April 2021 ISM Results

We had a fairly short ISM so I’m gonna hit ya with the details…

Rail’d

autobus22 requested for a rules exception to run a rail ferry between Risima and Niwen. With his detailed proposal, it was approved. A more general rule has been proposed at the May GSM to allow other people to do similar things. Be sure to check it out!

Hit the Lights

  • Skelezomperman was approved for their event funding for the 5th season of MLS Shoveler’s Cup in July/August.
  • frogggggg was denied their event funding for the 2021 Summer Games due to lack of event interest polling.

And that was all! See ya at the May GSM!

-Sese


April 2021 GSM Results

Da Rules

The meeting had quite a few rule changes/additions. This led to a lot of discussion around wording and handling of certain cases.

300/500 Block Rules

Staff approved a proposal from Frumple to rewrite of the 300/500 block rules to revise the wording and clarify that you must contact the mayor when building near a town. Here is the updated text:

300-block proximity rule: If you want to build within 300 blocks of any town or structure belonging to another player, you must obtain explicit permission from them before you start building. The town/structure owner has the right to deny permission for any reason.

One exception is that if you want to build a road or railway that is near or through an inactive town/structure (where the owner hasn’t been on the server for at least 3 months), you can submit an Inactive Town Bypass request to staff, which will be considered at the next staff meeting.

Revised 300 Block Rule from Frumple

500-block communication rule: If you want to build within 300 to 500 blocks of any town or structure belonging to another player, you must make a reasonable effort to notify that player before you start building. The town/structure owner must accommodate you in a reasonable manner. If no response is given within a week, you may proceed with building.

The 500-block rule does not apply for inactive towns/structures.

Revised 500 Block Rule from Frumple

Plagiarism Rule

One major topic of the meeting was about clearing up the declaration of builds that are copied or taken from other places. Staff agreed on Frumple‘s wording (with an amendment from yours truly) that will be updated on the site.

Plagiarism (that is, presenting builds or creations of another person as your own) will not be tolerated. Give credit where credit is due.

When submitting a town review or when requested by staff, you are responsible for truthfully declaring the origin of all buildings in their town. Failure to be truthful in this declaration may result in warnings. Any buildings that are not declared will be assumed by staff to be primarily built by the town mayor. Franchises are exempt from this requirement and do not need to be declared.  As a rule of thumb, you should declare builds if you contributed less than 50% of the effort towards the construction of the build. If you are unsure of the percentage of your own effort or if it’s close to 50%, it is recommended that you err on the side of caution and declare it anyway.

If you are copying a build from another source (such as another player or an external website), you must first ensure that you have the appropriate rights or permissions to copy that build. Franchises are exempt from these requirements. Town Mayors must keep a public record of copied builds that describe the original source/builder and location of build.

These public records can be in the form of:

– List of builds on the MRT Wiki

– Public spreadsheet (i.e: Google sheets)

– In-game sign placed in an easily visible location on the copied build

Requiring IAT Requestor to contact Owners

Staff approved a proposal from sesese9 (me!) to require any person seeking to IAT any asset have to attempt to contact the original owner. The final wording that was settled on was:

Before submitting an IAT, you must contact the owner and ask them to transfer the asset to you, also stating your intent to submit an IAT. If they do not respond within a week, you may submit the IAT request. If the owner declines to transfer the asset and you believe there are extenuating circumstances, you may also submit the IAT.

There was also talk about whether we should apply this to Inactive Bypasses too. Staff agreed that it should so the site will be updated with the wording for both IAT’s and Inactive Bypasses (abbreviation TBD, blame chief).

Event Polling

Staff approved a proposal from Frumple that requires anyone seeking event funding to poll interest in the future event before requesting for funding. This will help the planner have a good idea of who will participate and also affirm to staff that an event will go through and not be cancelled due to low interest/turnout.

Fish Spawning

Staff denied a proposal from Sasha9076 to disable fish spawning on the server. In our current setup on the server, it’s not possible to only disable fish on the server. Frumple did find a plugin called MobsManager that can allow for specific disabling of spawning animals however worries of overhead and bugs that can arise from installing it.

