we will issue a permanent ban. As a reminder, we are not law enforcement. We can only do so much to keep people who breach our safety policies out of the community. If we have the opportunity to report someone to authorities in a local jurisdiction, we will surely do so. Anyone who encourages permanently banned players to continue playing or having an influence within the community may join them in their expulsion from our services. The same goes for bringing them into discords, helping them alt, or being a bystander whilst knowing that they were playing on the server. Safety violations on other servers will be carried over and vice-versa. The Administration commits to maintaining not only a safe environment for LotC players, but also for the entire Minecraft community. We work closely with other Minecraft roleplaying communities to ensure we all maintain high safety standards. Safety Procedures What is a safety report? A safety report is the first port of call in formulating any complaint or concern about another player’s behavior or actions to flag them for the Administration Team. Whether it be something heard off-hand to a direct issue between yourself and another player, these will flag the issue for us so that we may begin to handle it in a safe and private way. How do I make a safety report? You may send an email to [email protected] or go to any admin detailing the concerns along with some corroborating evidence. There is no specific format for a safety report. Anything you find concerning should be included in the report. As long as we have a name, screenshots (or testimony) of the players involved we are able to move forward in investigating the situation. To ensure a report will be investigated, please send it to an administrator or via email. Moderators and non-administrator staff members cannot issue permanent bans for safety violations. You may also message a specific admin to help you with the process. The following types of evidence are accepted: Hard evidence pictures, videos of discord chats, voice recordings, etc Testimony other players corroborating the story We will always make sure that the player is comfortable with the report moving forward, and ask to make sure that they are okay. When can I expect a reply? As soon as we determine the result of the report, we notify the filer. This is usually a quick process (1-2 days), but can take longer if we need more time to reach a decision. How does the Administration proceed with a report that suggests a safety violation? Each Administrator checks the safety email on a daily basis. We always investigate every report that comes through our channels. A discussion channel within our admin channel is opened up with a link to the report. All administrators are involved in this process. We verify ages via our application system, however this is not always accurate and so we may ask for government-issued ID for confirmation. All discussions are archived for internal records. My reports have not been answered within one to two days! Reports usually have a response within a day or two, but may take up to a week or longer when further investigation is required. When we are unsure of an aspect or detail of the report, we make sure that we check all our bases before implementing a decision. What are some questions we ask in a safety report discussion? How old are the players involved? How close in age are the players? Have we heard about players lying about being older or younger? Do we need to verify their age? If the report is lacking evidence, who can we contact to corroborate the story? If the report was filed by somebody other than the victim, how can we get in contact with the victim? What are the safety violations implied? Do we see that in the report? If there are no safety violations, what can we do to ensure this player doesn’t escalate this type of behavior? Is this behavior still happening? If so, do we need to issue an immediate investigation ban? Note: not all investigation bans are due to a safety report. These are issued to quickly defuse a situation that is potentially dangerous. Every situation is different, and we may ask different questions specific to the report. The above questions are typically asked in every report. What happens when a ban is issued? The player is permanently banned from all LotC platforms. This includes the server, forums, and discord communities officially associated with the server. Community leaders are also sent a message stating that one of their members has been permanently banned, and are expected to remove the means by which they may influence the server in their respective communities. Administrators immediately cut contact with the banned individual. They are not offered an explanation for the ban. Why can’t you give us a list of players who have been permanently banned from safety violations? We can’t provide a public list of players who have been banned due to safety violations. Please believe us when we say that we really want to. We are restrained from doing so as it could result in legal issues for ourselves and/or the server due to libel laws. We are however able to verify whether a player has been permanently banned, though this could be due to a variety of other reasons outside of safety violations. Appealing a Permanent Ban Anyone may attempt to appeal a permanent ban. Though, we do not reconsider permanent bans that occur as a result of a safety violation unless the evidence was fabricated. The only time the evidence was fabricated was found before the Administration reached a decision. Safety Violation Statistics As of November 2, 2022, approximately 92% of reports have resulted in permanent bans. 118 reports have been made, with 109 resulting in a ban. There has been 1 falsified report. The person who made the report was permanently banned from our services. This falsified report has been concluded in our statistic.
  10. A great day to be alive on this great Sunday!

