Community Feedback Pt. 1: the future of mc.frodle.net
It's fair to say we've had some feedback since our last post, so in the second part of our ongoing series of updates regarding the Frodlenet Minecraft server, we'll be addressing that feedback and setting out some further ideas for the future.
Before we begin, I'd like to formally welcome Katie to the admin team, as I'm sure you've seen how dire the Discord announcement was. She has prior experience, which technically makes her more qualified than myself and Frankie, but we'll try not to feel too threatened. She was offered the role last week by the both of us calling her and blasting "Hail to the Chief" down the line. She didn't immediately accept.
Additionally, we've brought on local polluter and business tycoon Indra, or Papa Castro as he is better known, as our lead Moderator. He should be able to balance out any chaos that Katie causes.
Anyway! On to the actual subject of this post. We'll list each distinct point raised and then our response and thoughts below:
Interacting with randoms on the server
We understand that many see the server as a safe space for the existing group only and have no interest in interacting with randoms. Assuming any randoms join the server, nobody will be under any obligation to interact with them, and they may well feel the same about interacting with everyone else. There are already examples of those you could arguably call randoms (no presence on the Discord server) simply going into far flung parts of the world and building nice villages, e.g Nu Norway, one of the nicest places in all Majoria.
Setting out proper server rules
If the server did go public in any way, we would have a list of rules in place beforehand. These would be fairly obvious, and we won't tolerate any rule-breaking at all. We're also working on an Admin Handbook so that people have an understanding of the guidelines that the admin team follow. This is already live and can be accessed here: http://confluence.frodle.net:8090/display/MINECRAFT/Admin+Handbook
The handbook is still a work in progress so expect changes and additions to come. The main server rules and and a separate Moderator Handbook will also go on our wiki, but the rules will be accessible in-game too.
In-game images with people's faces on
This was also of concern to some if the server goes public, and of course we can always remove material upon request, regardless of whether or not the server goes public. For some areas that have a high concentration of such material that would be nice to keep, ie Gluck Towers, we may wall the area off for gluckers only.
Tone of the previous post
For some the initial announcement sounded rather one-sided, as if our request for feedback wasn't sincere, or that any feedback we wanted wasn't intended to actually change anything. We promise this is not the case at all, and we're going to continue asking for and responding to feedback, while using it to help us make decisions.
Previous incidents involving randoms
Well okay, maybe just the one random. I'm sure we could all gather that this piece of feedback was referring to the accursed you-know-who. We couldn't have reasonably known his true character, but he was present for less than 24 hours before being banned for good. To avoid this in future, we're launching a new Discord server solely for Minecraft, to which we'll be moving the in-game chat channel later today. This new server will ensure that the main Frodlenet Discord further remains a private space, and you can join it using the below link:
As previously mentioned, we've already appointed our first full moderator, but going one step further, we'd like to empower all existing players on the server (over a certain playtime) with additional powers, for now specifically kick and mute. This is a massive change to the way the server operates in terms of moderation, but it is also a recognition of the support that existing players have shown the server over the past few years. We're yet to decide on where the playtime bar for these settings will be set, but we'll have more on that soon.
As always, please pass on any feedback in the appropriate Discord channel.
Lots of love and kisses and cuddles and festive cheer,
Fred and the other unimportant admins