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An [[administrator]] of a server may be able to start/shutdown the server and edit the many options of it, depending on their [[Server Permissions|permissions]]. Usually administrators of a server are the ones who own/run the server or are trusted friends of the owner. Administrators are there to help players and kick or ban trouble makers, as defined by each server's rules.  
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==Overview==
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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.
  
==Display==
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===Server Admins===
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''.
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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.
  
==Permissions==
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====Common Roles====
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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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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====Common Permissions====
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Many server owners give admins additional [[Server Permissions|permissions]] such as;
 
*/kick
 
*/kick
 
*/ban
 
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*/set
 
*/set
 
*/flag (reset,give/take)
 
*/flag (reset,give/take)
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There are 3 common types of Administrators:
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====Administrator Recruitment====
*Cop (basic administrator)
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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.
*Hidden-admin (administrator that appears as a regular player)
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*Admin (regular administrator)
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====Communication====
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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.
  
==Becoming Admin==
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These administrators have no inherent permissions on any game server, although many do serve as staff on some game servers.
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.
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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!
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==Project Administrators==
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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.
  
==Being a Good Admin==
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Like forum admins these users do not have any inherent permissions on game servers.
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.  
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Project administrators are often on [[BZFlag_on_IRC|The BZFlag IRC channel]].

Latest revision as of 17:14, 4 July 2016

Overview[edit]

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 Developers or administration staff.

Server Admins[edit]

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 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.

Common Roles[edit]

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.

Common Permissions[edit]

Many server owners give admins additional permissions such as;

  • /kick
  • /ban
  • /banlist
  • /mute
  • /say
  • /set
  • /flag (reset,give/take)

Administrator Recruitment[edit]

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.

Communication[edit]

Often the best way to contact a server admin to resolve an issue is to send them a private message on the 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.

Forum Administrators[edit]

The BZFlag Project Forums maintains a separate administration staff. These admins are tasked with enforcing the Forum rules and maintaining the user group system that is used with Global Registration.

The best way to communicate with these admins is to send them a private message on the forums.

These administrators have no inherent permissions on any game server, although many do serve as staff on some game servers.

Project Administrators[edit]

The BZFlag open source project on | Github has a set of administrators who are tasked with the management of development related issues including, patches, bug fixes, and releases.

Like forum admins these users do not have any inherent permissions on game servers.

Project administrators are often on The BZFlag IRC channel.