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NH Minecraft Rules Explained: Revised Edition


Minecraft Rules Explained

Playing on New Heaven will be considered your acceptance of these rules. We will not accept the excuse that you were unaware of the rules, as they are available here and in-game.
Make sure that you check the rules regularly as we may make changes at any point.
A lot of this is common sense but is still included because unfortunately its not as common as it should be.
If a staff member tells you not to do something, then you must listen to them. You can not argue that you're allowed to do something because it is not explicitly stated here.

If you believe that you have been unfairly punished, you can make an appeal in the appropriate section on the forums.

Repeated rule breaking will result in your removal from the community.

If someone is breaking rules make sure that you gather proof, such as video or screenshots (screenshots are not proof for hacking) and make a post either here or on discord. Make sure that you follow the formats that we provide on both platforms.
Always make sure that you are also doing as much as you can to avoid/prevent these things from continuing. For example, if someone is spamming you, you need to gather proof and then /ignore them. Even though you /ignore them, you still need to report them so that we can prevent them from continuing to do it to others.
Disclaimer: The punishments listed here are only possible punishments, and may not be the actual punishment you receive.

Do not disrespect, harass, or cause drama to others for any reason.
Everyone deserves to be treated with respect. If you can't be nice, don't say anything.
Harassment of any kind is illegal and will not be tolerated on this server. However, keep in mind that simply being killed a few times on a PVP server is not harassment.
Negatively provoking others in order to get a response is considered to be starting drama. Continuing drama is just as bad as starting it.
Threatening others, insulting others, entirely preventing them from playing, bringing real-life issues onto the server, etc. These are some of the things that are included in this rule.
This includes, but is not limited to, using text, signs, books, nicknames, pet names or item names.
Punishment: temp mute / ban

No discrimination of any kind.
Do not insult, humiliate or embarrass anyone because of their race, age, gender or sexual orientation.
Try not to bring up the topic of race or sexual orientation as it could cause problems.
This includes, but is not limited to, using text, signs, books, nicknames, pet names or item names
Punishment: temp mute

No roasting or jokes that embarrass, humiliate or insult others.
Try to avoid roasting others, and don't do it if your intention is to cause harm or insult them.
While jokes may seem funny to some, if they are made for the sole purpose of embarrassing, humiliating or insulting another person and entertaining a select few, then they are unacceptable.
Needing to claim that “it was a joke” means that others did not find it funny and that the ‘joke’ should not have been made.
Punishment: temp mute

Do not disrespect staff.
It is sad that this even needs to be specified as its own rule, but some people just don't seem to understand that staff have the same rights as everyone else.
Staff are people too and deserve respect as much as anyone else.
Impersonating staff counts as disrespect.
Punishment: temp mute

Do not ignore staff.
Do not deliberately ignore staff. We are trying to do our jobs and you make it harder when you choose not to listen. Unless you are AFK in the Hub, we expect you to listen when we tell you to do something, or when we are trying to talk to you.
Ignoring us causes issues and/or prevents us from solving issues.
Leaving chat channels so that staff can not talk to you is not acceptable behavior.
If a member of staff tells you “enough” or to “stop what you are doing” we mean immediately, not when you feel like it.
Punishment: temp mute

Do not interfere with staff business or punishments.
If you are not a part of a situation, and you try to state your opinion or get involved in any other way, it will be considered interference. Involving yourself only makes it harder for staff to control a situation.
Punishments are between the punished player and the members of staff. Trying to talk to staff on behalf of your friend is considered interfering.
An appeal may only be made by the punished player. Attempting to make one for them, and insisting that it be accepted is considered interfering.
Punishment: temp mute

No sexual talk, images, or references.
This keeps the chat safe for any who wishes to use it and means that those who don't want to see or be involved in that sort of thing aren't forced to see it, or forced out of the chat.
Using slang or finding ways to vaguely reference it in order to avoid outright discussing it is still considered talking about it, and as such is not allowed.
This includes, but is not limited to, using text, signs, books, nicknames, pet names or item names.
It is against the rules regardless of the channel you use.
There is absolutely no reason to need to discuss sexual things on Minecraft. There are other places on the internet for that.
Punishment: temp mute

