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Some Reforms

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New Network-Wide Builder + Architect Ranks
In MC1, the Builder and Architect ranks have had access to a variety of tools when in creative based worlds such as creative and plots. Now, all Arcator servers have Builder + Architect ranks which users can be promoted to. Unlike MC1, these ranks have creative level permissions on all worlds. This allows volunteers to assist with creative mode or WorldEdit to build new things without requiring a staff rank. Unlike staff ranks, these ranks are local and pertain only to individual servers. Staff can simply use /promote and /demote to move players through these ranks.

Introducing (Truly) Global Schematics
Global schematics now work for literally all Arcator servers. Onfim can use !sendSchematic to allow builds to move across servers which will work well with the new Architect rank. For the original post on how to use !sendSchematic, check here. Onfim can also take in downloads in the format !sendSchematic (link ending with .schematic) MC1

Announcing Endspawn Revision
The MC1 spawn that all users start in, has received a few updates since the end of the 2014 revival which saw the last of many 2011 - 2013 users. However, there's been a large increase in the number of servers and gamemodes leaving many portals squeezed into small areas.
A major renovation project is planned to merge the best of the old and new, combining elements of the 2014 revival with the numerous spawn suggestions over the past several months. The new spawn poll while decisive shows that there is a lot of room for improvement. Volunteers of any rank are welcomed to discuss plans for the spawn on the Discord.

Staff Training Revision
The staff guide now goes beyond the basics of identifying and rolling back griefs and teaches how to use arguments in various situations for more advanced cases. The guide also touches on //restore which in certain cases can work better than /co rollback by preserving item positions inside containers.
In addition, the process of making ban posts will be simplified. The multiple block edit in a screenshot rule has been waived. Just make sure there actually were 6 or more edits in the case of griefing (or any number of items for a theft). Discord is also a permissible way of attaching evidence should you find it more convenient than going to imgur.

MC1 Skycity Changes
Creativity is best left unhinged and all building codes from Skycity going back to 2014 have been repealed. The only requirement is discussing new plots with others to ensure that it doesn't interfere with other plans. Large pre-existing flat plots are in various locations to assist those who'd rather not build new platforms.

Restoration of 2014 Survival Relics
The relic builds of terry_augenikos, komix2001, and mountain house which form a large part of the peaceful survival map's story have been restored using 2014 backups. 3 years of minor changes from naive and new users from 2015 - 2017 had moved around some items in the containers and altered the farms.

Two New Machines
Jordan and Hylian have set up a new machine which may represent the future of Arcator. Built using server-grade parts, the machine will run MC1, the core of Arcator provided it is sufficiently stable. In addition, Dust has also set up a new machine for MC8 (AP). With load balancing, both machines will significantly improve performance.

Server Syncing
/menu is now synced on all servers and will always be up to date. /einfo architect and /grief on MC1 have been replaced with global bungee-based info commands.

MC2 Patches
MC2 now runs properly again on a new dedicated machine. The process by which CoreProtect and Stats3 were ported and fixed using data across 3 machines can be found here.

New MC5
Due to lack of interest, KitPvP has been hidden and MC5's slot will be replaced with a Gulliver server. Go to the Discord for more details on how to connect. Instead, this slot will be used for the original fortnight map.

MC6/7 Patches
Base and Creative groups now sync perfectly.

New MC9
Due to similar lack of interest, the old Pawns server has been hidden and replaced with a vanilla survival, currently called Fortnight. On this server, people will play vanilla survival on custom maps. These maps are voted on in polls every 2 weeks and can range from surviving in the farlands, an indev flying hell map, etc.

Smarter Onfim
Onfim can now assist with using CoreProtect by turning CoreProtect's /h ago times into readable timestamps. Simple type "###/h ago" or "unix time #####" to get a readable timestamp.
7/4/2017 2:39:44 AM UTC

Rule Changes
Global Rules have been renamed to Network Rules to reduce confusion.
Network rules apply on all arcator servers, and global rules now refer exclusively to the MCBans global rules that are used for /gbans. Use /grules to view a link for all rules that warrant /gban and /nrules for all arcator exclusive rules. In addition, the #rules channel on the Discord will now auto-update and can always be relied upon.

As a small touch, check this post at different times of day and mouse over the survival images for a 2014 time comparison. ;)