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  1. We have already told Yuliy to keep the matter to ban appeals / ACs. They have failed to do this. Thread locked. They are now banned from the forums as well. Goodbye.
  2. In before other vulps start using a recording of an awoo, and ear plugs in their own ears, to distract security/command so they can sneak past and do stuff. In fact, I think I've already seen a video of this happening...
  3. Hello everyone. As you probably know, I was recently elected by our staff team to be a Head of Staff for Paradise. You may not know exactly what a Head of Staff (henceforth: "Headmin") does, or what my plans are in particular. This thread is going to explain those things. First, what does a headmin do? Headmins have a few responsibilities beyond those of a normal Game Admin: Co-ordination and management of all branches of the staff team Handling Admin Complaints Enforcing staff policy and admin guidelines Moderating interpersonal conflicts, as needed Managing certain back-end things, such as our Patreon Voting on the acceptance/rejection of PRs submitted to our Github (IE: changes to the game's code, features, sprites, etc) Representing Paradise to other SS13 servers Handling anything that doesn't get handled by other people, eventually, for whatever reason Like any Paradise headmin, I will be doing these things, as they are inherent to the position. That said, most staff (including me) who run for election as headmin also have a specific platform that they run for election on. My platform was: Transparency Accountability Better Communication I know those sound a bit vague. So, let me give you some concrete examples of what I intend to do. First, let's take PR voting. Yes, headmins vote on PR acceptance. But I plan to do more than simply vote. I consider every PR author that contributes to our codebase to be valuable - part of the team that makes our server awesome. I want to encourage PR authors and grow the number of people who contribute to our codebase. As such, I will be following a set of best practices, designed to ensure PR authors feel valued, and treated fairly. My hope is this will encourage quality contributions over time. I will not be voting against any PR, any author's work, without first explaining exactly why, clearly and directly, on the PR itself. If my issue with the PR is fixable, I will explain how it can be fixed, and give the PR author some time to fix it, or at least respond, before I consider voting against the PR. In essence I want to be sure PR authors know they are getting a fair shake, that they never feel like they're being left in the dark, and they never feel like they need to guess what they need to do in order to get their PRs merged. If I consider a PR idea totally unviable, to the point it cannot be fixed, I will aim to say so as early as possible, so that the author doesn't invest more time into it under the false impression it has good chances of being merged. More generally, when I comment on PRs, I will aim to be very clear about who I'm speaking for, and what I mean. I will also make myself available to any PR author who has questions. While I recognize that this will give PR authors direct feedback they're not used to getting, ultimately I think (and as a PR author myself, I believe I have good reason to think) they will quickly appreciate it and be encouraged by it. I have also be encouraging other headmins and maintainers to follow these best practices. More generally, I want a more constructive, informative atmosphere on our github and I am working with everyone involved, especially the maints and other headmins, to achieve this. As part of this effort, I have already appointed someone to be responsible for helping to moderate Github, and discourage toxic comments there. Second, let's take accountability. I have already promised to put myself up for re-election in 6 months by the staff team, so, if they don't think I'm doing a good job after that time, they can boot me out and get someone else in. Accountability is for everyone, though, not just me. This includes admins, players, and even visitors who don't play here. If someone has an issue with an admin's conduct, they need to explain the issue in our Admin Complaints forum. It is against the rules to discuss bans and other punishments in our discord server, and for the sake of eliminating toxicity, holding admins accountable under our guidelines, and holding players accountable under our Discord rules, I will be enforcing this rule, and pushing admins more generally to do the same. Consider this your forewarning that under my plan, complaining about being banned in our Discord will not be tolerated like it has before. This also applies to in-game LOOC, deadchat, OOC and similar. This is not a new rule - such talk has been against the rules for a long time. What is new is that I will be enforcing the already-written rule, and encouraging all other admins to do so as well. Third, let's talk about better communication. One of the long-standing issues we have as a server, with our elected leadership, multiple branches of staff, etc, has historically been a lack of unified vision for the future of the server. Obviously, this is an enormous topic to tackle, and progress on it is going to require lots of work, and not just by me. It is the sort of thing that will require lots of discussion over a period of time. Still, I am already taking steps to move us in this direction. The first change you may notice is the creation of a #changes-wanted channel on Github. This channel is the new central repository for lists, posted by headmins and maints, of all features/PRs/etc they want implemented for the server. There are many benefits to this, such as helping PR authors choose a PR topic that's more likely to get merged, triggering healthy debate on server direction, etc. Ultimately though, this is just a first step towards what I really want for the server: a more general development roadmap. I know we're a volunteer project, a 2D spaceman game, and we're never going to be as organized/detailed in our future development goals as a professional game company is. Still, I don't think its unrealistic for us to take basic steps, like agreeing a list of long-term goals, trying to make progress towards them, and tracking that progress. This discord channel is the first step in that direction. I hope I've given you a sense of what I'm about as a head of staff. Obviously, the changes I want to make will require that I work closely with the rest of the staff team. My hope, though, is that I can push the server in the right direction. That I can get people pushing together in the same direction more effectively. And, if not, well, the staff can always vote me out again in 6 months. Here's to the future! -Kyet
  4. Mar 20th, 2019: Saxis has been promoted from Mentor to Trial Admin.
  5. Mar 19th, 2019: Regens has retired from his Game Admin position, to focus on their other role as Server Dev. Fethas and Falseincarnate have retired from their Game Admin positions, to focus on their other role as Coders. Sasanek12 and pazneria12 have retired from the staff team.
  6. This thread has been replaced by the #changes-wanted channel in public Discord. Please see there for updated lists of what PRs/changes maints/headmins want or don't want.
  7. Mar 17th, 2019: Spartan has retired from the staff team.
  8. Feb 26th, 2019: R1f73r is no longer on staff. Mar 13th, 2019: FreeStylaLT has retired from the staff team. Kyet has been elected head admin.
  9. Keep the Space Law window open all the time on a second monitor. Advise first. Fax as a last resort. Never threaten to get someone fired/demoted. If faxing, clearly state (A) what the problem is, (B) what you've already tried to do to resolve it (like talking to the relevant head of department), and (C) what exactly you're asking for. Faxes should never be more than a page. That's the maximum. Most faxes can be a paragraph or less. Be concise. Remember, the recipient has to take time out of their round to read it. Don't be a loot pinata. Don't run around in maint. You're not on defendants' side, you're not on sec's side, you're on NT's side. Your goal is to look after NT's interests, and encourage people to follow proper procedure.
  10. I have 300+ unspent karma. At a certain point, you have more than you'll ever need, and its only polite to encourage donors to give it to someone else, instead.
  12. This used to be an actual item, called the 'chem sprayer'. Technically its still in the code, but it was made admin-only, due to its strength.
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  14. That appears to be true, but the damage minimum ("damage_deflection") only seems to be checked for melee attacks. Ranged attacks, including lasers, bypass it.
  15. I used a stream of laser shots to destroy the airlocks as I approached them. I also focused on airlocks that were already damaged, to minimize the amount of damage I needed to do to destroy them and get past. You can get through airlocks using damage, but you do have to do a lot of damage (hundreds) and you may require a weapon that does a certain minimum of damage per hit. I wouldn't suggest attempting it without a weapon at least as good as a welding tool (15 damage) or better. But, it can be done... and it really isn't hard if you know what you are doing.