Next General Staff Meeting is Tomorrow

Hi all,

Apologies for the short notice, but just letting you know that the next General Staff Meeting will be held tomorrow, on Sunday, May 1st at the usual time of 7pm UTC. There will be some important announcements at this meeting, but the rest of the GSM will be mainly focused on going through project and auction requests from members. We will not be considering any major rules changes, or moderator nominations at this meeting.

Thanks,
Frumple


Server whitelisted for the next few hours

Hi all,

The server ran out of disk space today, so I’m currently running a purge on the CoreProtect database to free it up. It looks like this process will take a few hours, so until then the server will be whitelisted. I’ll edit this post later when we’re back to normal.

UPDATE: Server is now back up and running. Please note the following:

  • To clear up disk space, block logs older than 30 days from today have been purged. Therefore, when you ask a staff members to view history, they will not be able to see beyond that point.
  • For the short time period when disk space ran out (approximately an hour before the whitelist was turned on), any changes to blocks, warps, and player information may have been lost. Unfortunately, there is likely no way to recover that data.
  • To facilitate the CoreProtect purge, the dynmap renderings for all world had to be deleted. They will automatically be re-rendered over the coming week at the usual scheduled time.
  • Finally, unlike Prism, CoreProtect doesn’t automatically purge its data on a regular basis. Therefore in the future, we will need to whitelist the server and run these purges again every few months. We will inform you as to when the next “purge” day will occur.

Thanks,
Frumple


City Rank Candidate Batch #6 Results

Hi all,

Just a quick announcement regarding the results of the latest City Rank Candidate Batch. Voting has concluded, and we have 5 promotions to Senator, and 1 new promotion to Governor:

[Senator] Promotions:

  • AP_Red (for the town of Whiteley, already Senator rank)
  • mine_man_ (for the town of Vegetus, already Governor rank)
  • _HeavenAngel_ (for the town of Quiris)
  • godzilltrain (for the town of Segville)
  • MindBender15 (for the town of Radiance Square)

[Governor] Promotion:

  • LDShadowLord (for the City of Evella)

Congratulations to all who were promoted. Feedback emails to all candidates will hopefully be sent within the next week. I also apologize for not sending feedback emails for the last batch, I’ll try to do a better job this time around.

Thanks,
Frumple


March 2016 GSM Results

Hi all,

The March 2016 GSM has concluded. The recording for the public portion can be downloaded here.

New Administrators

After much time and deliberation, I am pleased to announce the promotion of two new administrators: _frozen and BaronThamesBank.

Congratulations to both of you! With the additional help on the administrative front, we hope this will result in a quicker turnaround time for everything from processing member applications to banning unruly guests.

WorldEdit Etiquette

Recently, staff members have noticed that WorldEdit requests from players have taken an increasingly impersonal and disrespectful tone. Therefore, we would like to ask players to keep the following points in mind before you ask for a WorldEdit:

  • Be respectful of the staff members time: Remember that they are volunteers and may refuse your W/E request at their discretion.
  • “10 Minute Rule”: If an admod has just joined, do not ask them for a W/E until 10 minutes have passed.
  • “5 Minute Rule”: If you can do a W/E by hand within 5 minutes, then do not ask for such a W/E.
  • Place your corners: Make sure you have placed blocks indicating the corners of the W/E. Failure to do so wastes the time of the staff member.
  • Use /helpop: When you’re ready to make your WorldEdit request, use /helpop so that staff can easily see it.

These etiquette points have been added to the Rules page, and will be more strictly enforced by staff going forward. Note that the last point regarding /helpop is a new addition in order to help keep the main chat channel clear of WorldEdit requests.

Roads and Projects

  • The A8 extension (proposed by _frozen) westward to Storalisburg (C94) and Spring Creek has been approved.
  • The Union of Central Western Territories (UCW) Airport (proposed by camelfantasy) has been approved in its new location in the mountains south of Sealane and Formosa.
  • The Wazamawazi Airport (proposed by autobus22) has been approved in its location north of the city.

City Rank Candidate Batch #6 Voting Extended

Due to the busy lives of our staff members, we were not able to get a sufficient number of votes for the towns in this batch by the deadline. Therefore, the voting deadline will be extended by almost 1 week to April 15th, 2016 at 11:59 PDT. Promotions will then be made on the following day on April 16th.

That’s all for now.

Thanks,
Frumple


February 2016 GSM Results

HI all,

Sorry for the long delay, real life has been super busy for me lately. Here are the results of the February General Staff Meeting. The recording of the public portion is available here.

Server and Community Topics

  • All non-staff players will now be kicked after 10 minutes of inactivity.
  • We have been testing out a new Discord server recently. The verdict is that we’ll be keeping both Mumble and Discord servers for the foreseeable future, as they both serve a purpose. Mumble will still be used for GSMs and other major events on the server, while Discord’s text channels act as a useful bulletin board for discussions and news.
  • Recently, there have been a number of players who have abandoned towns that they started working on, or gave away their towns to members of lower rank. This makes it more difficult for staff members to determine if a town is worthy of a rank if the player didn’t do most of the work. A discussion took place during the private portion of the meeting but no decision has been made. The discussion will continue at the next GSM. In the meantime, the staff would like to strongly encourage players to not give up on their towns so easily.
  • The staff members would like to also remind members to not pester staff about their Trustee nominations. Also, we would like to clarify that players who have been vetoed by staff after getting 3 or more nominations will have to be wait a period of 1 month to be re-considered. You will be informed by a staff member if you have been vetoed.
  • Also, a reminder that using /pay * is considered spam and is a warnable offense. Please do not continue using this command in this fashion.

Roads

  • A51 connecting from the A4 to Whiteley via Matheson has been approved, pending permission from Matheson’s mayor.

Projects

  • Central City Highway Interchanges will be redesigned by suppoe in the coming months.
  • MRT Phase 3 Extensions:
    • The Mesa Line will be extended to its southwestern terminus by thomasfyfe in the coming months.
    • The Eastern Line will continue to be extended southward by Just_Robinho, the northern portion will be extended by _hnt.
  • An industrial island expansion for the island of Camino (proposed by Omricon) has been approved.
  • An airport proposal from the Union of Central Western Territories (consisting of Sealane, Formosa, and Danielston) was rejected for being too far from the SMP and too close to Central City. A new proposal with a more centrally located airport will be considered at the next GSM.
  • An airport proposal for _Kastle’s city of New Covina was approved with conditions. The eastern half of the airport was approved, and only with some reductions in the length of the runways and the area used. The western half of the airport can be re-proposed once the city has reached a sufficient size.
  • An airport proposal for the Marblelake Heathrow International Airport from Just_Robinho was approved with conditions. The airport may begin construction once an intermediate area between Lakeview and the airport has been built up and developed.

March GSM Date

The March General Staff Meeting will be held next Saturday, March 26th at 7pm GMT. For those players now in Daylight Savings Time, please take note. The agenda for this meeting has not yet been finalized.

City Rank Promotion Batch #6 is now open

The next batch is now open for candidate submissions. Submit your request to be promoted to [Senator], [Governor], or [Premier] using the City Rank Promotion Request Form. Dates for this batch are as follows:

  • Submissions close by: April 1st, 2016 by 11:59 PST
  • Admod voting begins on: April 2nd, 2016
  • Admod voting ends on: April 9th, 2016 by 11:59 PST
  • Promotions are granted on April 10th, 2016.

That’s all for now.

Thanks,
Frumple