Gags, Kicks, and Bans
The Voxel Box's Staff can and will mute, kick or ban at their own discretion. We just have no patience for conflict junkies or vulgar/annoying messages polluting the server's chat log for the other thirty players online. It's purely selfish: We don't like to be insulted. This is a private and personal server. You're not paying for it. Shocking: We don't like to get hassled, and we remove players to avoid playing turning into trolling. This is not the place to satisfy your need for epic battles or flame wars. There are plenty of people itching for a fight on the internet, we are just not one of them.
The mute policy exists to bring you here to the FAQ. If you feel like "All I did was ask a question!": Chances are good you are asking questions that are more completely answered right here in the FAQ than can be answered in-game. The Voxel Box is not your grandpa's Minecraft server, we are well in-place with how we're doing things and they well-documented with quick explanations for the easy stuff, and maps and video tutorials for the hard stuff.
Absolutely Vital articles from the FAQ that every guest must understand:
So, my dear Guest, avail yourself of the vast resources of the FAQ, and most of all: take your time! The Voxel Box has an impressive map in no small part because we are always playing the long game. A little patience and perseverance are expected of you in this community. If that's just not what you are into, we suggest you find another server to play on. If you're still reading this and you're in, great.
The other possibility for why you're here is that we simply feel you are flooding chat, or server staff have received a complaints about you in the chat channel. There is a large and diverse player base on The Voxel Box, and the priorities of server staff will most often be with our members' interest: The more you're making enemies of members, the more your chances of Becoming a Member are plummeting fast. If server staff continue feel you are interfering with other players' game experience, we may remove you from the game next time.
To unmute yourself in the game, enter the following into your chat box:
- I agree. Allow me to chat.
- NOTE: There is only one space between those two sentences.
If you have been muted in chat, consider it a serious warning. After un-muting yourself, you should keep a low profile for a while rather than pushing the envelope. With an average of 250 new unique guests visiting The Voxel Box each and every day, staff will not hesitate to take further action to remove disruptive players from the server with a kick or a ban.
Kicks are used to remove idle players, or as second warnings to players. Always think before you speak or act in a room full of people you do not know, even if it is a virtual one! Players cannot expect to be given multiple kicks. Rest assured, the next step staff will take after a player has been kicked will be a ban.
So, it's come to this, has it? Wielding the banhammer is an awesome responsibility and we do not hand this command out to people we don't believe have the server's best interest at heart. Most of us do not enjoy kicking or banning other players. It is often a permanent removal from the server's community.
- If you were banned and feel you don't know why, consider the Rules to see if you accidentally made an offense and re-read the Terms of Service you agreed to.
- Check the Becoming a Member page to see recommendations on how to make sure your time on the Voxel Box is spent constructively or to see if you made any common mistakes that might result in a ban.
Common Reasons for Bans
- Repeatedly asking/spamming chat with questions that are found on the wiki or on the Frequently Asked Questions. The Voxel Box gets many visitors a day and the repeated questions over and over can wear on the last nerve of the most patient server staff. It is suggested for new members to keep a tab open on the FAQ, as The Voxel Box is quite different in scope and purpose than the average Minecraft "SMP" server.
- Griefing a build in the Guest Areas (We will know with certainty if this was you. Remember VoxelGod sees all and knows all that happens in the Voxelverse.)
- Flooding chat with garbage, or typing in all capital letters.
- Harassing other players in their build area with your physical presence.
- Starting or perpetrating fights (especially with Admins, or VoxelGod) is NOT A GOOD IDEA.
- Logging in and disconnecting or crashing repeatedly. If your game crashes repeatedly, it can cause problems with the server and create lag for other players. If your client is causing such problems, we cannot allow you to continue to log in. Solve your stability problems and then get in touch with us. Oftentimes modded clients or having your visual settings on Fancy and Far are the culprit. Try downloading a fresh copy of Minecraft. Some areas of the map (e.g. the Goliath) can be brutal on low-powered machines. Turning your visual settings or draw distance down a bit can help improve your stability dramatically.
How to Appeal a Ban
Submit a ticket via our ticketing system. You may feel it best to appeal to the admin who banned you, but you may also want someone to else to talk to. That's up to you. Take a moment to reflect on the message you are sending. Tell us about the ban: What you think may have resulted in it, how that fits in, and where you think we should go from here. Staff will likely consult with one another before unbanning you, so it may take time. Staff are never under any obligation to remove your ban. Consider your tone appropriately. While awaiting reply, make sure you're familiar with the FAQ, and consider keeping a low profile when you return to the Guest Areas. It may take up to a week for staff to confer about your unban request.