An administrator of a server may be able to start/shutdown the server and edit the many options of it, depending on their 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. Although there is no strict definition of the term administrator, the de facto way to distinguish admins and others is the precense of the @ sign and the high level of server permissions.
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.
- /flag (reset,give/take)
- /mapchange (on some mapchange servers)
- The list continues...
There are 3 common types of Administrators:
- Cop (basic administrator)
- Hidden-admin (administrator that appears as a regular player)
- Admin (regular administrator)
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, and if you are worthy of being an admin, you will be made one.
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. Knowing the server owner will help. Just play nice, be friendly and see what happens!
Being a Good Admin
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 cheaters. The admin supports the server and promotes good and courteous gameplay.