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Diamond Shaft Minecraft Server(s) Official Rules!

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Diamond Shaft Network
Official Universal Rules

All rules that are listed on this thread are in effect as of May 2015 and apply to all ranks on the Diamond Shaft Network. The following rules apply to the Diamond Shaft Minecraft Servers,TeamSpeak. All of the chat rules apply to any of our chat systems we have, an example of this would be private message or party chat.

All users are to read and follow the rules to avoid the punishment of kick or ban. If for any reason a rule needs to be changed or modified, the Diamond Shaft Administration has the right to do so.

Using an alternate account to avoid punishment such as a mute or ban is prohibited on the Diamond Shaft network. If caught doing this your ban/mute may be extended and the alternate account will be banned.
 

(1.1) Respect All Staff Members
All decisions made by the Diamond Shaft Staff Team is considered final. Please do not argue with a judgement made by one of our staff members. If you feel a member of staff is abusing you or others, please use the Contact Us button at the bottom of our forums.

(1.2) Respect All Users
RAU - Respect All Users, we are all human and we all like the Diamond Shaft Network. Please be respectful and kind to others while playing games, or even lounging in channels. Forum respect will be enforced, do not write something that will be considered rude, it does hurt someone’s feelings in the end. Discrimination or threats of any kind is not tolerated and will result in possible warnings, then ban.
We will NOT allow the following:

  • Racism
  • Sexism
  • Ageism
  • Remarks about Disabilities
  • Religion
  • Or any other kinds of Discrimination

Also a note on other languages, it is not considered racist if they don't speak your language. English is recommended when asking something from an English Staff Member, though we do not require you to speak it. You are free to speak any language on the Diamond Shaft server (In Private Chat, Party Chat), but speaking any other language in the main chat, swearing or breaking chat rules in another language will not be allowed.

Please be mindful of others when speaking in chat, we do have children playing on the network with you. Direct Cursing (swearing) is not allowed. This also includes the naming of 'pets'. Profane or offensive pet names will not be tolerated.

(1.3) You are Responsible for your own Security
Any breach made by a family, friend, or random stranger is on you. The Diamond Shaft Network does not take responsibility for your security on your Minecraft accounts or forum account. If a rule is broken under an account, that account will be punished. No exceptions.

(1.4) Do not Impersonate or Act as a Staff Member
Impersonating is a serious offense on the Diamond Shaft Network, as we do not take this lightly. If you witness someone impersonating a YouTuber or Staff Member, please contact a Moderator ASAP. Impersonating to be staff on the forums is not allowed, please do not trick someone to think you are able to do something that you can’t.
Moderators will have the light red [Mod] prefix, and all Administrators will have a dark red [Admin] prefix for identification.

(1.5) Do not Attempt to Attack our Servers 

Attempting or threatening to attack or take down any of our servers will be dealt with promptly by a permanent ban without appeal. DDOSing or other forms of this will result in contact with law enforcement agencies. 

Threatening to 'hack' the server or gain unauthorised access will result in a permanent ban.

(1.6) Staff Team Decision (repeat offending or disruption)
Staff team decision. Repeatedly committing offences after being punished or warned previously will result in a ban or causing any form of disruption to our forums, TeamSpeak or ingame server will result in a ban at the discretion of the staff member.

(1.7) Advertising is not Permitted
Advertising other servers on the Diamond Shaft Network or TeamSpeak will result in an immediate permanent ban from the Network & Forums. This includes sharing an IP or Website/Domain (other than that of Diamond Shaft) in public chat, messaging system, forum post etc.

(2.1) Do not Spam or use Excessive Capital Letters
Spam of any type is not permitted. The minimal requirement for it to be classified as spam includes, but is not restricted to the posting of same or similar messages consecutively, a repetitive number of times within the space of a few or more seconds. Messages comprising of all or a large amount of caps is also considered spam. Spam on the Forums will not be tolerated, spamming posts or threads will either get you suspended or banned from the forums.

