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AeSix

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Minecats is made of three very important things:
Our game servers (Currently limited to Minecraft)
Our community (All those who play and chat with us!)
Our staff (Those who get things done and keep the trouble makers at bay!)

Obviously we're not going to have a large, growing and thriving community if the servers aren't there, or if they're not fun to play on. So, it's up to the owners to make sure we have the servers to play on, and up to the staff to make them enjoyable!

We're "hiring" (Volunteers)!
Wait, why is "hiring" in quotes? That's because we're not a company with a payroll and insurance, etc. We're a private community of volunteers. The only people who get paid are the ISP and electric company. So even the owners don't get paid by Minecats. We'd like to change that in the future. But, that takes a LOT of work and effort, and of course money.

So, by being staff on Minecats, you're giving your word to work on Minecats servers to help us get to a point where we can beat down the likes of Hypixel and dominate all other competitors! Oh, a bit ambitious? Maybe! But it's fun to think one day we could all be making $8000 a month doing something we love!

Now, with itsaid that no one gets paid, this /is/ after all just something fun for everyone to do. Those who put in the time, effort and help to make Minecats a better place, will be rewarded with additional perks, responsibilities and certain freedoms on Minecats. Hey, if you're going to do things to better the community, you should be able to have a little extra fun above and beyond... and have the ability to keep the trouble makers from causing, well, trouble! Depending on the server and position, these perks range from being able to mute troublesome chatters to being able to use WorldEdit in it's fullest to create amazing builds, and even control over certain aspects of individual game servers, such as new spawns, events, or even help guide the direction the game will be going in.

Staff Expectations:
Minecats has several staff positions. Each position increases the amount of responsibility, control and knowledge in multiple ways. More knowledge leads to more control, which leads to more responsibilities, which itself leads to more knowledge.

When a player joins staff, they're expected to have the knowledge of what Minecraft is, to understand how the plugins work, and the spirit of the rules of Minecats, and be able to assist players with in-game issues (like how to use WorldEdit). Upon becoming staff, the new ChatMod will learn how to (un)mute players, force them in and out of channels, and how to report inapprorpiate builds to Moderators, as well as when and how to seek help from any higher staff or other resource when an issue is beyond their control or ability to help with. This is what is meant by knowledge. To know how, and when.

All staff are expected to exert reasonable control over themselves, the game (in ways which they have the power to do so), and the community, in a way which is done for the betterment of Minecats and our community. This boils down to the staff a) not abusing their power, and b) being there when they're needed and being able to correct and handle any situation they're faced with, or seek assistance from those who can. Staff who use their position only to gain access to worldedit, more plots, as a social status, or to be able to mute, kick and make unwelcome people they don't like will not remain on staff. Likewise, staff who do not communicate, are absent, or who seemingly don't care that three people are calling each other names or otherwise breaking the rules will also not remain on staff.

The staff are responsible, firstly and most importantly, for their own well being - their own life, job, school, ensuring they're not neglecting real life important things to be on Minecats. Being told "Sorry, I can't be staff any more because I'm homeless as I didn't pay any of my bills, instead of working I spent all my time on Minecats" is never acceptable. You are responsible for your life. However, if you've given your word, which you will have done by joining staff, there are certain expectations that you're also responsible for. Each staff position has their own set of responsibilities - but this again boils down to the staff being staff. Real life comes first, and that's not negotiable - but if you know life is going to be getting in the way, let us know. Don't take on more responsibilities you can actually handle and see through to finish. Be on as much as you can be.


Staff Positions:
There are 8 staff positions. 2 of these are reserved for only the most trustworthy and active members of staff. 2 are reserved for the owners. Together, these four positions are the "Executives" (just a fancy word meaning people who are in charge) The remaining four positions are "Staff" There are really only 3 staff positions, with the forth having few additional responsibilities or perks, but expanded in scope.

