Global Ban Rules
Posted by Kody S. on 11 April 2012 08:25 PM

MCBans Global Ban Rules

Table of Contents

1. Global Ban Reasons
2. Online Mode
3. Proof Policy
4. Hamachi Server Policy
5. Improper Bans Policy
6. NoCheat Information
7. Additional Important Information
8. Last Updated

Valid Global Ban Reasons
Valid reasons for global bans are, but not limited to:

- Griefing (Theft is included here. Please be sure to have screenshot proof)

- Causing server downtime by DDoS 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 blue note at bottom)

- X-Ray related modifications (This includes x-ray texture packs)

- Racism or Homophobia

- Posting direct links to pornographic material or "shock" websites

- Nazi symbols or skins

- Honeypots (Server must comply with Honeypot guidelines)  

Concerning client side modifications: Simply using a modified/hacked client is not global bannable. Please be sure to get proof of the player using the malicious hacks in your server. Please specify in your reason which type of hacking it is. Example: Flymod


Invalid Global Ban Reasons
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, and this can have drastic undesired effects such as: You could end up banning someone with a fake name and this will cause the real player to lose reputation. As well, this can result in the player being banned unfairly as the real player never connected to your server.
The MCBans administration will allow offline mode, but only if all bans made by the server are local only. Servers found to be running in offline mode and making global bans will be immediately removed from the system without notice by MCBans staff or prior warning to the server's administration team. This means that your server will be locked out from using the MCBans service indefinitely.


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.


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 or 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. Ban retaliation such as "They banned us from their server!" is not a valid excuse. Too many of these offenses towards our service will result in undesired consequences.


NoCheat Information

NoCheat or the equivalent plugin is the perfect solution to try and keep cheaters off 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.

Acceptable VL Level for Global Ban: 300+


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 will be 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.

Any user claiming to be a MCBans staff member will need to be reported to a member of staff via or our IRC channel.



Last Updated

This document was last updated on 2013-04-15 at 3:52 am UTC by KrisKleer and is hereby effective on this date and time. MCBans and its staff members are not responsible for servers or players not being aware of changes to this document. Server owners and players are expected to regularly check this document for changes and manage their banning policies accordingly.

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