No unnecessary or excessive profanity.
Swearing is allowed so long as it is kept to a minimum and not used unnecessarily or aimed at anyone. It should also all be spelled correctly so that it does not bypass the chat filter.
Swearing at others is unnecessary and causes issues that could lead to breaking other rules. If you reach the point where you feel like swearing at others, log out and take a break to calm down.
Punishment: temp mute

No drug references.
Do not encourage the use of drugs, or make jokes out of it.
Using slang or finding ways to vaguely reference it in order to avoid outright discussing it is still considered talking about it, and as such is not allowed.
This includes, but is not limited to, using text, signs, books, nicknames, pet names or item names.
It is against the rules regardless of the channel you use.
There is no reason to need to discuss drugs in New Heaven. There are other places on the internet for that.
Punishment: temp mute

No spamming in chat.
Spamming includes, but is not limited to, using letters/symbols excessively, repeating messages constantly, mass-sending messages, filling chat, sending constant tp requests, multiple capital letters, etc.
For those being spammed, get a screenshot and then try one of these methods:
/ignore (username)
/cstoggle - Toggle buy and sell notification messages. This stops people from using your shop signs to spam you.
Punishment: temp mute

No advertising or mentioning other servers in chat or signs.
We define advertising as the intent to get our players onto another server.
The only reason for putting another server's IP in the chat is to get them on that server, and as such is considered advertising.
Saying the name of a server with the intent to get others on that server is just as bad as posting the actual IP, as it is very easy for someone to use google and find the IP.
Simply talking about a server is fine as long as you are not trying to get others to go on there.
Punishment: ban

Do not bypass the chat filter.
The chat filter can be toggled at any time using /tf
The chat filter exists because not everyone wishes to read the things that the filter blocks, and some may not be allowed to see them because of personal, religious, parental or other reasons.
Bypassing it simply because you can't be bothered turning it off yourself is rude and inconsiderate of others. It also fills the chat with misspelled words and could lead to spam.
If there are words that you feel should be added to the filter, let us know in the suggestions section on the forums and we can review them. Make sure you include the word(s), and why it should be included in the filter.
Punishment: temp mute

Do not accuse anyone of hacking in the chat.
Rather than using the chat where everyone can see, contact staff directly. If there aren't any staff online, you can use discord or the forums to make an official report. Make sure to use the formats provided on both platforms.
Accusing someone of hacking (where everyone can see) means that the hackers are likely to start toggling their hacks, especially if they know that staff are online. This means that it becomes impossible for us to catch them.
Accusing someone of hacking as a joke or an insult will not be tolerated.
Using the chat to accuse others could also cause unnecessary drama.
Punishment: temp mute

Keep conversations in the appropriate chat channels.
We have different channels so that people can talk to others across the network or only those on the same server, in their local area, or others who are interested in roleplay.
This is so that one chat is not filled with dozens of different conversations.
Deliberately using the wrong channels to force people to see your conversations is disrespectful to others.
Punishment: temp mute

No hacking in any way.
Hacking ruins the game for others. If you wish to hack then find another server.
If you own a hacked client, it is recommended that you remove it before logging onto New Heaven. Toggling it on, even by accident, will result in you being removed from the server.
Any form of x-raying (seeing through the ground) also counts as hacking.
If you happen to glitch or lag and see through the ground, taking advantage of what you saw and going mining will count as hacking and/or exploiting.
Punishment: ban

Do not use unfair modifications to your client.
This includes anything that gives you an unfair advantage over other players.
If it is not listed in the allowed section below, then assume that it's not allowed and do not use it on New Heaven.
Minimap mods (must NOT show entity/player locations. If it shows players or entities then you are breaking the rules)
More player models Mod
Schematica (must disable auto placing)
If you wish for a mod to be allowed, make a suggestions thread and include your name, the mod name, a link to its description (make sure it doesn’t lead to another server. If it does then just copy-paste the description) and the reason you think it should be allowed.
It does not matter if the benefit you receive from any mod is only slight, or if its a major advantage. They are considered the same under this rule.
Punishment: ban

Do not use unfair texture packs.
This includes, but is not limited to, texture packs that alter the visuals of blocks to give yourself an advantage.
Punishment: ban

No exploiting bugs in any way.
Finding and abusing bugs, exploits, or unintended side effects for your advantage is not allowed.
This includes exploiting the economy for your own benefit.
Glitching into other players bases is considered to be exploiting a bug and/or glitch and as such is not allowed. However, do not report everyone who gets into your house as having glitched in. Just because you think there's no way in, doesn't mean there isn't one.
If you find anything, report it to staff through the bug reports section on the forums or discord.
Punishment: temp ban and removal of whatever you gained

