Minecraft Rules

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Minecraft Rules Explained

Remember that joining the New Heaven Minecraft Network means you agree to abide by these rules. Not reading these rules in detail does not excuse you from the consequences of breaking any of these rules for any reason. Staff members do not seek to punish players for no reason. They are there to ensure that everyone has a good environment to play the game. These rules are subject to change at any time so remember to regularly check back to this page. If you see a player break any of these rules while a staff member is not online, you are expected to report it on the forums or Discord server so it can be properly handled. If you do not report incidents we will be unable to fix them.

If you feel like you've been unjustly punished or you wish to get a second chance to return to the community, feel free to submit an appeal at the Appeal Section of the forums.

Rule #1
Do not disrespect, harass or discriminate against others for any reason.

Insulting, harassing, or discriminating against other players and staff members will not be tolerated. Outright insulting others is a major instance of disrespect even if it's a joke if the recipient does not take it kindly. When you see this or this happens to you, please remember to report it on forums or Discord server. Harassment means multiple instances of disrespect, intimidation or spitefulness. If someone is going out of their way to disrespect or spite anyone frequently, report it. Discrimination is more clear than the other clauses; if you see players using discriminatory language, making discriminatory remarks, or insulting players of a certain race, sexual orientation, nationality, religion, etc., immediately report it to a staff member.

Rule #2
No mature content in public areas. Be considerate when talking about these kinds of topics.

This includes sexual content and illegal drug references, both explicit and implicit. In a game like Minecraft, we are to have no tolerance over this kind of thing since we also have younger players on the network. Staff primarily watch the global chat and the server chat to ensure the chat is safe for everyone. Remember that regardless of whether you're in a public channel or private channel that you ensure the topics of the conversation are safe for younger players as well. Using local chat in spawn is considered public since just about anyone will be there at a given time.

Rule #3
Do not spam the chat in any way.

This is fairly straight-forward: message spam, character spam, cap spam, etc. is not allowed as it renders the chat unusable for other players. This is mostly blocked by our chat filter but because donors bypass the filter for convenience this rule is put in place. If you are asked to stop breaking this rule, follow staff orders. If you ignore or render the chat unusable you can be faced with punishment.

Rule #4
Do not advertise or mention other servers in any way.

Talking about or mentioning other servers to pull them from New Heaven to the other server is to be immediately punished regardless of what chat channel was used or if it was in a private message. This includes well-known servers, so simply asking players to join you on a popular server is not allowed.

Rule #5
Do not bypass the chat filter. Toggle it off if you don’t want to use it.

The chat filter that blocked swears can be toggled off with the /tf command. You are expected to not bypass the filter as it's meant to prevent swears to be seen by younger players. Be considerate when talking on the server because we want everyone to be able to freely use the chat. Purposely misspelling words, separating characters, etc. are not allowed. If you are speaking in another language other than English, be mindful of the players who will be seeing what you type and to primarily keep conversations with casual swearing in private channels.

Rule #6
Do not accuse anyone of hacking in the chat. Properly report them to the staff.

Ensure that you NEVER scream that there’s a hacker on the server in the in-game chat. All it does is make it much harder to catch them since they will toggle their hacks off. If you see a hacker the best thing you can do is report to a staff member directly in private messages, or report it on the forums or Discord server preferably with evidence. If you do this enough times, you will face punishment.

Rule #7
No hacking in any way including but not limited to unfair modifications and unfair resource packs.

Cheating by using unfair modifications or resource packs to give yourself a higher advantage over other players is not allowed for any reason. This includes adding an x-ray modification or an x-ray resource pack. If you are caught cheating, you will be removed from the community. There are a few specific modifications that are allowed, though:
  • Optifine
  • Shaders
  • 5zig
  • Minimaps without radars
  • Schematica without auto-building features

Rule #8
No exploiting bugs or unintended side effects.

