SpaceDelta Official Rules

Official Rules for SpaceDelta.

Date: April 30th, 2020

Author: Lotus

RULES AND REGULATIONS:

// PREFACE

All players are expected to familiarize themselves with the rules before playing. By entering our server, you automatically accept the rules and terms of service listed below, and to accept responsibility for harm done by your account and others on your IP.  "I didn't know" and "my sister did it" will not be a valid appeal.

"All reports that fall in the 'personal offense' section is punishable at the discretion of the Administration. This is to provide a moderation to the rules, to prevent abuse."

Faction rules can be viewed below this section.

// TIER 1

All first-time Tier 1 offences should be prefaced with a verbal warning, followed by a mute and progressively severe punishments.

SPAMMING

The repetition messages or letters being sent in the chat — the same message being sent three times in a row should be considered spam. This includes using commands that spam people’s chats, such as lottery, faction-creation etc.

SWEARING

While swearing is allowed, using it abundantly and in a directed manner is not. An example of direct swearing is “F* you, you destroyed my base you f!” while an example of indirect swearing is “oh f***, I just fell and died”. Note that racial, gender and homophobic slurs are not swears and fall under Tier 2.

HARASSMENT

The act of continually pestering, hounding or asking for favors from a player or staff member, after being asked to stop.

PLAYER DISRESPECT

This is defined as the intentional usage of words to harm, insult or cause discomfort to another player. Play-insulting a friend is allowed within private chat, but not excessive “joke” unpleasantries in public. This rule does NOT include the use of discriminatory language, which is far more severe.

OTHER LANGUAGES

We absolutely encourage players from all sorts of diverse cultures - several high ranking staff aren’t native english-speakers ourselves. However, as English is the only requirement for our moderation team, we ask that you keep from using other languages -- i.e. speaking it, using it in your f tag, etc, as the only language that our staff members can reliably moderate is english.

// TIER 2

DISCRIMINATION

This is defined as the usage of sexist, racist, homophobic or otherwise harmful slurs to insult someone or their community. These words are already censored, but are here for reference in case of a "dodging/bypassing the censor" situation.

Special cases:

  • "gay" - The word “gay” to describe a negative feeling or situation is not allowed, as this is innately homophobic. Using it to describe one’s sexuality without being insulting is allowed.
  • “retarded” - The word “retarded” is not allowed at all, due to its highly offensive connotations.

INAPPROPRIATE DISPLAYS

This applies to usernames, display nicknames, skins, capes, banners, and the like. Inappropriate can range from discriminatory to disrespectful, including symbols and slurs. If the player refuses to change their display and staff cannot do it for them, the player will be banned indefinitely until they comply with the rules.

IMPERSONATION

Pretending to take another player’s or staff’s identity. Similar IGNs will not be punished for, unless intentionally used to mislead. Forum names made to look identical, however, do fall under this rule.

MUTE EVASION

Using methods to communicate with others in-game while muted, such as with item names, faction tags, signs, etc. Anyone else helping a muted player convey their messages will receive the same punishments that they did. The user’s mute should be doubled in this case, on first offence.

ADVERTISEMENT

The material advertising of quality, goods and/or services that are not directly related to, or are competitors of, SpaceDelta. Advertisements like this, solicited or not, have the potential of drawing players away from the network. NOTE: If a player is clearly only here to advertise — i.e. joining the server and immediately spamming their own server IP, it should be considered a Tier 3.

// TIER 3

WASTING STAFF TIME

Pretending or joking about commiting a Tier 3 offence will result in the same punishment. Examples include pretending to hack, joking about killing someone, etc. This includes harassment of staff members in-game or over other platforms, in general or about a punishment.

BUG EXPLOITATION

Abusing a bug or glitch — before or after telling a staff member — is considered cheating and bannable. If you’re not sure if something is a bug or an intended feature, always ask.

CHEATING / HACKING

This is defined as using a third-party client to give yourself an unfair advantage, or annoy other members. Allowed clients are linked here — if it’s not here, do not use it or ask a staff member if you can.

PHISHING

This is the practice of sending messages, emails and the like while pretending to be someone reputable, in order to persuade someone to leak important information. In our case, pretending to be a staff member in order to gain unfair advantages in the game.

DOXING / THREATS OF DOXING

The search for and publication of private information about an individual on the internet, especially with malicious intent.

DDOSING / THREATS OF DDOSING

Defined as a malicious attempt to make a server or network resource unavailable to users, usually by interrupting or suspending the services of an Internet host. This can also be done to individuals — and is commonly known as “hitting someone off”.

SELLING / PURCHASING ILLEGAL ITEMS

Using any part of our network as a platform for the trading, selling or purchasing of items that were acquired illegally, or are illegal themselves, is strictly prohibited.