(2.2) Offensive Skins are not Permitted
Skins that are offensive or sexually explicit are not permitted on the Diamond Shaft Network. All who have a skin of such nature will be warned at first, but further consequences may follow if use of the skin is continued.

(2.3) Offensive Capes are not Permitted
Capes that have offensive or sexually explicit content are not permitted on the Diamond Shaft Network. As capes are an extension of your skin inappropriate capes will be treated the same as inappropriate skins. All who have a cape of this kind will be warned first, if you do not change or remove the cape then further action will be taken.

We are aware that players can be bought capes without their knowledge and they can be offensive. In this case, if you are warned by a member of staff that you have an offensive cape on we will require you to take it off. If not then you will be punished in the same way.

(2.4) Offensive Usernames are not Permitted
Usernames that could be considered offensive like, sexual topics, bad words or distasteful are forbidden. If you don't follow that rule you will be permanently banned from the server. Please don't forget that we want a server family friendly.

(2.5) Offensive Builds are not Permitted                                                                                           

Builds that are highly inappropriate or profane will result in the build being demolished, and the builder being tempbanned, warned, or banned if the staff member so decides.

(2.6) Client Modifications/Hacks are Strictly Forbidden
Use of modified clients or hacked clients is strictly forbidden on the Diamond Shaft Network. Any modification that will help a user win a game or give them an advantage is considered illegal. If caught using Hacked Clients or Modifications, will result in a temporary ban or permanent ban from the Diamond Shaft Network.
Types of modifications that are allowed:

  • Mods that are purely for aesthetic purposes, eg: Shaders Mods
  • Mods that provide enhancement to the way Minecraft performs (FPS etc), eg: Optifine.
  • Rei's Minimap and Better Sprinting are now allowed as we can limit certain options.

Types of modifications that are not allowed:

  • Mods that provide enhanced player movement, eg: Smart Movement Mod.
  • Mods that allow flight, 'speed hacks', and extended reach.
  • Mods that provide additional data to the player that would otherwise not be seen, eg: Radar Chest Mods.
  • Mods that exploit the AFK prevention system by constantly pinging player movement, eg: Macros and 'Rave Mods'.
  • Macro Mods are strictly prohibited to staff use, anyone using them that isn't a staff member will be dealt with accordingly. 
  • Mods that change your gamma and allow brightness other than that found in normal minecraft. (This includes modifying your client to increase gamma)
  • Texture packs that increase your brightness or gamma beyond that found in normal minecraft.

 

(3.0) Teamspeak/Discord Rules
ts3.diamondshaft.com / https://discord.gg/yKncNjP
Rules that are listed above are still enforced in the TeamSpeak and Discord servers, do not think that only the rules below apply to you on TeamSpeak/Discord. Please read the rules below that relate to the Diamond Shaft TeamSpeak/Discord.

  • Playing Loud Music or Sound files is forbidden, unless approved by all users in the channel.
  • Using a voice changer is not allowed.
  • Names that can be considered offensive or inappropriate are not allowed.
  • Voice Recording on TeamSpeak or Discord without user agreement or staff agreement is considered forbidden in all events.
    • In some countries/states it is considered illegal to record voice without the user’s permission. (We do not take responsibility for your actions.)
  • Tags in usernames such as [MVP] are not permitted.
  • Trolling, Screaming, or acting childish will not be tolerated.
  • Switching Channels continuously is considered spam, don’t do it.
  • Do not annoy or bother the staff members too much!

Failure to follow TeamSpeak/Discord Rules will result in a kick, then a tempban (or kick/bans from the Discord server). If you have history of rule breaking you will be permanently banned. Can also result in ban on the server itself if the admins decide to.


