Over the past year or so, we've had our chat filter in place. Previously, the chat filter detected any swear words or server names mentioned in the chat, and would cancel the chat event, and inform you not to attempt to bypass the filter or you will be punished. To most people that bypassed the filter, they interpreted this to mean that the rules don't matter, there was no reason their chat message was cancelled, and went ahead to bypass the filter. This was happening way too often, and was taking up a lot of time to go through chat logs and give out several day long mutes to those bypassing the filter.
Now, this has changed. Upon a violation of the chat-based rules that the server automatically detects, a short mute is automatically given to the player. This is probably going to be kept between 5 to 10 minutes, but as the filter develops, this time period may be extended the more bypasses you have. I understand this being annoying to those players who accidentaly swear or mention a server name, and previously the filter would have helped to stop them breaking the rules, however more times than often people just ignored it, and a change was needed. The mute therefore makes it a lot harder for people to find variations of words that bypass the chat filter, whilst flagging up to staff to check that players chat logs for any potential bypass attempts.
I am also aware that players have been attempting to use signs and books to bypass this filter. This is not allowed. It is against the rules, as it counts as punishment evasion. Our staff are aware of this, and have permissions to take any books from your inventory to check, as well as teleporting to your plot to check for signs. I have, and will probably always, take attempts to bypass the chat filter more seriously than saying something that gets caught by the filter, and you will be punished if caught. At this point in time, I will probably be advising staff to give out a 1 day ban for bypassing the chat filter, however if it is noticed that this is becoming regular, this will be extended to 1 week, a month, and if that doesn't work, permenant.
This may seem strict, but our current approach at being nice to players has failed to enforce the rules, and therefore things needed a change. Make sure you have read the rules using /rules & are following these (note about a month ago the wording of rules was changed to make them clearer). If you disagree with any of the server rules, don't just ignore the rules, instead contact me about them to explain why you disagree with the rules ([email protected]).
Just to clarify for any confusion on the rule about mentioning other servers: the rule applies to server names in chat, not just the server website or IP, and also the rule applies to servers even if you don't own them.
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