Abusing bugs, exploits, or unintended side effects for your advantage is never allowed. This includes but is not limited to exploiting the economy, glitching into bases, bypassing PVP protections, and usage of 0 tick farms. You are expected to report all bugs you find in the game. This is so we can ensure the game works as intended. They can be reported by messaging a staff member, submitting a report on the Report Section, or posting it in the #bugs channel on our Discord server.

Rule #9
Do not use alternate accounts to interact with your other accounts.

Alternate accounts are generally not recommended as staff members can become suspicious of said accounts in the event the player bypasses punishments. If you choose to use an alternate account, it must be used like an entirely independent character to play another aspect of the server. You cannot use this to interact with your other accounts or use them to benefit another account. Any sort of progression like money, items, claims, etc. cannot be shared between accounts. Being caught doing this will get your accounts banned from the network.

Rule #10
Do not bypass punishments.

If you are punished, NEVER attempt to circumvent it in any way. If you've been muted, using any other form of communication is considered as bypassing your mute. If you've been banned, joining on an alternate account will be considered as bypassing your ban regardless of any reason you may give. If you feel falsely punished, use the Appeal Section of the forums to explain yourself instead of joining on an alternate account.

Rule #11
Do not bypass the AFK kicker.

The AFK kicker was made to move players to the Hub server if they become idle. This is so a player slot that isn't being used can be given to a player that may be waiting. Using an AFK machine, leaving a key pressed down, using a modification, or continuously moving without being present at your keyboard is considered breaking this rule.

Rule #12
Do not lag the servers in any way.

Anything that causing FPS or TPS lag is not allowed and will be removed without warning once found. This includes but is not limited to over-spawning entities, massive redstone circuits, fast circuits, or abusing plugin features. If you are using an auto farm or redstone circuit, it must have an off switch.

Rule #13
Do not combat log.

Leaving the game to avoid dying by another player even when not combat tagged is considered breaking this rule. This also prohibits switching servers or forms of instant teleportation. Purposely combat logging enough can get you punished.

Rule #14
Do not grief or steal from other people's claims.

We use an extensive claiming plugin to protect all of your builds and chests. You MUST claim everything that is yours to protect it from being griefed or destroyed. If it is not claimed and it gets destroyed or robbed, staff cannot do anything about it as it's your responsibility to protect it initially. However, players are not allowed to destroy or steal from claims they are trusted to. If this happens, immediately report it so a staff member can punish the griefer or thief and roll back the claim to its original state.

Rule #15
Do not claim with malicious intent.

Claims are meant to protect your builds and chests. Claims cannot prevent the expansion of other claims or in spite of other players. If this happens, you can report it and a staff member can look into it. If deemed malicious, the claim will be removed without warning.

Rule #16
Do not set homes with malicious intent.

Homes are meant to be used to go back to places regularly. Using a set-home to return to a fight, ambush, harass, etc. is not allowed. If you set a home near a claim you are not trusted to, it can be seen as malicious. Homes deemed malicious will be removed without warning. It is safe to just set homes to areas you own and remove homes from claims you are no longer trusted to.

Rule #17
No vulgar or offensive builds.

Builds that may offend or insult others are not allowed. This includes but is not limited to sexually crude builds, discriminatory builds, hate builds, swastikas or spelled out insults or swears. These are removed when seen without warning. If you are caught doing so, you will be punished.

Rule #18
Do not intentionally allow yourself to be killed to benefit yourself or others.

This does not mean dying, in general, is against this rule. Intentionally dying to benefit others, getting paid for doing so, etc. is considered feeding. If you or your target is found feeding intentionally to benefit yourselves, both of you will face punishment.

Rule #19
Seek a Helper when finding support. Do not skip to the Owner.

NEVER bring an issue directly to the Owner. There is an entire dedicated staff team that is willing to help anyone in the community. If you need something answered or reported, seek a Helper or the lowest-ranked staff member first. If they can't solve something, they will forward the issue to a higher staff member. Any issues brought to a higher ranked staff member like the Manager or Owner will simply be ignored or redirected to the appropriate person or section.
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