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Rules, Bans, Management, and Map changes.

Sorry it took so long to get all of this sorted out, and for this post to be made.
Making the anticheat, along with some issues it was causing, combined with changing DevolvedAdmin and changing around the mapvote took a bit of time.


So first, a little backstory on what's going on and why. This is more of a backstory behind everything; the big bold parts below this are the more important bits.

When I originally created Devolved over 2 years ago, I wanted to make a server that people would enjoy playing.
I wanted people to enjoy the stuff I made myself, and watch how it grew. This is exactly what happened, people gave positive feedback
and enjoyed what I was creating. I wanted to have a completely custom server, with close to no code from the workshop, garrysmod.org, or whatever.
Now that isn't as much the case, since we need some fillers for our items system, but it still applies in various ways.

The server actually didn't exactly start as Devolved. The first manager we ever had was Mythik, and he actually brought all
his players to Devolved. Then a lot of nice people started playing. It was really awesome! Over time Myhik was shown to be a bit immature and was demoted,
but then I met John. John sort of knew Lua, and back then I was really into helping people out with learning how to code in Garry's Mod.

The community started to shape up the game itself. People posted suggestions all over the place, and it evolved from using stuff like ULX
to using a complete custom administration system, tiers, cading, and a ton of other unique ideas for Devolved's time.

I mean really, the community for sure makes a huge impact on the game, and there's a lot in the Devolved history books.
For awhile I went away, and John started working on stuff by himself. After awhile, I started working on "the new Devolved".

John made this manifesto thread and shortly after left Devolved for the most part,
Rumble/Boulder also made one of these manifesto threads, then we had this
"giant open beta" for "the new Devolved" and there is an entire archived forum from that located here.
I want you to look through these compare them to how Devolved is now. Almost none of these apply anymore. We changed it all, together.


So why did I just tell you all that?
Because I have always disliked the idea of permanent bans. Terminating people forever from the server I've worked hard on for so long is not cool.
I want to grow a community here. Not banish 50% of GMod players because of all the permanent bans that add up over the years.
Also, people can change a lot, I've seen it - and it's happened to myself as well while this community grew to what it is today.
4 to 6 months is a lot of time for someone to mature, especially between the ages of 14 to 18 (which is a lot of gamers it seems; not saying everyone!)

So now to the content part, and what's changing. This is sorted into sections so it's easier to read than my life story above.

Rules

The rules have completely change - please take the time to read through this page: http://devolved.us/tttrules

The URL's in game and in the sticky have changed to this new URL. It's also accessible under the "Extras" tab on the homepage.
You can go ahead and post your opinions about the new rules here in this thread.

DevolvedAdmin now logs all kicks, bans, and slays - staff members can right click and choose "View History" to see the list.
Please note this will only apply to actions taken after this update.

Bans

Because of the new ruleset, all bans longer than 4 months (including permas) have been reduced to 4 month bans.

This means everyone who was banned more than 4 months ago, can now play the server again.

If these players break the rules, ban them according to the new times. They aren't getting permabanned again. No one is. Everyone gets a chance at redeeming themselves, as many times as they want.
I know this might make some people angry, but really - take a chill pill. Just enjoy the game, if someone comes back month(s) later and breaks the rules again,
re-ban them - it's really not that hard. You won't see them for another x amount of time (months) anyway.
Because there are no longer permanent bans, you are NOT allowed to use alternate accounts to evade your ban.

Also, I've decided that the community now comes first in light of the recent hacking ban (manager wouldn't budge on the unban). Because of this,
You are now allowed to make community ban reports and unban appeal polls.

If your reasoning for the community ban/unban is ridiculous, trollish, or anything of the sort - your thread will be locked, and you may possible be forum banned.
You must have a real, legit reason.

Management

I've decided to do something I haven't done for almost 2 years: manage the server myself.
You're going to see me on a lot more in the next few weeks, and after awhile of getting used to the regulars and players on our server,
we'll have people post manager applications and I'll figure out who I believe is most fit to manage the community.

I really miss doing this. It's been a very long time, and I think it could be good for everyone to know who I am.
Sometimes I join the server and people question me being the owner, I'm surprised that there are people that don't even know the owner's name.
And that makes me kind of sad.

All staff applications from this point on will be handled by me for now.

