December 2014 GSM Results

Hey folks! We’ve just finished up our December 2014 staff meeting, so here’s what you need to know as a result of it.

Also, Frumple neglected to upload the public recordings for the September and November GSMs, and those recordings are available below. I’ve eaten all of his tacos, so hopefully he’ll remember next time ;)

Promotions to Senator and Governor

We again reviewed several towns and are pleased to announce that four players have been promoted to the [Senator] (Elf) rank. Congratulations to:

  • chiefbozx of Vermilion, XW15
  • lalaboy67 of Kessier, T27
  • LDShadowLord of Evella, M10
  • 6687kittycat of Covina, C11

We also are pleased to announce that two cities have been promoted further to the [Governor] (Head Elf) rank. Congratulations to:

  • Music3_0 of Zaquar, ZSC
  • Cortesi of Airchester, C25 and future Eastern line

We hope to promote more of you up to Senator and Governor in the next few meetings. There are tons of great towns out there, so keep up the good work!

If you didn’t get promoted to Senator or Governor, please talk to us! We’ve got some feedback for you on how to improve your city for next time.

Policy amendment regarding stadiums

Previously, stadiums of all shapes and sizes were restricted to the Senator rank. We have now adopted an amendment permitting smaller stadiums to be built at any rank.

To be clear:

  • Community, little league, or minor league stadiums and gymnasiums can be built at any rank (these usually don’t have any stands, or if they do, they are very small).
  • Major league or Olympic-sized stadiums are restricted to Senators and above.

If you’re unsure of which category your stadium falls into, please ask your nearest admod.

Plans for MRT system expansion

We are preparing to enter the next phase of MRT line construction. While we won’t start construction for a while, at the meeting we outlined what lines should be prioritized.

  1. Because it has the fewest stations, the Zephyr South line will be extended all the way to its terminus in Zaquar. This project will be started soon.
  2. The perimeter lines – Northern, Eastern, Western and Southern – are coming soon! We will start with the Eastern line in early 2015 and build out the other lines as the year goes on.
  3. As perimeter lines are built we may extend the existing lines out to meet them, or out to their final terminus stations.

If you have a city on the corridors of either the Zephyr South or Eastern lines, we will be reaching out to you over the next few weeks to make sure we can get the line to your city.

Public discussion on maturity

During the public portion of the meeting, we held a community roundtable discussion on how to improve the maturity of the server and Mumble, specifically concerning suggestive comments. The discussion resulted in some policy changes:

  • Suggestive comments and constructions are completely banned from Minecraft. Period. Players making suggestive comments in chat or explicitly suggestive builds may receive a formal warning. This ban includes, but is not limited to:
    • Public (global) chat channel
    • Project chat channels, P1 through P4
    • Constructions built in the world, especially franchises that are built specifically for making a suggestive statement. Staff will be asking players who have made a lot of these builds to remove or rename them.
  • Suggestive comments are banned from most Mumble channels. Public channels and existing project channels must be safe for work and free of these comments. However, if you want to participate in these conversations, you have two options:
    • Create a locked channel yourself. We will post tutorials on the wiki and YouTube on how to do this.
    • Join the channel labeled “Late Night Mumble – Warning: contains suggestive conversations – Mature Players Only”. This channel does not have a password on it. Do not join this channel if you are uncomfortable with suggestive comments.

We made these policy changes to try to benefit everyone. If you have questions or feedback on these policies, especially if you disagree with them, please let the admins know.

Additionally, if you believe someone is offending you with suggestive comments or creations, please let the admins know so we can investigate the situation. We will not punish you for letting us know of something that’s bothering you.

Thanks guys!
-Chief

December 2014 GSM

Hey folks! We are currently in the process of scheduling our next GSM. The meeting is currently set for December 20, 2014 at the usual time, though that may change as it approaches.

If you would like to be considered for the [Senator] rank at the next meeting, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Make sure you and your city meet the eligibility requirements listed on the Ranks page. You must have received the [Mayor] rank on or before Saturday, November 22 to be eligible.
  2. Fill out the form at dft.ba/-MRTSenator by 7:00 PM UTC on December 20th. Earlier is better as that gives staff more time to take a look at your city before the meeting.