SUICIDAL ENCOURAGEMENT

Telling someone else to kill or harm themselves is extremely damaging — not to mention, illegal. We have an absolute zero tolerance for players who do so, regardless of if kidding around with friends, as this is extremely insensitive and tasteless humor.

THREATS OF HARM OR DEATH

Similarly to Suicidal Encouragement, threatening to or hinting at hurting or killing a player / a player’s family is illegal. Light joking about this among friends can be tolerated — e.g. “I’m going to punch you in the face the next time I come to your house” etc.

BOTTING

Logging in with multiple accounts/bots to perform the same action will result in a permanent ban, due to the sheer amount of damage that multi-account botting can cause to a server.

PROVIDING FALSE INFORMATION

Attempting to lie or provide false information on appeals and reports will result in a double of the punishment duration in question. E.g. Lying on an appeal for a 30-day ban, and subsequently getting your appeal proved false, will result in the ban becoming 60 days starting then, regardless of how many days into the ban it is.

FACTION RULES:

// CLAIM RULES

CORE BASE SIZE

The core base of one's faction must not be larger than 15x15 chunks. This is defined as the base of operations (spawners, grinders, etc.) - empty box space will not be counted. You cannot have multiple boxes in the same base.

BUFFER LIMIT

No more than 20 chunks should be claimed from the outer-most claim of your core base (Even if you have 0.5 or 0.1 of a chunk as walls, you can't have 20.5 chunks as your buffer. The 0.5 or 0.1 counts as the outer most). This applies to multiple factions or alt factions built together, and attempting to loophole this rule will result in an instant penalty.

INTERRUPTION / "BITCH" CLAIMS

Bitch claims -- that is, claims that are in the middle of another faction's claimed land/or claims intended to interrupt a factions claiming area -- are not allowed and will be removed when reported.

SOTW/SOTM CORNERS

The Faction who claims the corner-most chunk within the first 48h of a SOTW / season has access to all core and buffer claims of that corner. Any claims around a "claimed" corner will be removed. After the second day, the corner will be subject to interruption claims.

BASES AND CORNERS

A faction cannot have more than one corner; If a faction has more than one corner, they will have to choose which gets unclaimed.
A faction and its alt faction(s) cannot have more than one claimed base. You are allowed to have unlimited, unclaimed vaults.
You are not allowed to have an anti-pearl base design. Doing so will cause immediate disqualification of your faction.

ALT FACTIONS

While Alt Factions are technically allowed, they count towards your factions limitations. This means you can not use alt factions to bypass any rule claiming or otherwise. Any Faction(Especially Alt Factions) found to be claiming excessive land pointlessly will lead to having both/all factions involved disbanded and disqualified for the next payout or more, at the discretion of the administrative team. Alt Factions are not allowed to 'Raid', Claim Cannons, Hold/Place Value or Wealth.

// RAIDING

MINING SPAWNERS / OPENING CHESTS

Mining spawners and opening chests are not enabled in other factions' land. Players are able to use CEggs to accomplish the same task, at a monetary investment.

WATERING SPAWNERS

Due to the above rule, watering or placing blocks around your spawners or chests at any time is not allowed. Spawners will automatically soak up water, and any factions caught putting blocks within three blocks of their spawners will be penalized. This same rule applies to chests.
There should essentially be no less than 2 air blocks between a spawner and a block. The only exceptions to this is in the casing/box of grinders where a 1 block gap is allowed on the outer spawners or other spawners/chest on each other; this is at the discretion of the administration team if you are caught abusing this leeway.

RAID ALERT

Raid alerts via third-party clients and redstone checkboxes are NOT allowed.
TNT detectors are not allowed.
AFKing within 5 chunks of the outermost wall (not including base if outermost wall is close enough) is illegal.

RAID TIMERS

You have unlimited time to raid someone.
A 25 minute cooldown ensues after a raid timer expires or a succesful raid has taken place.

DEFENSES

Raid defenses that involve redstone, such as automatic pistons, are NOT allowed.
Gen-patching while being raided is NOT allowed; you must wait at least 5 minutes after the last cannon shot, that is aimed at your land, before gen-patching raided or broken blocks.
You can only have one counter-cannon per raiding cannon. *You can only have one cannon firing(not back to back switching cannons).
You cannot mine or break spawners while being raided. Doing so will cause your spawners to be confiscated and all player data erased.

RAIDING FACTIONS TOGETHER

You are NOT allowed to team up with another faction to raid the same faction. You are also NOT allowed to raid a faction while they are currently being raided/in cooldown between raid timers. Factions found abusing raid timers to discourage raids will be punished severely.

LEFT & RIGHT SHOOTING CANNONS

Left & Right Shooting cannons are NOT ALLOWED. Your faction will be disqualified if one is built and/or used.

MULTIPLE CANNONS

Only one cannon may be built and used in a raid.

