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Information about the ETF system
« on: December 31, 2013, 12:42:32 AM »
ETF stands for 'Evidence to follow', which describes the essence of the system. It allows ETF-Moderators to ban certain players and post the evidence afterwards.

What are ETF-bans

ETF-Moderators have the ability to ban cheaters, ban evaders and bug abusers in minigames (these bans are in fact executed by a bot named xM or an admin). After a ban, the ETF-Moderator is required to make a forum report with evidence to support the ban in this section of the forum. This report does not have to be made immediately after the ban, although it is recommended not to wait longer than a week with it. If the evidence for various bans of an ETF-Moderator is missing, he will temporarily lose his ability to ban (until valid evidence is posted), or permanently lose it if the evidence is lost or invalid. To save time and energy, ETF-Moderators can wait until they have done several bans and then post the reports all at once.

ETF-Moderators are not supposed to punish players for breaking any other rules. The reason is that a ban for breaking other rules requires prior warnings and kicks, and depends on the context in which it happened, such as possible provocation, time difference between warnings, etc. All of these factors make it harder to make valid evidence of what actually happened, whereas making evidence of cheaters, bug abusers and ban evaders is relatively easy, and the punishment for it is clear and simple, without any discussion always a ban.

Forum reports

The name of the banned player and the reason of the ban should be in the title of the report with this format: 'Name – reason', for example: 'hackerboy – weaponhacks'.
It's important the name is spelled correctly, so reports can easily be looked up. When the name isn't spelled correctly, admins may not find the report and think it hasn't been made yet, which would lead to a lot of wasted time for both the admin and the ETF-Moderator.
The 'date of incident', 'name of rulebreaker' and 'short explanation of events' (as in normal forum reports) are then not needed in the topic itself (but still allowed), only the evidence (screenshots or video) are required in the topic.

How to ban

As soon as an ETF-Moderator made evidence of a player's cheats or bug abuse in a minigame, the ETF-Moderator may ban this player. Before any valid evidence could be made, the ETF-Moderator can still just report the suspected player so admins can look into it.

Ban evaders

A special case are ban evaders. If an ETF-Moderator knows for sure that a certain player is ban evading, he may be banned by the ETF-Moderator. The forum report should simply contain the name of the ban evader and the reason, which would be 'ban evading'. If possible, the report can also refer to an unaccepted ban appeal or a previously approved report.

List of ETF-bans

When an ETF-ban has been made, this ban will be added to the list in the topic 'List of banned players' in this board. These ban lines show the date of the ban, the name of the banned player, the name of the admin or bot who actually did the ban, the name of the ETF-Moderator and the reason of the ban.
These ban lines can have certain colors which indicate the status of the ban, for example when the corresponding report has been posted and approved by an admin level 3 or higher. More information about the colorcodes can be found in this topic. ETF-Moderators can use this list to check if there are any bans by them of which the evidence still needs to be posted.

How to get the ETF-Moderator status

Players can make progress towards a promotion by gaining points. A total score of 8 points is required to get the status. Each valid report (of a cheater or bug abuser) counts for 1 point. On the other hand, each invalid report (a report with insufficient evidence) counts for about -10 points! With a few invalid reports a deeply negative score can quickly be reached, and many new valid reports will be needed to make up for those mistakes. If a player makes 0 invalid reports for example, he'll only need 8 valid reports to get promoted. But if he makes 4 invalid reports, he'll need 40 valid reports to get promoted.

Either way, it takes 10 times more valid reports than invalid reports, unless there are 0 invalid reports, because then still 8 valid reports are needed.

Tips that can help to avoid making invalid evidence can be found in this topic.

Additional information

Occasionally it's possible that ETF-Moderators won't be able to ban cause our IRC xM bot isn't functioning correctly. In that case, the ETF-Moderator can still make a normal forum report.

If later on the proof for an ETF-ban appears to be missing or invalid, the banned player will be unbanned. If this happens a lot with bans of one specific ETF-Moderator, this will lead to a demotion. If this privilege appears to be abused to get innocant players banned, the ETF-Moderator involved can also get banned.

ETF-Moderators gained this status thanks to their valid reports of cheaters and bug abusers in the forums, which gives us reason to believe they can tell a cheater from a non-cheater and prove it as well.

ETF-Moderators will also gain access to a private board for any relevant discussion or questions.

Questions may be asked in this topic.
« Last Edit: November 26, 2016, 05:34:03 PM by [FRAG]B »



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Re: Information about this board
« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2014, 04:57:11 AM »
This system is now one year old and we've got good results so far. We have 316 ETF-bans, which is almost 1 every day by average and nearly 10 percent of all the bans this year!

Thanks to all ETF-Moderators for contributing!
« Last Edit: March 20, 2015, 12:03:29 PM by [FRAG]B »



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Re: Information about this board
« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2015, 05:06:56 PM »
From now on Trusted Players will be called ETF-Moderators, this namechange should prevent people from thinking 'trusted player' is just how we call regular players that we trust, because it's an actual status.