Daily Archives: April 15, 2015

GSM this Saturday! And a security reminder!

Hey guys! It’s already that time of the month – there will be a GSM this Saturday at 8:30 PM UTC!

GSM details

Please note the time change! To better accommodate staff schedules, the meeting will be two hours earlier, with the public portion beginning at 8:30 pm (in theory) UTC instead of 10:30 (or 11) like it has in the past. No guarantees that we’ll actually be done by 8:30, but we’ll try. 🙂

Request your promotions here! Do it now so we don’t miss you! I’ll update the spreadsheet while riding the train on Saturday so please be sure to get your request in soon. No, we’re not doing Premier yet. Sorry – we’ll be doing that in May! There are currently (as of Wednesday at 11pm Central) 12 candidates for Senator and 6 candidates for Governor.

If you have roads to discuss, email us details! Send those to the admins and we’ll stick it all in the agenda.

If you have an airport to discuss, email us details! You can send us airport proposals even if you’re going for Governor – you can then start building immediately once you’re promoted. We need to know about your airport to ensure compliance with the half-size rule.

If you want to nominate someone for Moderator, email us details! Send those to admins and we’ll put in your suggestions. The only requirement is that the player in question is a Trustee or higher, but longevity and activity are looked at as well We don’t look for building skills or technical skills when assessing whether someone is fit to become a moderator; rather, their community and management skills. Age and geographical location are ignored. Please send your reason for nomination as well. There are currently 4 candidates for Moderator.

If you want to buy Frumple a taco, do that here!

Finally, a security reminder

MineChat and other phone chat clients can steal your password. Our official recommendation is: DON’T USE THEM!!!

In the last month or so, two players (who shall remain anonymous) have independently informed admins that their accounts have been hacked (or otherwise used without their knowledge and consent), but they don’t know why. Both of them also told us, or we have noticed, that they had been using MineChat to access the server.

While correlation is not the same as causation, we are suspecting that MineChat and similar clients may be responsible for these incidents. These are not official Mojang apps, and they require you to store your data in the app. They are also not open source, so no one can verify that they keep the data to themselves. Long story short, these apps might be stealing your password.

Please be smart about what clients you use, and change your password if you don’t trust them. (You should change your password anyway now that you’ve read this.) We also recommend that you switch to a Mojang account if you haven’t already, and set good security questions to prevent further damage.

Thank you for helping keep the Internet, and your accounts, safe.

(Admins using the MCMA client on Android and iOS: since that is an official client by CubeCoders, you do not need to take any additional precautions, however it is recommended that you change your MCMA password anyway.)

See you all on Saturday!