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==Overview==
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An [[administrator]] is usually an owner of the server, or are trusted friends of the owner who enforce server rules to make the most of the game. They are there to protect the good players, and get rid of rule breakers, depending on the server rules.
The term '''Administrator''' or '''Admin''' is commonly used in the BZFlag community. It may refer to a [[BZFS]] Server owner or its associated staff, or one of the Project [[:Category:Developer|Developers]] or administration staff.
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The [[administrator]] may be able to start/shutdown the server and edit the many options of it, depending on their [[Server Permissions|permissions]].  
  
===Server Admins===
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==Display==
The owner of a server will often empower a group of users to assist in maintaining the desired order and play-style of a server. These users are often called Admins or Administrators. The most common way of identifying these users to the general player-base is to give the users permissions to use the /kick and/or /ban [[Slash_Commands|Commands]]. By default any user that has rights to use these commands will have the '''@''' symbol preceding their call-sign in the scoreboard. There are instances where a server uses a plug-in or is modified to show the '''@''' symbol for different reasons.
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On the [[scoreboard]], most admins have an '''@''' sign next to their name. There is a way, through permissions, for an admin to appear as only a regular registered user with a '''+''' and these are called ''Hidden Admins''.
  
====Common Roles====
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==Permissions==
Server admins are commonly tasked with enforcing the specific rules of the server and making sure that the general player-base has an employable time. The most common act of an admin is to kick or ban players that are cheating or are using the chat system inappropriately (verbal abuse, profanity, etc..). These administrators are acting on the behalf of the server owner.
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Administrators can run many [[Slash Commands | commands]] on the server depending on the [[Server Permissions|permissions]] given to them by the server owner, they may include the following:
 
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====Common Permissions====
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Many server owners give admins additional [[Server Permissions|permissions]] such as;
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*/kick
 
*/kick
 
*/ban
 
*/ban
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*/set
 
*/set
 
*/flag (reset,give/take)
 
*/flag (reset,give/take)
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*The list continues...
  
====Administrator Recruitment====
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There are 3 common types of Administrators:
How a server is administered is up to the the server owner. Users that wish to become administrators should talk to the owner in private to see if they are looking for additional staff members. It is common for users who ask to be included in a staff position to be automatically denied, as it is highly likely that the user simply wishes to get the position in order to abuse the permissions that it grants. The most successful server owners choose staff members from the players that they know and trust for a significant time.
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*Cop (basic administrator)
 
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*Hidden-admin (administrator that appears as a regular player)
====Communication====
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*Admin (regular administrator)
Often the best way to contact a server admin to resolve an issue is to send them a private message on the [http://my.bzflag.org/bb/ BZFlag Project Forums]. Most servers use forum users-names as call-signs so the same name that is seen in game can be used on the forums. If an admin is unresponsive a user may be better served by contacting a server owner via the same system.
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==Forum Administrators==
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The [http://my.bzflag.org/bb/ BZFlag Project Forums] maintains a separate administration staff. These admins are tasked with enforcing the [http://my.bzflag.org/bb/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=890| Forum rules] and maintaining the user group system that is used with [[Global_Registration|Global Registration]].
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The best way to communicate with these admins is to send them a private message on the forums.
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These administrators have no inherent permissions on any game server, although many do serve as staff on some game servers.
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==Becoming an Admin==
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Perhaps the number one rule of becoming a server admin is to '''never ask to become one'''. Most owners frown upon this and will not consider you for future promotions. You do not need to bring anything to their attention, if they need an admin, they will ask someone if they would like to become one.
  
==Project Administrators==
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Server owners usually only let trusting people become server admins. People who help others, play a lot at the server(s), or can be trusted may be asked to be admin on a server. Just play nice, be friendly and see what happens!
The BZFlag open source project on [https://github.com/BZFlag-Dev | Github] has a set of administrators who are tasked with the management of development related issues including, patches, bug fixes, and releases.
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Like forum admins these users do not have any inherent permissions on game servers.
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==Being a Good Admin==
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A good admin exhibits several traits.  A good admin enforces and follows the rules set by the server owner, and does not interfere with honest game play. They also are always vigilant for [[Known Cheats|cheaters]].  The admin supports the server and promotes good and courteous gameplay. When you find a disruptive player, don't kick or ban right away. If they are using abusive language, then mute them, don't kick them. If they log out, and then back in to avoid the mute, then kick them. Be sure to only kick, mute, or ban someone if they are breaking the specific server rules.
  
Project administrators are often on [[BZFlag_on_IRC|The BZFlag IRC channel]].
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