(4.0) Rules for those Interested in Helping Ingame
Currently there are quite a lot of problems with people getting annoyed at being told what to do by a non-staff member, on top of this there is also a lot of you wondering how you can become a staff member if you keep getting told off for helping. Well here are some guidelines/rules for you to follow to stop this confusion from happening.

(4.1) You can answer players questions, there is nothing wrong with that. However, don’t answer questions if you are unsure on the answer, its not game related or it’s not directed at you. It’s okay to answer questions such as “how to equip a hat” “how to join factions” etc, basically any information that can be spotted on signs around lobbies or under /help.
Answering questions on how to buy ranks, upgrade to ranks or even where to report stuff is acceptable, but once again if you are unsure please remember don’t answer if you are unsure. There is nothing worse than giving out the wrong information as it just causes problems at a later date.


(4.2) You cannot be rude to any other person even if they’re being rude to you, treat people with respect you don’t know what the situation is at the other end. On top of this you can’t be giving out orders regarding the rules, for example “STOP SPAMMING” there should be a staff member in the server, a Guardian is a staff member even if their provocative is to help they’re still staff and have commands to control these situations. If the staff member in your lobby isn’t responding to a question or isn’t dealing with said rule breaker, and its now been 20-30 seconds of a user spamming an IP or breaking a rule, try /msg to the staff member or better yet screenshot what is going wrong and report it here on the forums. You can also seek another staff member from a different serer, but please don’t take the situation into your own hands and try telling them what to do, it tends to make the situation worse.

(4.3) If you aren’t a staff member we don’t want you using macros, since it can cause unnecessary spam with yourself and the staff member answering the question at the same time. It can also be a problem if you use the wrong macro as that leads to false information. Staff members shouldn’t need to be racing to answer questions in case a Donator gets there first, this itself can cause mistakes and we want you guys to be enjoying the server. So you really want to be a staff member or know someone who does? You aren’t going to impress the staff if you are annoying them by beating them to the post, causing problems by giving out the wrong information or even telling others what to do when you shouldn’t be.

(4.4) You can impress us by helping when a staff member appears to be AFK, answering the smaller general questions, reporting rule breakers on the forums, being on the TeamSpeak server often and talking. If a staff member asks you to ease it up a little don’t be offended its for all the best reasons, just be polite about it.

(4.5) Causing commotion or an argument with a staff member will put you on their bad books, lowering your chances. The staff are one huge family in a way, meaning if you annoy one it will spread badly to the others.

(4.6) Someone who isn't liked by staff members won't get accepted as it will cause friction which we can't have among staff. It’s not fun for the staff when they have players running around yelling at them for doing their job, we are volunteers and there to help and moderate that is what we have been chosen for. All we ask is that you don’t take the fun away for us but instead start to help us, if you are unsure be sure to /msg any moderator if you have concerns on what you can and can’t do.


(5.0) Administration

The Diamond Shaft Network Rules are subject to change at anytime, you are responsible for keeping up to date with them. The Diamond Shaft Administration has the right to add, remove or modify any and all items on the list of rules and regulations. Thank you for reading the rules and following them.

 

Edited by CamoVampy
Added rule 2.5, added Discord link, edited some text.
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Survival Server Rules

This is a continuation on the rules above If you have not already read them, I recommend you do. This post is more specific towards the Survival server rather than a guideline for all servers.

(6.1) Griefing

Just like anyone, we do not like griefers. We understand how you feel to have the building you spent hours on making demolished. If you ever get griefed just ask a staff member to assist you and they will ban the griefer and roll back the grief. Griefing is not attached to just breaking blocks, but also destroying another players crops and not replanting them, it is just as bad as destroying a home.

(6.1.1) Stealing

Just like griefing, no one likes to have all their items stolen. While I suppose this rule isn't necessary since it is basically a derivative of griefing however, many members think that just because it isn't specified it isn't against the rules. So here we go, stealing is against the rules, if you are caught stealing you will be banned and rolled back just like griefing.

