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Global Ban Rules

Feb 18, 2017
Global Ban Rules
  • Valid Global Ban Reasons
    Valid reasons for global bans:
    • Griefing (Theft is included here. Please be sure to have screenshot proof). Please note that this can include edits and additions (not only block destructions), if done in a malicious manner to another player's build. For guidelines regarding the minimum number of block edits required in order for a griefing ban to be valid for the global list, see blue note #1 at the bottom of this section.
    • Causing server downtime by DoS or any other malicious method (Please note that proof must be very thorough for bans of this type).
    • Spambot ("Spamming/Spam/Spamming Chat" are not allowed, it must actually be automated)
    • Client-side modifications (Please be specific with your reason - "Hacking" is not enough information - See note #2 at the bottom of this section).
    • X-Ray related modifications (This includes x-ray texture packs)
    • Racism - follow the following process:
      • 1) Is it aimed at a player in a way which is clearly abusive?
        • Yes, go to 2
        • No, LOCAL ONLY
      • 2) Is it in public chat or a private message?
        • Public, CAN GLOBAL
        • Private, go to 3
      • 3) Is there a complaint from the player in question?
        • Yes, CAN GLOBAL
        • No, LOCAL ONLY
    • Homophobia - follow the following process:
      • 1) Is it aimed at a player in a way which is clearly abusive?
        • Yes, go to 2
        • No, LOCAL ONLY
      • 2) Is it in public chat or a private message?
        • Public, CAN GLOBAL
        • Private, go to 3
      • 3) Is there a complaint from the player in question?
        • Yes, CAN GLOBAL
        • No, LOCAL ONLY
    • Posting direct links to pornographic material or "shock" websites
    • Nazi symbols. Please note: In order to be valid for a global ban, such symbols must be placed with the intent to harass or vandalize, not by mistake or for a legitimate historical purpose. In cases where the intent is ambiguous, MCBans staff will issue a “soft local,” meaning that the ban is localized without penalty to the server.
    • Honeypots (Server must comply with Honeypot guidelines)

    Note #1: For griefing bans on creative servers, the player must have broken at least 5 blocks in a malicious manner in order for the ban to be valid for global. On survival servers, a ban involving more than 3 malicious block breaks is valid for global. Global bans on survival servers involving fewer than 3 block breaks may be localized in disputes (without penalty to the server) at the discretion of MCBans Dispute Team Staff.

    Note #2: Concerning client side modifications: simply using a modified/hacked client is not valid for a global ban. Please be sure to get proof of the player using the malicious hacks on your server. Please specify in your reason which type of hacking it is. Example: Flymod
    Please also note that book op hacks, though they may be harmful to servers, are not valid for global bans, because proper proof for such bans cannot be attained.

    Invalid Global Ban Reasons
    These ban reasons are NOT valid for the global ban list, and will be reported and localized. Invalid reasons for global bans are, but not limited to:

    • Harassment of server players or staff
    • Spamming
    • Too many alternate accounts
    • Ban reasons containing any foul language or name-calling
    • Griefing teams
    • Impersonation of MCBans staff
    • Impersonation of Planet Minecraft staff, or similar
    • Advertising or threats
    • Any builds containing male or female genitalia

    Operating your server in Online Mode

    It is important that your server remains in online mode while running the MCBans plugin for various reasons. These reasons include the inability to verify players against the Minecraft servers. This can have drastic undesired effects.

    Proof Policy
    When making a global ban, please be sure to retain screenshot or log proof for the ban. If a dispute is escalated to MCBans staff, we can and will ask the server for proof. It is very important to provide proof as promptly as possible as to not slow down the dispute process and to prevent your server from losing reputation. Proof must be shown in disputes even if the player admits to doing it.

    Proof should contain screenshots from a block-logging program such as LogBlock, and should never be based on speculation alone.

    Hamachi Server Policy
    Effective January 25th, 2012, Hamachi servers are not allowed to be created on the MCBans system. Any server found to be a Hamachi server will be removed and the offending server owner will be cautioned by MCBans staff. Repeat offenses such as recreating the server in the system may result in the inability to access the MCBans service or servers. Home-hosted servers ARE allowed, however must not be running Hamachi or by any other related VPN service.

    Improper Bans Policy
    As stated as an invalid global ban above, improper ban reasons will be investigated by MCBans staff and then localized. The offending server WILL lose reputation. Any form of foul language, harassment, or name-calling in a ban reason will result in the ban being reverted to local. For example: "needs to get a life" or "because I said so" will be localized on sight. Globally banning players that have never connected to your server will result in the ban being changed to local and the banning server being penalized or removed from the system. Ban retaliation such as "They banned us from their server!" is not a valid excuse.

    NoCheat Information
    NoCheat or an equivalent plugin is a good way to monitor hacking on your server. However, we expect servers to use caution when banning with the direct aid of NoCheat. Please read below before issuing a ban with the aid of NoCheat to avoid issuing an invalid global ban. Although it is rare, server lag can and will obscure or deform NoCheat's abilities to "pick up" cheaters. It is rare that we will accept bans for "extra packets" due to false triggers. Even if the VL level is over 600+, there is no guarantee we will accept it as a valid global ban.

    Additional Important Information
    Failure to abide by the above rules may result in your server being disabled from using the MCBans service, and your IP address being nullified. When a server is disabled, the system will automatically mark all bans on the server as void. A backup of your bans is accessible at all times in your banned-players.txt on your server. When issuing bans, please only use the English language as our staff team is only available in English. Any bans in a different language other than English will be localized unless MCBans staff decide to take the time to join the server under their own discretion.

    Please also note that social engineering is NOT a type of hacking. If a player claims to be from Planet Minecraft or related service, they are most likely wanting easier griefing or planning malicious intent. It is recommended that you locally ban these types of users immediately.