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Keane

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Keane last won the day on November 30 2019

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  1. I'll do my best to summarize what happened but there's quite a lot to get through. To quickly touch on ban appeals being hidden, what Notbond said is correct. Ever since we moved faction applications to the forums where only the poster can see their thread, it's been a lot easier to handle on the staff side of things. We've been discussing doing it with ban appeals for a while. We'll likely do it with refund requests and asset transfers too. Staff applications have been moved to a similar system which you'll see when we open staff applications next. Ban appeals are something we wanted to keep public but the thing that changed my mind is the fact that we had staff members spending more time removing irrelevant posts from unrelated players than handling the appeals themselves. I'll consider making them public again sometime in the future but for now, they'll be staying hidden. The players themselves can choose what's made public. There's already screenshots being shared of the existing ban appeals across several Discords. The Executive Security Discord wasn't raided. With Legal FM now more active than it has ever been, it now has the capacity to deal with the smaller legal factions rather than ignoring them like was done previously. Members of Legal FM were in regular contact with every approved faction. It has been standard practice since the first few months of the community to have the Head of Legal FM and the faction's handler in DIscords relating to approved legal factions. Legal FM is given full administrator rights so they can see every channel. Someone in Legal FM found that this was not the case. They contacted every faction leader and requested access to every Discord to be in line with every other faction. Upon joining the Executive Security Discord, the following activities were discovered: attempted doxing of community members and staff members, including Nervous himself; frequent usage of racist and homophobic slurs used in a manner that can be deemed offensive; antisemitic behavior, which mostly consisted of members of the Discord using Jew as an insult; banned players admitting to ban evading but not being reported by anyone in the Discord. Nobody in the Discord seemed to have an issue with anything that was being said. In fact, there was even a group that were laughing about the amount of times (almost 300) the hard R was used in the Discord. Here's part of the logs that were copied prior to Legal FM taking screenshots: Unfortunately the people in that Discord felt that was acceptable so they were issued bans. It's really a lot worse than they're making it out to be. It occurred on a Discord for a faction that has been RPing here for quite some time. It had nothing but GTA World players. Those that made unban appeals are trying to claim that it's not a GTA World platform or there's no evidence. That tells me they really don't give a shit and/or think racism is acceptable. It's not in this community. Nervous was the one that approved the bans in the first place. He was involved from the moment we discovered that there was a group attempting to dox players. So no, none of this was done behind his back. Nervous was consulted from the start to the finish when he approved the bans. For those that actually want to get unbanned, own up to it. Finding excuses and trying to make the ban seem invalid isn't going to get you anywhere. Justifying racism is just going to get you permanently banned.
  2. You're not being given a platform to defend people who are being racist and anti-Semitic. What occurred was on a Discord entirely populated by GTA World players for a faction that was actively RPing on GTA World. That means that admins can freely enforce the server rules there. Legal Faction Management were informed that the faction was closing on Monday but people felt the need to be racist before then.
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    Limit on age?

    This got out of hand. As I posted previously, we're working on updating the rules now. It should be released very soon.
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    Limit on age?