Miles of Asphalt

We had a lot of transport projects this GSM! Love to see more infrastructure and transit connections through the server. All of them were approved! Here’s the list:

  • A8 Extension: VickiTori_
  • Inactive Town Bypass: hvt2011
  • A980 Reroute: Sasha9076
  • 2 Canals in NW Server: Noahrebl_ (with staff supervision)
  • B417 reroute: Avaneesh2008
  • B34: Freskooo
  • B354: Jonathan0930
  • B38 Extension: Racer395
  • A892 Phase 1.5: CodyHM (Former stub from main A8 to Vegeta will be folded into the road too)

Musical Transfers

Misss_Solemnis was approved to take over Tirivio. This was proposed last ISM but was re-proposed after staff asked Missa to check with ModernArt given the close proximity. Since they were good with it, everything was cleared.

Sasha9076 was approved to take over an unfinished plot in Central City.

CodyHM was approved to take over the remaining 10% of Oceanic Langus Airways from MaxStewartS.

And that’s a wrap from me. The lateness is a total “Blame Sese” moment so yeah. Otherwise, see ya next ISM on April 25th.


April Fools 2021 – The Purge

For this year’s April Fools, we are doing another “Purge” event (like the one before Zeta opened), where players can grief and blow up the worlds to their heart’s content. The differences this time is that this event will be held on the beta server, and we will have controlled explosions.

What does “controlled explosions” mean? Instead of letting everyone use TNT to blow up multiple locations at the same time, the use of TNT will be granted by staff to only a few members at a time and for one location at a time. This will help ensure that the server doesn’t crash from lag, and that the event lasts for hopefully several hours, not minutes. There will be some coordination required between staff and members in ensuring everyone gets a turn with TNT and deciding which locations to blow and in what order, so it is recommended that you join Discord voicechat to help with this coordination.

The event will begin on Thursday, April 1st at 2pm UTC (7 am PDT), to allow for those in Asian timezones to possibly participate. Main server will be shut down, and beta server will be restarted with increased memory and some configuration changes. We will try to keep the event running as long as possible throughout the day to allow as many people a chance to blow things up, but there’s always a risk that even with controlled explosions, the server may fall over eventually. Once the event is over, beta server will be shut down and main server will be restored, and all builds will return to as if nothing happened.

Beta server is currently shut down for now, but when the event is running, you can connect to it at minecartrapidtransit.net:35565.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact via Discord or email.

Thanks,
Frumple


March 2021 ISM Results

Oh would ya look at that. March is almost over! Here are the results from the March 2021 ISM.

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles!

frogggggg and fork_07 proposed a network of roads (B221/B222/B223) in the Northern Peninsula near Titsensaki. They were given approval pending zb7 gives the thumbs up for their town.

Noahrebl_ requested to build a network of canals in the Northwestern area of the server. This plan was rejected for being too ambitious and not feasible given their record of leaving projects partly started. Staff suggested for Noah to ask Conric005 if they could take over the original canal that Conric had permission to finish (where S3 is on the map below). If Noah wants to do the other canals, it was suggested that they propose them one at a time.

PaintedBlue was given the approval to build the B4 from Cape Cambridge to Oceanside. The orange and yellow portions of the road were proposed and later, approved. Other sections of the road (in red) will be proposed later in the future.

Jonathan0930 proposed the B354, which would go from Beningbury through Yalebrook, Harmony Grove, and end in Hannibal (dashed green line on map below). This was denied over lack of detail on the map and concerns of the road quality with it being a proposed 4 lane road through the mountains. Staff asked for a more detailed map of the route and a sample of the road when Jonathan re-proposes the road again in the future.

Foote_Chicken proposed a small extension of the B246 from Bawktown to Kaleville. This was approved.

Is this thing on?

Staff approved two event funding grants!

NameOrganizerDate
The IllluminatiNoahrebl_Sometime in April
XX TacoBurritoAThonSkelezompermanMay 22nd

Can I haz plz?

We had a few Inactive Asset Transfers this ISM.

Missa_Solemnis requested the town of Tirivio (formerly owned by theDragon_37/loldop). Given the town’s close proximity to SW19, owned by ModernArt, staff asked Missa to ask Modern first if they are okay with Missa doing the IAT. Staff denied the IAT to allow Missa to resubmit once they have talked to Modern.