ChatMod - This position moderates just the chat. Keeps players from being abusive, using incorrect channels, etc. The ChatMod is also responsible for assisting players with understanding how to do things. These staff have to know basic Minecraft and Minecats things to be able to help other players, to know the rules (especially concerning chat), and know when to mute a player or to seek a Moderator+ to ban that player. (abuse or absence will result in being demoted to Knight)

Moderator - This position expands on ChatMod by requiring the staff to also moderate game activity - such as making sure there's no inappropriate builds, signs aren't used to bypass chat rules, to help players with game mechanics, and more advanced help. May also ban players. (absence may result in being demoted to ChatMod, abuse of powers may result in a ban or demote)

GameMaster - GMs expand on Moderator, and gives the staff the ability to create, run and complete official competitions, contests and other events. GMs for Parkours are required to set up new parkours. Admins ensure all functions and features are working properly and seek assistance from the SysOp when they are unable to correct the issues. GMs will have different roles and access depending on the server they are GM on. This can be considered a per-server junior admin position

Admin - This position expands on Moderator and GM, by giving the staff permissions to correct and handle larger issues in game, such as deleting plots & claims, building spawns areas, interacting with plugins for setup and corrective purposes (such as ShopKeepers, ChestShops, etc) There is much more access to server plugins and functions than GM. Admins help GMs to complete tasks for server events when needed.

These positions, Executives, are offered only to Admins, and may not be applied for by anyone else:
Sr Admin - The Senior Admin position is the same as Admin, with the exceptions that GMs & Admins answer to Sr Admins, and Sr Admins answer to SysOp and Owner, and are Sr Admin per server *group* (such as survival servers, adventure servers, etc)

GameOp - The GameOp is the GO to person. This position is an expansion of Sr Admin, but provides a high level of access to all servers, and knows Minecats in and out, up and down, back and forward and sideways too.

SysOp - SysOp - There's only one SysOp: AeSix. This positions deals mostly with the host servers, networking, and setting up new server environments for the rest of the staff to turn into awesome games.

Owner - Everything else, from domain names, to dealing with the IRS to developing custom plugins... and of course everything else related to Minecats, from Player and ChatMod to SysOp responsibilities.

We need you!
As replies to this thread, you will find various openings which we're needing filled.

Normally, we ask that players work to become Knights - non-staff community leaders who really know the game server they're playing on. After some time, Knights may apply, or be offered ChatMod. As a ChatMod, the staff works towards being a Moderator, and then GM, and Admin. This is being set aside for now, and anyone interested in being a ChatMod or Moderator may apply. Current Knights or Staff may applyto be any staff position up to Admin on new servers. Admins may speak to AeSix regarding becoming a Sr Admin or GameOp.

Applications may be filled out at https://support.minecats.com/support
To apply, go to the above web page. Read the instructions at the top, then click in "Categories" and select "Staff Application" - Thank you, ThilsikTonix for pointing out the confusion!
 
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AeSix

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ChatMods!
We're always looking for good ChatMods! This position is network wide, meaning if you're a ChatMod on Creative, you're also ChatMod on Survival. Why? Because the chat rules are the same on all servers. There's no reason a ChatMod can't mute someone on one server just because it's not the server they were promoted to ChatMod on. (Likewise, Mod+ are ChatMod everywhere as well)

ChatMods need to know what Minecats rules are regarding appropriate words, conversations, and how to mute, unmute and force players into a more appropriate channel. ChatMods need to understand the difference between what is appropriate in one channel vs another, as some content not suitable for public channels is OK for private channels, such as /ch l when no other players complain about the topic.

ChatMods must also know the basics of Minecraft, and the basic functions of the major plugins we use. Learning as you go is completely acceptable, as long as the basics are already understood.

If you're interested in becoming a Minecats ChatMod, please apply!
 

AeSix

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Parkours staff:
We have 3 staff positions available, and several openings.

1-5x Moderator: On Parkours, the Moderator ensure that all of the courses are able to be completed. The Mod will answer issue tickets, and use that system to find courses which have issues preventing players from completing them. Moderators are able to complete courses and gain the same rewards as players, however will not be able to set rewards for courses. Moderators may also assist with setting up new courses. The moderator will also modera

2-3x GameMaster: The GM will do as the Moderator, in addition to other duties. The GM is expected to create and run new events. This will be at least 6 new events per year (1 every other month), more is acceptable. These events must be completely new. The events should not be usable unless the GM is there to run them. The GM should run each event at least weekly until the next event is opened. In lieu of that, a single event area which is continually changed, improved and otherwise modified to give different experiences each time is also accptable, again, with at least weekly runs. The GM is responsible for coming up and building the new events, however these events may not be unique to Minecats, but MUST be applicable to Parkours. Such events might be cooperative jumping courses, where a player has to stay on a pressure plate until another player crosses to the next play; a competitive course, where first to finish wins; Ender Egg hunts, where players collect the most to win. The GMs should work in cooperation with each other to build and run the events, when there is more than 1 GM.