RAID / ANTI-RAID CLAIMS

Any connected claims that have a cannon shooting at an enemy base or cannon is classified as a raid claim
You are only allowed to have two raid claims (8x8 max, one on each side) at each base that you're raiding. This claim must be unclaimed before a new one is claimed at the same base.
Anti-raid claims are not allowed from the behind. You are expected to counter from your base or buffer claims or from the side. This mean you CANNOT COUNTER FROM BEHIND.
F Shield - Raiding during F Shield is not allowed. However you are allowed to 'counter cannon' from your base claims during F Shield duration.

CANNON BOX WALL LIMIT

You can have a maximum of 20 walls on a cannon that's trying to raid someone. This rule does not include counters.

// CANNONING

ALLOWED MECHANICS

Reversing
Cannoning or cegging to remove spawners (even if mineable)
Pre-stacked sand

DISALLOWED MECHANICS

Cannons and lag machines intentionally used to cause performance issues  - "intentionally" defined at discretion of Administrators+
Cannons that shoot TNT or sand past the world border or sky limit (255)
Auto-cannons are not allowed
More than 3 sand comps (2 is okay)
Exploiting server mechanics and server-side issues / glitches. If you're unsure if something is intended, ASK a staff member.
You cannot connect cannon boxes in a 4 chunk radius.
Left and right shooting
Auto-Adjust shooting cannons are not allowed
Roof Cannoning is not allowed.
Reverse Nuking (Shooting around ground floor and removing the whole wall from bottom to sky limit) is not allowed.
You cannot go through more than one wall at a time per button press with a cannon.
Wall removers are illegal.
Horizontal Shooting Cannons are illegal.

REGEN WALLS

Regen walls are not enabled and cannot be made on the server.

// GAMEPLAY

SCAMMING

Scamming and lying are allowed except for the following exceptions:
1. Staff members are NOT allowed to scam or lie to players
2. IRL / Paypal money must not be directly involved in the scam.

INSIDING

Insiding is not allowed as it is scummy and a terrible thing to do.

UNRAIDABLE DEFENSES

Using any method/exploit that would make a base unraidable such as using blocks such as Enchanting Tables, Fences, etc... in place of slabs on base walls is strictly prohibited.

SCHEMATICA / PRINTER

Schematica and Printer are allowed on the server.
Schematica and Printer are not allowed for patching walls.

F11 "GLITCHING"

The act of using F11 to continue an action while not actively inputting at one’s keyboard is not allowed.

ROSTER REWARDS

If you receive roster rewards (e.g. for promising to bring on a roster of 50 players, etc) but do not bring on the promised number of players by the end of grace (that season), your rewards will be removed and ALL playerdata within the faction will be reset. Further punishment may be applicable depending on the circumstances.

TEAMING

You are not allowed to ally or truce with any team while PVPing or Raiding.

// F TOP

PLACING F-TOP VALUE

ALL of your spawners MUST be placed BEFORE each Wednesday, 5PM (EST) for them to count towards F Top. While this is not enforced via Factions, staff members will be looking at place logs if your F Top values jump too steeply before Saturday -- failure to comply can lead to disqualification from FTop Payouts.

SPLITTING F-TOP VALUE

No faction is allowed to split value to claim more than ONE FTop position. Factions involved doing this will be disqualified and split value rolled back and/or deleted.

DISQUALIFICATIONS

Breaking a tier three rule, or any of the above rules, can result in the immediate disqualification of your faction from the F Top rewards of that month if you are a coleader or leader. Other measures may be taken, as listed under the General Penalty section below. Disqualifications for such rule breaking will happen at the discretion of management.

INACTIVITY

If a leader of a faction is inactive for more than 10 days without notice, their rank can be removed and given to the next highest member in the faction.

CONSECUTIVE WINS

Factions are allowed to win F Top monthly rewards consecutively.

ALLIES / TRUCE

In the true nature of competition no allies, truces or neutral relations between factions are NOT allowed. This is not limited to built in f ally/truce, but verbal agreements as well. No faction is allowed to give value to another faction, especially if significant enough to effect the outcome of FTop.

Any faction found doing so in any form will result in all involved factions disqualified from FTop, as well as their value rolled back and deleted. If you are not sure if your contribution is "significant", please check in with a member of staff.

// PENALTIES

Breaking any of the above rules will result in your faction receiving a strike. You will have 24 hours to remove the offending issues, if applicable. Receiving another strike, or refusing to fix outstanding issues, can result in:

The forcible removal of relevant items / balances
Clearing of player data
Deleting of structures or entire bases
Disqualification of the Faction
Banning of certain / all members

- depending on the severity of the offence. Administrators+ are the only staff members that can carry out these punishments, and must consult with the rest of the team before issuing any. This means all rules/punishments are at the discretion of the Administration team based on circumstance.

Thank you for reading!

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