RedRocketRover has returned back to his administrator position, but he (and others!) can feel free to apply for manager in some weeks.

Map Changes

The maps on our server have now been cleaned up. From various suggestions, some maps have been removed, some have been added, and some have adjusted spawns/etc.
Also, every couple of map changes the mapvote system will now force the least played maps to be in the list.
There is still some cleaning up to do here on the maps, but I will do that with you guys in-game :)

Devolved TTT Trailer

I've created a small trailer showing off some of the features of our server.
Hopefully this opens up our server to even more people, and I'll probably ask players if they'd like to watch the trailer when they join for the first time.
Expect quite a big update relatively soon. Tons of new content (items, crates, some new features, some polished models, and optimizations)




On a side note, if you are good at video editing/sony vegas and think you could make really awesome trailer videos for future updates and gamemodes, contact me.

Devolved is Expanding!



Thanks everyone!
Recently I've decided I want to move forward with Devolved in a lot of ways. Thanks to you guys.
You guys have been donating a lot recently - and now I can start experimenting with things that cost money to better the community.
You're only going to see Devolved get better from now on; and fast. I plan on spending tons of time coding in the coming weeks.



TTT East Coast Server
We now have a US east coast VDS located in New York. There are now two TTT servers.
Many communities already do this, so that people who only play low-ping servers can play just fine.

This is an experiment for now. Not 100% sure if we will be keeping it - but hopefully things go smooth as butter.

The IP is "ttt2.devolved.us"
Alternative: 192.223.27.24:27015

General questions answered:

Will my inventory, stats, rank, etc. be the same on this server?
Yes. Your donation rank/items will sync on every single Devolved server. Your inventory, stats, etc will be cross-server with any TTT we host.
Same with the market.

How do rare crate drops work?
Pretty much the same. They have a random time limit applied, and both servers read off the same time.
It'll be random which server drops the rare crate. Remember that you need 16 players for a rare crate to even drop though.
An update will be applied to both servers that syncs information from the database before doing things.

I'm banned on TTT. Am I banned here?
Yes, our bans system is server-wide.

I'm TTT admin or mod. Am I admin or mod here?
Yes, when applying for TTT admin it applies to all of our TTT servers.
So does manager.

What if it's Saturday in east coast but not west, will we have double XP?
No. The time on this server works off pacific time as well.

Can we have an EU server? A central server?
If this works out, then yes.



SSL Certificate
I've switched our domain registrar and have purchased an SSL certificate. It's not applied yet, but it will be soon.
What does this mean? Well, basically when you visit a website like https://google.com/ it makes the connection secure and encrypts any information (the https at the beginning)
This makes donating, logging in through Steam's website, and a load of other things a ton more secure. You can read more here.



Website Updates
Next, I've been evolving the website in many ways. Most user links now direct to their player pages, which show various information about players.
The player pages are going to change a ton over time - the next two features will be custom urls and hiding your inventory.
I've completely recoded the item stats and added a crate drop stats tab.
The shoutbox is being recoded, there are now various website API's, the market system was added, etc.



Roleplay Development
The Roleplay has started development. I have so many plans for this gamemode it will blow your mind.
Expect Roleplay Dev Blogs relatively soon, and maybe even a beta server sooner than you think :)
This is a complete recode from the old "DevolvedRP" - and it's going to be a new generation in roleplay servers.

The Webhost Merge!



I've finally purchase the "Pro" website plan - the best NFOServer has to offer. This means no more 503 errors!
The beta website is now our official website! You can also now donate for a banner for the top of the page (click here).

The forums are now separated from the main homepage. Meaning the forum is now located at http://devolved.us/forum/ - it's much cleaner this way.
This hosting upgrade also give us an SSL license. That means we'll be able to use https:// !

A lot of pages will be missing. Please post what pages/images are missing and I will bring them back to life.
The website will undergoe many changes, updates, recodes, and additions.

Following this update (relatively soon) will be the big TTT update, fixing any bugs that come with it, then I'll be working on our DarkRP server for a long while.
Once the DarkRP is ready for an open beta, I'll be purchasing the best dedicated server NFOServers has to offer as well.

Complain about the new website/bugs in here!
Ignore the forum donation page being broken for now. Going to recode this tomorrow into the front page.
Post any bugs or things that need to be added. You can also ask about plans for the website.

This should be the end of those 503 errors!