1 Admin: The admin helps with GM, Moderator and ChatMod duties. The Parkours Admin is responsible for setting up new courses, including setting the rewards (which will be standardized for all courses), pasting the structure into place, and setting up the entry signs. This is done with the Minigames plugin. The admin will also be responsible for creating and testing parkours. The admin works with the SysOp and Owner to balance rewards and works with the GMs to schedule events. The Admin will hold any Buycraft coupons used as rewards, and will be responsible for providing in-game rewards to winners, all of which may involve working with staff from other servers.


We're also looking for builders for Parkours server: Jump, drop, fly, swim, crawl, and maze courses, as well as courses which combine any number of these aspects! To be a Parkours builder - build an awesome course on Creative and modreq it! Make signs explaining what kind of course it is. In the future, we hope to have a builder world on Parkours, so everything will be much easier!
 

AeSix

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Skyblock staff

1-5x Moderator: will moderate the islands, ensuring no inappropriate builds. Will make sure players are not using client hacks, such as flying. Moderators will assist players with issues relating to the creation of islands, setting their home, etc. Moderators will have some accesses not given to players to use for inspecting the server for malicious and inappropriate islands, help correct issues, etc.

1-2 GMs: The GM will do as the Moderator, in addition to other duties. The GM is expected to create and run new events. This will be at least 6 new events per year (1 every other month), more is acceptable. These events must be completely new. The events should not be usable unless the GM is there to run them. The GM should run each event at least weekly until the next event is opened. In lieu of that, a single event area which is continually changed, improved and otherwise modified to give different experiences each time is also accptable, again, with at least weekly runs. The GM is responsible for coming up and building the new events, however these events may not be unique to Minecats, but MUST be applicable to Skyblock. Such events might be dungeon-like islands; cooperative raid events against withers; competitive events such as Ender Egg hunts, etc. The sky is the limit for Skyblock events! The GMs should work in cooperation with each other to build and run the events, when there is more than 1 GM.

Admin: We currently have interim admins, whom may choose to stay on as Skyblock admins. This post will be updated if they choose not to stay as admin on Skyblock.
 

AeSix

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LionsDen, Survival and Creative:

1-5 Moderators each: Moderate builds, handle claim issues, and inspect the world for issues. Mods will moderate the claims/plots, ensuring no inappropriate builds. Will make sure players are not using client hacks, such as flying (for LD/Survival). Moderators will assist players with issues relating to the creation of claims/plots, setting their home, etc. Moderators will have some accesses not given to players to use for inspecting the server for malicious and inappropriate claims, help correct issues, etc.

Survival and Creative:
1-2 GMs: The GM will do as the Moderator, in addition to other duties. The GM is expected to create and run new events. This will be at least 6 new events per year (1 every other month), more is acceptable. These events must be completely new. The events should not be usable unless the GM is there to run them. The GM should run each event at least weekly until the next event is opened. In lieu of that, a single event area which is continually changed, improved and otherwise modified to give different experiences each time is also accptable, again, with at least weekly runs. The GM is responsible for coming up and building the new events, however these events may not be unique to Minecats, but MUST be applicable to the server game type. The GMs should work in cooperation with each other to build and run the events, when there is more than 1 GM.
 

AeSix

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Looking for Builders for Classic spawn area! Apply directly to @AeSix#2025 in Discord! This may lead to Admin for Classic.

Some information about Classic:
Classic is a flat world (10240x1024) world with layers of bedrock, stone and grass on top with about 240 blocks of air above that. Players claim areas with GriefPrevention. Players have access to WorldEdit. There are no mobs, animals, villagers, etc. There are no pre-built structures outside of spawn.

Spawn will need to contain some informational sections:
Basic commands and functions
Rules
Owner/builder board
examples of various things that can be done on Classic


The builder, upon completion of the spawn build, may choose to assist the SysOp with finding applicable plugins to help Classic feel even more like Minecraft classic.
 
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