(6.2) Ingame Direct Swearing

As stated in the Universal Rules, directly swearing at another player is against the rules, no one likes to be harassed / bullied online. We also understand that words slip sometimes, example: You are out mining and you break the block in front of you and lava gushes in front of you and burns you. It is ok to have a moment of rage, just do not direct it towards anyone else!

(6.2.1) Racism/Discrimination

Like Direct Swearing, racism is a form of harassment / bullying in which we do not condone. Anyone caught saying racist remarks towards another player will be dealt with accordingly.

(6.3) Ugly Builds

No one enjoys poopy looking builds. It gives the server a bad image if the first thing you see when you join is a log of poop house. If you are not a good builder that is fine! Not all of us can be amazing builders, that's a given. However, we would appreciate it if you could make your build further away from spawn so it's not as likely for new members to see!

(6.3.1) Floating Islands

This rule was originally created due to one of our older maps having floating homes everywhere near spawn! It make the server look like an absolute pigs den. Just like ugly builds, if you desire to build a floating town or floating home please do so far away from spawn!

(6.3.2) 1x1 Towers

Like the other two rules above, 1x1 towers can make the server look very ugly. There is honestly no reason to make them, I don't even know why this has to be a rule! There is no need for Vanilla tactics to find your home, you can freaking do /sethome and also set a bed home!

(6.4) AFK Pools/Machines.

We don't need afk machines everywhere. Players get kicked after 15 minutes of activity for a reason. The more players there are on the server, the more lag is created, so people get kicked after a while of AFK'ing to clear up lag. 

(6.5) English in Main chat

This is a primarily English speaking server, we are aware that other ethnicity's and various language speaking players are bound to find our server. You are permitted to speak other languages ONLY in private messages and in party chat. It is forbidden anywhere else. If you are caught speaking another language you will be told that you are only allowed to speak English in main chat. If you continue you will be kicked until we must finally ban you.
 

Edited by MrSnorman
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Hello DiamondShafters,

Today I wanted to address a specific rule on the server, which I believe is very much neglected and belittled: Landscape Griefing.

For those who aren't aware, landscape griefing is when a person "griefs" a public landscape that is often seen by many people on the server such as landscapes and areas near spawn. Actions that can be categorized as landscape griefing consist of:

  • Cutting a tree partly and having it end up floating in the air.
  • Building 1x1 pillars.
  • Floating islands and structures.
  • Simply making the landscape appear ugly by digging random trenches and holes.

So, even if you don't do these actions yourself, we would hugely appreciate it if you, as a member of the DiamondShaft community, would help us stop these violations from occurring by completely removing cut-down trees and replanting them, advising newer members, break down 1x1 pillars, and such. But do not take the matter completely into your own hands, because some might think you are griefing by removing the pillars, so be careful!

More detail on these subjects, I have taken quotes from the original set of rules which explain the subject more thoroughly:

Ugly Builds

No one enjoys poopy looking builds. It gives the server a bad image if the first thing you see when you join is a log of poop house. If you are not a good builder that is fine! Not all of us can be amazing builders, that's a given. However, we would appreciate it if you could make your build further away from spawn so it's not as likely for new members to see!

Floating Islands

This rule was originally created due to one of our older maps having floating homes everywhere near spawn! It make the server look like an absolute pigs den. Just like ugly builds, if you desire to build a floating town or floating home please do so far away from spawn!

1x1 Towers

Like the other two rules above, 1x1 towers can make the server look very ugly. There is honestly no reason to make them, I don't even know why this has to be a rule! There is no need for Vanilla tactics to find your home, you can freaking do /sethome and also set a bed home!

More notes (Camo Edit):

Long Railways

For a couple of maps, we've spotted giant, ugly rail-ways either going across the land or through the sky. No one likes the sight of this, so if you choose to build a giant railway, try to design it in a more complex way than just a long line and a few curves.