We’re excited to see how your cities have progressed since our last meeting in November.

See you around!

-Chief

November GSM Results, and a few reminders

Good afternoon everyone! For those in the US (and elsewhere that celebrates Thanksgiving) I hope you are enjoying your long weekend and the beginning of the shopping insanity!

Here’s the recording of the public portion for last week’s GSM. The results from the GSM are plentiful, so sorry in advance for the long post. You should read all of it, but in case you can’t, I’ve broken it up into headers. Here’s what you need to know.

Promotions to Senator

We considered 8 towns for promotion to [Senator] and are pleased to announce that 5 towns have advanced. Congratulations to:

  • _frozen of Whitechapel, A11
  • MinecraftYoshi26 of Huntington, C9
  • Cortesi of Airchester, C25 (and future Eastern Line)
  • Tom_Pairs of Achowalogen Takachsin, XE11
  • Music3_0 of Zaquar, which is currently not connected to the MRT but will eventually be on the Zephyr South line once it’s extended.

Please check out their towns when you get a chance! We hope to be promoting more players at the next GSM in a few weeks. Check the eligibility requirements on the Ranks page here.

If you requested a town review but did not get promoted, you need to re-apply (details coming soon). Remember that promotions are done based on effort, not build count, and make sure that you have a clear landmark in your city.

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November 2014 GSM

Good morning! It’s snowing outside, so what better opportunity to announce details about a staff meeting!

Our next staff meeting is currently tentatively scheduled for Saturday, November 22, 2014 (that’s a bit under two weeks away). Included in the meeting will be our very first round of promotions to the [Senator] rank, as well as some general issue fixing and policy tweaks. We hope to start the public meeting on time at 10pm UTC this time around as well.

Here are the official eligibility requirements for [Senator]:

  • You must have received the [Mayor] rank on or before October 25, 2014. If you received Mayor on the 26th we may consider you if your city is exceptionally qualified.
  • You must have no active warnings against you. (Run /warnings in game to check your warnings status.)
  • Your city must have at least 40 unique builds.
  • Your city must have at least 10 businesses or residences owned by other players. While these don’t have to be 10 unique players, it is recommended.
  • Your city must have a unique, identifying landmark.

If you think your town meets these requirements, or will by the 22nd, please ask an admin in-game to add your city to the agenda. (If no admins, ask a mod, but there’s usually at least one admin online or near their computer most of the day.) You can email the admins if all else fails – please don’t use a direct address or your message will likely be lost.

We need to receive these requests by Saturday, November 22 and 8:00pm UTC, so that we have time to review your city. However, sooner is better, as this allows more staff to have input.

For those of you who are about to get a foot of snow dumped on them, drive safe – wait, don’t do that. Take the train instead! (Hint: it’s probably faster! Here are some handy links, maybe one of them might help you: MT | DTA | CTA | MTA | MARTA | TFL | BART)

-Chief

Post-Opening Announcements!

Hey guys! Thanks to everyone who came on and had fun with the new world on the opening weekend, it’s been SUPER fun and a great start to the new world!

The admins have couple announcements, some reminders, and a new policy. Please be sure to read through the entire post – sorry, it’s a long one, but there’s a lot of useful info here.

Announcements and reminders:

  • I’m going to do my best to film weekly news updates about the server again! The new series will be called the MRT Coffee Break. I’ll shoot them on Monday nights at 10:30 pm CDT (schedule permitting) and upload them on Wednesday mornings to my YouTube channel chiefbozx.
  • The promotion process has changed. Please see /promotions for full details on how to get promoted up to higher ranks. All Members and up accepted on or before September 20th are eligible for promotions now, once all rank requirements are met, and all outstanding warnings are cleared.
  • The lottery has been tweaked. You can buy a maximum of 25 tickets per drawing, the maximum number of tickets has been increased to 500, and drawings occur every 6 hours. Tickets are still $1 each.
  • Panhandling (asking people to donate money to you) is classified as spam! Staff will begin issuing formal warnings later this week. It’s getting annoying, so please stop.
  • WorldEdits are discouraged until the weekend. Please use the existing landscape and your creativity to work on your city! We will begin doing WorldEdits for you this weekend.
    • Reminder: Land-scarring and land-flattening WorldEdits are banned. Do not ask us to flatten an area for you – we won’t. We can easily de-forest an area and remove tall grass and other wildflowers, but we will not be flattening large chunks of land.
  • Please keep cities and towns a good distance from each other! A minimum of 500 blocks is required between town halls. If there is a WorldGuard claim region (for staff towns), you need to be about 100-200 blocks away from the edge of that region.
  • Only ONE land claim and ONE station claim outside of Central City! No exceptions! We have issued warnings to players who have claimed excessive stations and/or land. If you decide that you don’t need a station, please remove your claim signs.
  • For those who have reached the [Councillor] rank, in addition to your claim outside Central City, you may claim one reasonably-sized piece of land in Central City. Please do not claim an overly large area, and please do not make another land claim until your first claim has been fully built and furnished.
  • To claim a station:  Place signs outside all entrances stating that the station is claimed.

And now the exciting bit: We are pleased to announce a new policy for cities and towns that are large collaborative projects! If you’re interested in starting and building a town with someone else (or in a group), here’s what you need to know about the Shared Municipality Policy (SMP):

Shared Municipality Policy

  • SMP applies to large, shared cities consisting of multiple unique districts.
  • These cities need to be registered as shared municipalities (SMs). You can do this by emailing the admins (not the mods).
  • You need at least 3 people and 3 unique districts to qualify. We will work this out with you when you email us to register. We expect that each person involved will have an approximately equal share of the “ownership” of the project.
  • Each district is essentially its own town with a Mayor, a Deputy Mayor, a town hall, and a name.
  • The edges of the districts must be within approximately 300 blocks of each other in order to be counted as a part of the larger city.
  • The Mayor of each district works on that district as if it is its own town: attracting residents, building landmarks, and building connections to the other districts (and other nearby cities). Each district progresses through the ranks independent of the others.
  • All districts may share a road and rail network, beginning at the [Councillor] rank.
  • For construction perks and restrictions (like permissions to build inter-city roads and rail-lines, transit hubs, stadiums, and airports), these are determined by the district of the highest rank, and they apply to all districts within the city. For example, if your 4-district city had 1 district at [Senator], 2 districts at [Mayor], and 1 district at [Councillor], all districts can build inter-city roads and rail-lines, transit hubs, and stadiums, but none would be able to build airports or amusement parks until one of the districts achieves the [Governor] rank.
  • For personal perks and restrictions (like homes, warps and block placement), these are solely based on the rank of your district. For example, the owner of a district who is a [Senator] would receive the [Senator] tag and be able to have up to 10 private warps, regardless of the “overall rank” of the city as a whole. Of course, if at any time you have two active warnings, you are demoted back to [Member].
  • In the event that the city’s shared municipality needs to end (such as if a district mayor is banned, there is a district ownership transfer, or other conflict that results in the collaboration ending), ownership of the districts will fall to their mayors. We will work with you at that point to determine next steps for the city’s shared municipality.

Phew, that was a lot. We hope you guys are enjoying the new wold as much as we are! DFTBA! :)

-Chief

I CAN SMELL GAMMA

Last call to get your stuff in the world! We will be performing all shutdown operations tonight, so if you want to get your stuff transferred over, now is your last chance!

Gamma opens noon PDT on Saturday (7pm UTC), give or take an hour depending on upgrade status. Check my twitter @chiefbozx for updates as we get closer.

If you want to look at what stations other players are interested in, check the wiki. You can click here to officially reserve a station now, in case you won’t be there on Saturday.

DFTBA!

-Chief
Congratulations. You just got rickrolled.

On New Ranks and Promotion Eligibility

Hey guys,

I’ve been getting questions regarding ranks and promotion eligibility on Gamma. So here’s the lowdown on who can get promoted to what when.

Update: Sorry, there was an error, I forgot to mention that Members can also start building their towns right away too!