Foote_Chicken was given the town of Raymont (XE40)(formerly owned by TechAutoBlog).

CodyHM was given MRT Airlines (an airline formerly owned by LightningMC).

And that does it for this update! Remember to submit your topics/moderator nominations for the April 11th GSM. Until the next one, see ya!

-Sese


March 2021 GSM Results

Riding off into the Sunset

We start with an event that happened after the GSM. megascatterbomb has resigned from his position of Administrator as of March 13th. He sent the following letter to the Discord server announcing his resignation.

I encourage you to read the letter fully and make your own informed judgement. As a close friend, I wish him the best in his future endeavors and hope he succeeds. He will be missed on the server.

And now, onto our regularly scheduled GSM updates…

New Mods?

NameForNeutralAgainstDid Not VoteResult
Wipeout1117503Not Promoted
CodyHM1464Not Promoted
PaintedBlue0573Not Promoted
Weier4443Not Promoted

Like the table? Let me know if you want me to keep doing that in future posts/propagandas. But as you can see, none of the candidates were promoted. To clarify for everyone, our threshold to promote a candidate is 2/3 of staff present at the meeting (Did Not Votes do not count in the tally). For this GSM, that threshold was 8 (12 staff present) for which Wipeout was 1 short. All of these candidates can be re-nominated at the next GSM as they aren’t subject to cooldown yet.

Mod Nom Updates

Later in the GSM, we talked about updates to the Moderator Nomination process. We started talking about the quality of nominations that we have received since November 2020. kyyl proposed a nomination cooldown aimed to stop someone from repeatedly nominating a candidate. Staff went in a different direction and instead updated our standards of which we deem an acceptable nomination:

  • Nominations should have at least 1 form of evidence (in total for the nomination)
  • Nominations should mention each of the criteria and discuss how the candidate fulfills them

Should either of these not be fulfilled, staff have the right to deny the nomination. Given that we haven’t denied a nomination before, we then discussed the process for handling denied nominations. From community feedback during the GSM, we will add all denied nominations at the end of the Moderator Nominations Doc that we post all moderator nominations in for each respective GSM. This keeps the accountability of the process while also demonstrating the standard that staff are expecting for nominations.

Frumple proposed new guidelines on how a candidate can ask about a possible veto. Many in the community wanted to ask Frumple about whether he would veto their candidacy but Frumple was not able to give them an answer unless they had 2 moderator nominations. Thanks to some feedback from the community (mainly KittyCat11231), it was decided that the prospective candidate can ask Frumple, at any time, whether he would veto them. Once asked, Frumple will give them an answer and post the exact answer publicly (similar to his veto had worked before). Frumple created a graphic below to show the various statuses that a candidate can go through during the process.

Hanging Overseas

Staff had two event proposals, both from LondonThameslink, requesting for funding. They were both approved in full and are listed below. Staff wish London the best of luck with the prep and can’t wait to see the action/fun from it!

Name Date
London’s Pub Quiz: Go Forth Late March/Early April
MGA Easter Tournament March 28th at 7PM UTC

Fly-a-way Bus

CodyHM submitted an inactive transfer request of Hermes Bus, an inactive bus company from 3 years ago owned by Moriaofmines. This IAT was challenged by sesese9 to also takeover the company. Staff were torn over giving the company to either person and gave the ownership to sesese9 and requested that Sese talk to CodyHM about a possible ownership agreement between the two.

Setting Dawn

PtldKnight submitted an IAT for the town of Dawn (Circle Line Station C105), formerly owned by Beeskee. This was denied as Armada (Ptld’s town) is too far from Dawn to give a sufficient claim and there wasn’t a good enough reasoning given by Ptld to take over the town by itself.

Oh and one last thing, MRT Main and MRT Beta Minecraft servers will be undergoing scheduled maintenance on April 1st. None of the other MRT services will be affected, however. More information will be given as the date approaches.

And that’s it! It was a short meeting in terms of topics but lots of stuff did come out of it. Until the next one, see ya!

-Sese