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    2. alexmagus


      Certainly not.

    3. Shmeepicus


      some would say this is a silly billy status post

    4. alexmagus


      only some

  11. Happy Thursday!

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    2. Crevel


      Happy Thursday but fix the important thing we talked about!

    3. alexmagus


      Is the important thing the fact that I am not an admin (it is)

    4. Chaw



  12. happy tuesday!

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    2. satinkira
    3. VonAulus


      happy tuesday

    4. riorr


      Do you wish me a happy Tuesday, or mean that it is a happy Tuesday whether I want it or not; or that you feel happy this Tuesday; or that it is a Tuesday to be happy on?

  13. Even tho you're banned I'm gonna leave this up since it's about me. I'm gonna lock it until I can respond.
  14. everyone complains but still plays
  15. Dagor smiles in honor of his adopted brother.
  16. ok, but when are you going to take me to small claims court in ireland?
  17. Hi everyone, For the past month, I’ve been reflecting on my tenure as Moderation Administrator. I’ve realized that I have become a little burnt-out from the responsibilities and have decided that it would be best to pass it off to someone else. Thus, I’d like to express my deepest condolences for @Rilath. A funeral & wake will be held in the Cloud Temple so everyone may pay their respects. Haha, just kidding :blobiverseemoji:. He’ll be taking over the position as Moderation Admin. We have full faith in him being able to execute the responsibilities of madmin as an esteemed veteran of the community (holy crap, aegis player!). Rilath was a no-brainer choice for joining the Admin Team. His recent stint as a mod-manager has shown us that he is more than capable of excelling in the role, and we have high hopes for what he brings to the table. What will I be doing in the meantime? My absolute top priority is helping Rilath get settled into his big boy boots. Afterwards, I will be helping the Administration Team from behind the scenes as the Operations Administrator in an “as needed” fashion. The position of Operations Admin is changing significantly, and isn’t like the previous iterations of it that we’ve seen (calm down Harold). It’s now a secretarial role, designed to help with the odd-jobs of being an admin. This includes handling tickets, filing directives, and helping out other admins as needed. With all that out of the way, please congratulate @Rilath Sincerely, itdontmatta
  18. I really apologize for not explaining the ruling well enough. I understand a lot of you are frustrated with the ruling, but we cannot encourage bad sportsmanship in roleplay. (I'm also unapologetically apologetic for my cope & seethe joke, it's just a prank guys cmon) What I mean by that is adding people to regions to ensure that they are eligible to fight in the conflict. Internal conflict is internal for a reason. Over 30+ people were added to the oren_acre region within the past day or two, and most of them were coincidentally at this raid. I don't care what the nitty gritty of the rule says. This raid didn't sound right, and I could not let it go through. Had it gone through, this event would've been used as justification to make people eligible in any potential internal conflict / warclaim. I'll keep this thread open, and I'll do my best to respond accordingly.
  19. Hey @Heero, I hope you've been doing well. I notice it's been a while since we've been able to just sit down and talk. I was reminiscing with the other admins about our little inside joke. You remember that one. It was when Kowa used that unnecessarily technical word in a conversation about next map's tiles. Pervasive? Perversion? What was that hahaha. BTW the filibusters have been getting really really bad. Each day it's getting worse. I feel like one day I'll be Cryin' Chuck in the United States Senate hahaha. I really miss you showing up to admin meetings late because you were about to miss your train back home. What's it like to have tenure BTW? Do you get like a Burger King budget from Tythus? Miss you lots. xoxoxo Sincerely You're Bricked Up Pen-Pal, itdontmatta
  20. you really gru on me. you're one in a minion.

    1. Sorcerio


      I wish we still had the downvote button. 

    2. Heero
  21. you gru on me you're one in a minion

    1. JoshBright


      they are regressing from bananas...

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