Floating Trees

As it says above, floating trees are an eyesore to see on the landscape (or, floating above.) If you cut down a tree, cut it down entirely. Use TreeFeller if it's too much of a problem.

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Since most people are still confused about the Mob Grinder rule, I'm going to elaborate each rule for them further. Naturally, if you skip reading these rules and get banned, that's on you.
 

  • Grinders Must All Be Legit.
    -Grinders must always be made in survival mode with items obtained by legitimate means. Grinders built in creative would just give out free XP/Items and that could technically be compared to spawning in items. We can detect if a grinder is built in gmc if we try to break a block in survival and it claims it was built in gmc. Any unlegit grinders found will be demolished and the player who built it will either be given a warning or will be banned.
     
  • No AFK'ing at a grinder.
    -It was agreed that in order to use grinders, players must be active while using them. If you want enemies to pile up without AFK'ing, build some extra stuff around the grinder, like chests or whatever and sort them out, etc. If a player is found AFK'ing at a grinder, they will receive a warning and if the problem consists, they will be banned.
     
  • No Crushers/Instant Deaths For Mobs.
    -Mobs must be killed by your own hand/weapon. So no using lava, crushers, etc. It is fine to bring a mob down to one heart using a long fall, but that's it. If insta-kill methods are found in a players grinder, they will be asked to remove it, if they don't the grinder will be edited/removed.
     
  • Spawner Types.
    -Spawner Blocks, Towers, etc are all fine methods to spawning mobs, of course as long as it is legit and does not cause any server lag if possible. If a player destroys your Spawner Cage/Block, that is at your own risk. They will be banned as in any case with griefing, but we are not able to bring back the Spawner Block.
     
  • "Special" Mobs.
    -Mobs like Endermen, Blazes, Wither Skeletons, etc are fine. Though, gold farms (using pigmen) have a 10 23x23 nether portal limit, smaller sizes can be clarified by a staff member to allow more portals, and they cannot be built above the nether, (the flatland of bedrock.) Keep in mind the Nether and End have resets nearly every month, Any farms found on the flatland will be immediately demolished and the player who built it will be banned.
     
  • No Alternate Accounts.
    -We've had players use their alt accounts to help spawn mobs faster and have them go AFK. This of course is not allowed, though it is fine to have a friend with you as long as no one is going AFK. If an alt account is found out, we will ask the person to bring the other account offline, if they don't go offline the alt will be banned, and if it continues the base account will be IP Banned.
     

If any staff want to edit this post, feel free.
 

Edited by CamoCowboy
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(This post is now invalid, as of 6/18/2017.) -Camo

 

We don't give out warps for player created towns or anything else like that. We only create warps for Staff-Created builds and/or builds that might be essential for the server, like the North South East West warps, drop party, staff area, or spawn. The only warp we've given to a player who created a build was for the server Arena(s). The reason for this being is because last time we gave everyone a warp, there would be 50+ warps so that's about 5+ pages worth of warps, and it was just a mess.

Another reason we don't give people warps anymore is because we have Towny. I understand not everyone likes Towny, I no longer use it myself since I can protect my town using WorldGuard/WorldEdit and add builders when wanted, but with Towny people can teleport to your town by typing /t spawn [TownName] and it only costs a few dollars in game.

You can start a Towny town by having $1,000 and typing /town new [TownName], this will then claim the chunk you are standing in. After this you want to type /town deposit [Amount] to deposit money in your town bank. You can then buy more land around the area for $$$ per chunk. Of course, the reason why most people don't like Towny is because of taxes, and if your town bank runs out of funds, your town will go into ruin and anything you've built after setting Towny will start disappearing. Of course, to avoid taxes, the mayor can turn those off, and you can build everything for the town and THEN claim Towny so if you run out of money then blocks will not be deleted. The mayor can then set plots for sale so residents can buy them.

Long story short, staff might just get annoyed if you ask them for warps, so try not to ask.

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