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So, I would like to start off this thread with a little backstory to when i used to play this server almost 3 years ago, as i joined in November 2014, and even before that as I made my account a bit after I actually joined the server. Minecats used to be a fun environment for everyone to participate in, the players actually were able to handle jokes, the staff members weren't as uptight and immature, and also the community was a whole lot better than it is now. I had came across so many issues with the staff team as I came back from basically a year and a half break of minecraft all in general. Some issues that I had came across, is staff afking while on the server, false mutes, and staff immaturity and lack of knowledge.
I'll save staff afking to last, as i actually have a video from a fellow member on minecats who recorded a conversation with other members about a staff afking, but we will come back to that later. So, false mutes. I have encountered so many false mutes that it's actually insane. Let's start off with a mute that I have gotten by Bygones. So, we were talking in chat just having a conversation when someone said " you thot " in chat. This person had not gotten a warning, which was completely odd to me, but I had let it go. Then Bygones has specifically told us that we were allowed to use the word " hoe " and " thot " as long as we weren't directing it at anyone, so I listened to what Bygones had told me and respected that. People were using the word, but not excessively. The problem I have with this, is that whenever I had said it in a way that was not directed to anyone I had gotten a warning. I was completely not okay with that, as I had done nothing wrong as Bygones told me that it was alright. I started to discuss the fact that I shouldn't have those warnings, as I didn't do anything wrong and then Bygones had literally muted me. That is where I got extremely mad, because I was trying to discuss with that staff member, and I can guarantee that he/she knew that I was right, so he/she just decided to mute me because it was the easiest thing to do. Not once did he/she say to message her/him about it, I was just straight up muted which I have a huge problem with. Another time where I had experienced a biased staff, was Lily. So, we were i the discord and there was just a bunch of people yelling and screaming in the discord, so I left. In local chat, I had said that they were like their own ear rape. I had gotten warned for "talking about rape" which I respected once again, and just moved on. Then, another member had said literally the EXACT same thing in local chat with Lily there participating in a roleplay, and there was NO warning given out to this user. So, I brought hit up saying that it's unfair that she had given me a warning, and not him. After me discussing the fact that it was unfair, she had finally warned him for his actions, but I guarantee that if I hadn't of said anything there would have been no warning given out, which I was again completely not okay with. There are so many more times that I had been muted falsely, but I won't get into that.
Next, we have staff immaturity and lack of knowledge. Now, I had gotten muted one time by I believe Braadd, for a reason that I yet have to discover. I had messaged him privately about the mute, wondering what I had done and why I was muted on such short notice. He had literally responded to me saying that he didn't have to tell me the reason why I had been muted, and that if I had continued on with messaging him my mute would extend. Now, please tell me how is that anywhere's near a mature and knowledged staff member? He was literally unable to tell me why I was muted, because there was literally no reason for it. That scenario had me extremely mad, as it was just one of the worst moments I had ever experienced with a staff member. As well as another time, my friend was muted by Bygones, once again. He was trying to explain his point of view, he had gotten muted for "arguing with staff." which I find completely atrocious, as he was just trying to defend himself but whatever. The way she/he had handled the situation was absolutely immature, and I just couldn't believe that I was actually speaking to a staff member at that time. The lack of maturity and knowledge of some of the staff members is honestly worrying, as whenever a staff member tells you something is alright, then goes ahead and mutes you for doing something that they said was allowed? I'm sorry, but that's just triggering. I could honestly rant on about this subject for so long, but I would rather not have literally a book of complaints on here for you to read.
Finally, staff afking. I had been told today actually by Cheskel that staff are able to afk. Now, please explain to me why is this allowed? Why are staff members actually allowed to afk on the server, whenever there are people that are in need of that staff member at that time. If you are going to be afk, log off the server so we don't try to get his attention, and actually think that there is a staff member online to actually help with something. All the other servers that I play on do not condone staff afking on the server, unless it's in the hubs as people can clearly tell that they are afk, and not left thinking or wondering where's this staff member, and when is he coming back? Braadd was one of the staff members that had been afk last night for over 20 minutes, and who knows how logn after I had logged off. It could have been an hour or two for all we know. Also, other members have reported that this was not the first time that he had done it that day. We have a video of proof showing that he was afk, and other's saying that he's been afk for more than 20 minutes which I think it just unacceptable. If you have to go somewhere's or something, log off. It's not difficult to press that red box with an x on the top of your screen, or press escape and disconnect. I'll link you to the video so you can see for yourself.
I know that I have been ranting on for quite a bit, but I just needed to vent my frustrations as whenever I try to do so in chat for someone to actually help me understand why this is happening, I just get muted for it or told to stop. You guys need to learn how to take criticism, so you can actually make your server more enjoyable for everyone. Criticism is something in life that we all need to have, but it seems like whenever I have an opinion about something it's impossible to even have one without getting muted, or warned for "arguing with staff" which I still find ridiculous as the staff is basically arguing with me as well, and can't take another point of view on a subject without muting me. I personally think Minecats needs a change in how they mentor their staff members, and how this server works. Back in 2014 it was never like this, people could actually take jokes, we could say things that if we said now, we would be muted for. It's like whenever I try to joke about something that's not even possible for someone to get offended over, someone always has something to say about how they're offended or whatever, it's honestly ridiculous. I'm going to end my rant here, because I'm sure this is already a book for you guys to read, but this is all of my opinions and thoughts and I honestly hope that you take what I say in mind and actually try to do something about it. If anyone would like to continue to converse with me about my opinions, like honestly please come to about it because I would love to hear more opinions and thoughts on such because I would love to get a discussion going, and maybe come to an agreement. Thank you for your time, and once again I'm sorry for writing you a novel, but I just needed to get this off of my chest. Thank you for your time.