    We originally allowed younger characters so characters involved in gangs could be realistically developed. Unfortunately, a small portion of the community have acted extremely inappropriately as characters under the age of 18. I'm sure a lot of you saw the ban earlier for the type of innappropriate behavior that I'm sure everyone should agree isn't welcome on the server. At a Management level, we were discussing a minimum age. The minimum age of 12 is far below what I wanted it to be but I wasn't consulted on that. What was originally a discussion about the minimum character age expanded into a revamp of our rules around sexual roleplay in general. Recent behaviour has made us prioritize this rule revamp. I'm working with FullyCanadian (who typed up the vast majority of this rule change) to get it added to the rules as soon as possible. Characters will be a minimum of 18 years old unless they are part of a gang faction. For the most part, it has been underage characters outside of gangs causing issues. Characters that are part of gang factions need to be 15 years old or older. We have also decided to write up an entirely new rule that goes into a lot more detail about sexual roleplay of any kind. It's going to be detailed and restrictive. It covers everything from sexual intercourse itself to sexualized character descriptions. All characters involved in sexual activity will need to be 18 years old or older, as will the players themselves. The rule changes themselves are written up. I'm just working with the rest of Management to shorten the rules and update the wording so it's a little clearer.
  5. Now this is something I wasn't aware of personally. I'll speak to the relevant parties within the staff team to figure out why this is in place.
  6. 13) Abusing a Purchase Firearm License (PF License) Admins stay out of the way of the distribution of legal firearms or ammunition unless one of the following happens: a player makes a character just to sell PF weapons, but does nothing else on that character; a member of an illegal organization uses PF weapons to supply their group rather than making IC contacts for illegal weapons; the sale of PF weapons (or weapons in general) has OOC involvement, rather than being a strictly IC process. It seems a lot of you have misunderstood the rules that are in place about PF weapons. The main idea is to prevent players from effectively creating burner characters for illegal activity. We also want to make sure that illegal weapons are being circulated. If we went back to allowing literally everyone to have PF licenses, then we'll go back to the days when gangs could pop up and start shootings from day one because half the faction has PF licenses. Unfortunately a fully IC system won't work on a server where we're trying to uphold a certain standard of RP. On occasion, Management add additional OOC restrictions to react to what happens on the server. An example of that is specifically preventing gang members from getting PF weapons. A lot of them were powergaming by getting a PF license while roleplaying under 18, and purchasing handguns while under 21. There was also a lot of burner characters and OOC dealing. Issues like these are far less common in other types of illegal factions, hence why they're not restricted.
  7. Hey everyone, May has probably been one of the busiest months we have had on the server. The staff team has been hard at work doing everything they can to keep up with the demand the wave of new and returning players has brought. Everyone in the staff team has really stepped up to help keep the community running. I honestly can't thank them enough for all their hard work. The increase in demand on the staff has brought some plans I had forward. An idea that I had around this time last year was to split the staff team up a little better. For as long as I've been here, the Support Team has been used primarily as a recruitment process for admins. As of this announcement, the Support Team and the Admin Team are formally being split up. We want to make the Support Team a dedicated part of the staff team with full time members. The current Support role has been simplified. Staff members at a Support level have a reduced level of access on the UCP compared to what they had before. Previously, Support could access admin records and view alternate accounts of players. This was so they could help admins directly, especially as part of sub-teams. With the reduced access, we hope to give more players a chance to join the staff team and give them a chance to prove themselves within it. Support Team members will progress to be Senior Support rather than immediately being given admin. In addition to their previous tasks, Senior Support will also assist with forum moderation. They will also be considered to be reserve admins. The reserve admin system is something we will be trialing over the next month. Senior Support will temporarily be given an admin role in-game to help out when it gets busy. This will hopefully result in quicker response times to reports, as well as give members of the Support Team a chance to gain experience and show they are capable of progressing to the admin team. Senior Support members will be selected over the next few days. To wrap things up, I'll be asking you all to join me in thanking the existing staff members for their hard work this month and congratulating those that are joining the team and getting promoted within it. Keane Admin Promotions Game Administrator Level 1 to Game Administrator Level 2 @Bospy @Cara @Groz Trial Administrator to Game Administrator Level 1 @Brox @Cheeezy @Moonsong Support to Trial Administrator @Chey @Shanks @Sharvit New Support Team Members @Bash @HaveADream @nateX @perkydon @Wirbelwind Reserve Support Team Members There are no applicants on the reserve list this month as we are rethinking the system. If you applied for the staff team and your name is not on this list, you have unfortunately been denied. You may contact @KV for feedback and the denial reason. Any denied applicants this month may not reapply until the staff applications open again in July for the staff update in August 2020.
  8. It's unfortunate that this couldn't have been a civil discussion. I'll answer the original question. Because other players can too. It's only used IC for situations where typing isn't possible. Anyone that uses it for IC communication outside of emergency situations is metagaming and will be treated like any other player that commits the same offence. Feel free to report any instances of suspected metagame by PD or SD in a regular player report, to the leadership of the faction they come from or to Legal FM.
  9. To clarify, THIS DOES NOT MEAN ASSET TRANSFERS ARE PERMITTED DURING THE 10 DAYS. ASSET TRANSFERRING IS STILL VERY MUCH AGAINST THE RULES. All this announcement means is that if you have asset transferred in the past, now is your chance to come clean before admin action is taken. Make sure to FORUM PM THE FORMAT to Fenrir and Selena and don't bother other admins.
  10. Asset Transferring and You As a lot of you have already seen, we've had an increase in the amount of unauthorized asset transfers on the server. There has also been some cases of players using real money to buy GTA World money. We have several systems in place to catch players involved. As you can see in the ban appeal forum, they have been very effective recently. Some of you might ask why we take asset transferring without permission so seriously. The main reason is that it provides a huge advantage over other players who have either earned their money legitimately through playing the game or went through the process to get a transfer approved. Or in a more recent case, it allowed a group to obtain a large amount of weapons in a short period of time which gave them the upper hand in a conflict they had with another group. Here is a reminder of the rule with some of the more important parts put in bold: 14) Real World Trading / OOC Asset Transfers Real World Trading is defined as trading anything with value outside of the IC environment in-game for anything of value in-game. This is not allowed under any circumstances. Trading anything in-game requires IC reasoning to match the value and importance of the item being traded. Trading items without enough IC reasoning is considered a breach of the rules. Selling firearms without establishing a proper IC relationship, giving cars away without strong IC reasons and selling a property for less money to an OOC friend are a few of the many examples this rule can be broken. You may not transfer anything between any of your characters without an approved asset transfer request. The forum to request approval can be found by clicking HERE. The same format can be used to if a friend wants to give money to help with a roleplay project when the character giving the money does not have a strong enough IC reason to do so. Anyone that provides assistance to another community members breaching this rule will also be punished. Mappers can be contacted OOC for mapping projects and paid IC money for the projects. This is the one exception to the rule as the logistics behind organizing a full interior change IC (which would require a design company, a construction company with electricians, plumbers etc.) is too large for a simple task such as mapping. E.G. Using donator features to make IC money (furniture slots and /bad are exceptions and are allowed); Trading items that have value in real life, or items on another roleplay community or platform in return for items of value on GTA World; Giving assets or money away because you're name changing, CKing or leaving the server; Paying real money for GTA World money; Transferring stockpiled weapons to a friend to help start their new faction; Transferring money from one of your characters to another; Setting up trades for OOC transfers to appear legitimate via IC means (i.e. a fake deal). As of this message, we're giving players until the 17th of May (10 days) to come forward and admit to any asset transfers they have done without prior admission from admins. Any players that admit to asset transferring and help the admin recover the assets that were transferred will not face any administrative punishment outside of a warning on their record. Community members that are willing to come clean or report others for unauthorized asset transfers should send the following format to @Fenrir @Selena or @Anselmi who have volunteered to help out. Involved character names and UCP accounts: Transferred assets: (Below are examples) 18:00 - DD/MMM/YYYY - 1x Apartment (Firstname Lastname to Firstname Lastname) 18:00 - DD/MMM/YYYY - 1x Schafter V12 (Firstname Lastname to Firstname Lastname) 18:00 - DD/MMM/YYYY - $200,000 (Firstname Lastname to Firstname Lastname) Make sure to include the time, date, asset transferred and the involved characters. Once you submit the PM, the admin team will confirm the transfers in the logs and then remove the assets.
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