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Server [[Administrator|administrators]] can ban players from their server. There are several methods of banning, including banning ranges of addresses. Ban durations can vary from minutes to "forever".
[[Administrator|Administrators]] can ban players from their servers if they see fit. It's an extreme measure but it's their server so why put up with disruptive, abusive or cheating players?  Bans can be applied to individually named players and/or their IP address and/or whole ranges of IP addresses. Bans can have whatever duration the administrator deems appropriate, ranging from minutes, through days, to permanent.
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Don't worry though, play nice and you won't be banned!
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==Banning==
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Banning is what the administrator does to permanentely restrict access to the server from certain people.
  
==Caught in a foreign ban==
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{{main|How To Ban}}
If you try to join a certain server but it refuses you and you know you have not been banned from that server, then you're probably caught in a ban that was thought to get rid of someone else.
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This is mostly caused by ranged IP- or host-bans (like 12.34.*.* or *.provider.net); although this is a bad idea to ban it happens often enough to get people caught in such a ban regularly.
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===Way out: Contact administrator===
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==Caught in a ban==
The most efficient way to get out is to contact an admin or cop with unban permission on the particular server, best would be to contagt the person running the server. Do this via a [http://my.bzflag.org/bb/ucp.php?i=pm&folder=inbox PM on the BZBB] or try to find this person in game.
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If a player is caught in a ban, the server will refuse to allow the player to join. A message should appear at the very bottom of the chat box that says why the ban is in place, and who created the ban. This ban may not necessarily be targeting the player that is joining. Many times an admin or cop will have to enter a range ban in order to keep a trouble player off the server. This can have the side-effect of banning innocent players as well.
  
A lot of servers also use a so called "whitelist" which prevents registered players from being banned (+ANTIBAN), you could also ask to get on the whitelist for this particular server in case it's got one.
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Sometimes the player will not see a message. This is usually the case when caught in a host ban (a ban on the hostname instead of the IP). The world will show up, but the player will be unable to spawn and the connection will drop shortly after. For this, the player will have to contact the server owner or an administrator to find out where the issue lies.
  
===Way out: Changing your IP===
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===Contacting an administrator===
This isn't the master solution but something you should at least give a try. Most people are given another IP every day when they connect to the internet, so you could have bad luck and get a banned IP for a server. The solution would be to simply disconnect your router/modem from the phone/DSL line and plug it back in after waiting a second or two. You will then be given a new IP and you've got a chance to be out of the ban.
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A ban may be lifted or worked around by contacting an administrator. Generally it is best to contact the administrator or cop that issued the ban. This can be found at the end of the ban message when joining.
  
===Doing it wrong===
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One way to do this is to [http://my.bzflag.org/bb/ucp.php?i=pm&folder=inbox send a private message] to the user on the BZFlag forum. The admin or cop might also be online somewhere else.
You will probably not be heard and ignored if you start topics somewhere in the BZBB asking how a ban coulb be 'undone' or messing with random people on the IRC or other servers. Additionaly forum topics regarding unban-requests get deleted very frequently.
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==Caught in a purposed ban==
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Do NOT post a forum thread asking to be unbanned. This is a private matter and it should be handled in private.
You misbehaved and got banned. If you're a known troll your chances to be unbanned are almost zero.
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If you just had an accidently freakout you could try contacting the server owner, excuse for your behaviour and ask to be unbanned nicely, they'll probably accept it.
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===Whitelisting===
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Many servers use a "whitelist" group for players mistakenly caught in bans. This group would be assigned a permission that allows them to join through any existing bans. This allows the server to keep the trouble players out while also allowing others caught in the ban to still play. This would require that the innocent players play under a registered account and that the account is added to the correct whitelist group.
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===Evading bans===
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If a player causes a change on their network in order to evade a ban, they can expect their existing ban to be updated to include a range of addresses and a much longer ban duration. It is better to accept the ban and/or contact the administrator to find out how long the current ban will last.
  
 
==See also==
 
==See also==
 
[[Master Ban]]
 
[[Master Ban]]
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Latest revision as of 01:53, 28 November 2016

Server administrators can ban players from their server. There are several methods of banning, including banning ranges of addresses. Ban durations can vary from minutes to "forever".

Banning[edit]

Banning is what the administrator does to permanentely restrict access to the server from certain people.

Main article: How To Ban

Caught in a ban[edit]

If a player is caught in a ban, the server will refuse to allow the player to join. A message should appear at the very bottom of the chat box that says why the ban is in place, and who created the ban. This ban may not necessarily be targeting the player that is joining. Many times an admin or cop will have to enter a range ban in order to keep a trouble player off the server. This can have the side-effect of banning innocent players as well.

Sometimes the player will not see a message. This is usually the case when caught in a host ban (a ban on the hostname instead of the IP). The world will show up, but the player will be unable to spawn and the connection will drop shortly after. For this, the player will have to contact the server owner or an administrator to find out where the issue lies.

Contacting an administrator[edit]

A ban may be lifted or worked around by contacting an administrator. Generally it is best to contact the administrator or cop that issued the ban. This can be found at the end of the ban message when joining.

One way to do this is to send a private message to the user on the BZFlag forum. The admin or cop might also be online somewhere else.

Do NOT post a forum thread asking to be unbanned. This is a private matter and it should be handled in private.

Whitelisting[edit]

Many servers use a "whitelist" group for players mistakenly caught in bans. This group would be assigned a permission that allows them to join through any existing bans. This allows the server to keep the trouble players out while also allowing others caught in the ban to still play. This would require that the innocent players play under a registered account and that the account is added to the correct whitelist group.

Evading bans[edit]

If a player causes a change on their network in order to evade a ban, they can expect their existing ban to be updated to include a range of addresses and a much longer ban duration. It is better to accept the ban and/or contact the administrator to find out how long the current ban will last.

See also[edit]

Master Ban