  • [Guest]s: You will be migrated over to the [Guest] rank. You can always submit a member application to get promoted to [Member]! To do so, have a read through the rules and FAQ, then fill out a member application here.
  • [Member]s: You will be migrated over to the Member rank, and you can start building your town immediately (woohoo!). So long as you received membership by September 20, 2014, you are immediately eligible for promotion to [Citizen] once you meet the other rank requirements (build a home and business in existing towns, and don’t have any active warnings against you). If you received membership later than that, you are eligible for promotion two weeks after your membership date.
  • [Mayor]s: You will be migrated over to the new [Citizen] rank and can start building your town immediately. You are also immediately eligible for endorsements towards the [Trustee] rank. We will begin handling Trustee promotions next week.
  • [Trusted] members: You will be migrated over to the new [Trustee] rank and can start building your town immediately. You are immediately eligible for endorsements towards the [Councillor] rank and can be promoted once you’ve built a town that meets the requirements for Councillor status. You will be eligible for endorsements towards [Mayor] once you’ve held [Councillor] for 2 weeks. We will begin handling Councillor promotions next week.

Long story short: anyone at or above Member gets to start building their towns immediately. Woohoo! And most of you will be eligible for a rank promotion right away. Remember that your town doesn’t get recognized, or advanced perks (like renaming the MRT station or building stadiums), until you rank up, so be sure to ask for endorsements once you’re eligible for promotion.

For the full list of ranks, perks and requirements, check out the Ranks page.

DFTBA!

-Chief

September GSM Announcements

After two hours of deliberation, deep discussion, and arguments about pizza, we have decided on some final details about the new world! As usual, Frumple has recorded the public portion of the meeting and it’s available here.

Update September 29: Members have created a wiki page for planning MRT station claims. While this is NOT an official claim system, you are welcome to check it out and see what areas players are interested in. Remember, you can only claim one MRT station when the world opens on Saturday. Here’s the wiki page if you’re interested!

Here are the highlights:

  • The server is set to be taken offline the evening of Thursday, October 2. During that time, all services except Mumble will be taken down.
  • The new server opens at noon Pacific / 7pm UTC on Saturday, October 4. We may open it an hour or two on either end depending on the migration status, but we will keep you posted on Friday and Saturday as things get moved.
  • If you want things to be migrated over, place them in the world now. We will not copy builds from one world to the other. Your inventory and ender chest, along with any custom maps, will likely be lost in migration, so please place them in regular chests in the world now.
  • The airports have been nationalized. The staff will be designating “caretakers” for them soon to oversee them to completion.
  • All air travel construction on the new world is a perk of the Governor rank. This includes airports, heliports and spaceports.
  • Amusement parks are a perk of the Premier rank. Most other details of the Premier rank will be determined as players approach it.
  • Players will start with $10.00 when they join the server. This will allow you to try out uCars and use warps right away. Remember that you earn 5¢ every minute you’re online and not AFK, and it only costs 25¢ to use a warp or to buy a liter of fuel for uCars. We may adjust these prices in the future.
  • Mayors will be transferred over to the new Citizen rank. Trusted members will be transferred over to the new Trustee rank. All other players (Members, Guests and staff) will retain their current ranks and warnings.
  • Supporters will retain their benefits.
  • By the way: Thank you to all who have supported the server in the last 11 months. The supporter system launched with Minecraft 1.6.4 almost a year ago and has been a tremendous success, with over $600 in contributions from you guys. That’s enough to cover the Alpha server (old VPS) and all extra fees for the domain and Mumble and such. If you would like to help, check out our supporter policy here, which has instructions on how to contribute. If you’re not in a position to help out, you are officially absolved of all guilt.

A few reminders about the new world:

  • You are allowed to claim ONE MRT station when the map opens on Saturday. No exceptions – including staff. You may not claim two or more stations, even though they may be right next to each other. Staff will be enforcing this and releasing extra claims – yes, even on the 119 stations of the Circle Line (which ZOMG THAT’S A LOT OF STATIONS).
  • You are allowed to claim a small amount of land, provided you develop it quickly. This includes land around MRT stations. Staff will be enforcing this rule and we will release claims if they are too big (usually bigger than 200×200), if they’ve sat undeveloped for a long time (usually 2 weeks), or if players are claiming an excessive number of smaller land parcels. You may not reserve an entire biome for yourself, nor may you reserve large islands just for your builds.
  • Laboratories, arenas and mini games are banned from the new world. If you would like to build a redstone lab, you may do so in the Lab world (yellow portal from the new world). If you would like to build a minigame or arena, those go in the Games world (blue portal from the new world).
  • Airports and stadiums will no longer be banned on either the old or new worlds as of Saturday. They are now a perk of the Governor and Senator ranks, respectively. High-speed rail systems are still banned on all worlds.
  • Only original builds on the new world are counted towards promotions. We will not count any builds in the Lab, Games, Space or Old worlds towards your build count for a promotion.
  • Moderators can promote now too – up to the [Mayor] rank! If you want to have your town reviewed for promotion, you can ask a mod to have a look in addition to admins. You need two staff members to approve your town before you can be promoted to Citizen, Councillor, or Mayor.
  • Towns and builds need to be far apart from each other – a good rule of thumb is about 500 blocks apart. We may ask you to move your town or build if it’s too close to someone else’s. (Remember, the new world is HUGE compared to the old world – 400 MRT stations across 11 lines, and almost 10 times the space!)
  • Members are discouraged from requesting WorldEdits during Opening Week (through and including Saturday, October 11). Staff will be busy adjusting things, finishing random tasks on the MRT system, and working on their own projects like the Mail Center during that time.
  • After Opening Week we will be performing WorldEdits as normal. However, we will prefer doing WorldEdits that are not land-scarring. For instance, removing trees, tall grass, vines, and other ground vegetation/foliage is OK, but taking out a whole mountain is not. We encourage you to work with the landscape as much as you can.
  • There should be at least one mod and/or at least one admin online at all times during the first few days. We’re more than happy to help you get oriented in the new world and get started on your new cities, as well as continue to answer questions about the new rules, ranks and construction guidelines.

Phew, that was a lot. I hope you all are as excited as I am. DFTBA!

– Chief

Ask us about Gamma!

The Gamma Server opens in less than two weeks! We have a GSM set for this Saturday, September 27th at 10pm UTC (normal time) to give announcements and answer your questions about the new server. We’re not doing any promotions or big rule changes this meeting – it should be short and sweet.

We want to know your questions! You can ask them during the meeting, or send them in advance. Guests are welcome to send questions to me in advance of the meeting, so long as they have completed at least one member application. Please note: if you are appealing a ban, you must do so by emailing the admins.

To ask questions during the meeting:

  1. You must be a Member or above.
  2. Connect to the Mumble server (the address is in Spawn Station, ask a mod for the password if you need it) on Saturday during the meeting.
  3. Message me using Mumble (right-click on “Chief”, then “Send Message”) that you have a question.
  4. I will add you to the queue and call on you when it’s your turn.

To ask questions in advance of the meeting, there are several ways to do it:

  • Tweet me your question @chiefbozx.
  • Email us your question. You can send it to the admin email address, or me directly. Both addresses are listed here. Do not send questions to Frumple directly, or else they will likely go unanswered!
  • Send me an MRT Mail message with your question. My P.O. Box is on the left wall of the Admod Vault on the main floor of the Mail Centre in Spawn City.
  • Post a message on our subreddit, /r/mrtserver.
  • Post a message on my User talk page on the wiki, User talk:Chiefbozx. (Not signed in? Use this link instead.) This option is only for Members and above.

In order for us to be able to answer all of your questions, we need them submitted by 8pm UTC on Saturday (1pm Pacific, 3pm Central, 4pm Eastern, 9pm London, 10pm Central Europe, 4am Sunday Singapore/Beijing, 6am Sunday Melbourne/Sydney).

So long as you submit your question to us on time, we will do all we can to answer your question in the public portion of the GSM, and post our answer to your question on the website afterwards.

We look forward to receiving your questions!

Thanks,
Chief

(P.S. I said this above, but it deserves re-stating: Ban appeals need to be emailed to us, we don’t accept them via Twitter. Thanks!)