Do not use alternate accounts to interact with your other accounts.
If you use an alt account (not recommended) it must be used as an entirely independent character. Your alt is not allowed to interact with any of your other accounts in any way, shape or form. The accounts can not share money, items, claims (they can't be trusted in the same claims regardless of who owns them) or anything else. Doing so will be considered boosting.
You are not allowed to use your friends to pass stuff from one account to the other. Doing so will mean that both you and your friend(s) are involved in boosting an alt.
All accounts involved will be punished.
Punishment: temp ban / ban

Do not bypass punishments.

If you have received a punishment, do not attempt to bypass it. If you have been muted, using any form of communication on the server will count as bypassing. If you have been banned, using an alt will count as bypassing regardless of the fact that you may have previously been using it as a separate character.
If you believe you have been falsely punished, do not attempt to contact staff on the server to appeal your punishment.
Make an appeal on the forums and calmly explain your side of the story. Make sure you use the format that is provided. Any appeal made on the discord will be discarded.
Punishment: temp ban / ban

Do not bypass the AFK kicker.
The AFK kicker exists to prevent people from being on the different game modes when they are not actually playing. One reason for this is because there are benefits that can be gained simply by being online.
Mods that prevent you from being AFK-kicked are prohibited, as well as any form of in-game mechanic that prevents you from being sent to the Hub.
Moving a few blocks every few minutes to avoid being sent to the Hub is also bypassing.
If you are not actually playing, (which includes moving and/or talking) but are not being sent to hub, it is considered bypassing the AFK kicker. This means that if you AFK (or even semi-AFK) near a farm and you are not being kicked to hub for being AFK, then you are bypassing.
You must be playing if you wish to remain on Survival/Creative/Kitpvp.
If you are AFK or going AFK and wish to remain on the server, move to the Hub until you return.
Punishment: temp ban

Do not lag the servers in any way.
Anything that causes lag will be removed.
This includes, but is not limited to, over spawning entities, using a massive amount of redstone, fast circuits, abusing plugins to slow down processes, and so on.
It is recommended that you be able to turn off all kinds of redstone structures when not in use.
Punishment: temp ban and the device causing the lag will be removed

Killing others is allowed in all forms in PVP-enabled areas.
Pvp is a part of the game and is allowed on the server.
Because it is a part of the game, and you have chosen to play, you should not be complaining about other people making use of a proper feature of the game.
We recommend that you build a secure base, and be careful who you allow in. At the very least, build a secure room that you can hide in while under attack. If you are going out into the world, be careful who you teleport to. Also, be careful of who you allow to teleport to you. Anyone who teleports to you can then teleport others.
Staff should not be receiving complaints that people are being killed. Being killed multiple times is not harassment.
We are not your babysitters, and we are not responsible for protecting you from pvpers!
Punishment: temp mute (for those who complain about pvp)

Do not combat log.

Combat logging is logging out to avoid dying by another player (even when not combat tagged).
Claiming that “I wasn't combat tagged so technically I didn't combat log” is not a valid excuse, as it would still be considered logging out to avoid dying.
This includes, but is not limited to, logging out, switching servers or forms of instant teleportation.
Purposely combat logging could also result in you breaking other rules.
Punishment: temp ban

Do not grief claims.
A general rule to go by is this: Not yours? don't touch it.
In survival, we provide multiple ways to get more claim blocks that are used to protect your land. One of which is that you can purchase more claim blocks from the Mayor NPC found in spawn.
Animals that are inside claims, and inside enclosures, are considered to be the property of the claim owner and killing them will be considered grief. However, killing animals that are in no way contained (wild animals) is not grief.
If someone has trusted you to their land, you are not allowed to destroy it simply because you have been ‘trusted’.

Due to the fact that hunting is a large part of the server, and everyone has the ability to securely claim their base, it is NOT grief if someone is removing blocks in a clear effort to find a way into a claim. It only becomes grief when they start removing huge amounts that are not necessary to determine if they can or can not enter a base.
Making pillars/stairs to get over a wall is also NOT grief if it can be seen that its purpose is to get into someone's base.
Players that are placing/removing blocks in a clear effort to get to a target are not expected to return the area to how it was beforehand.
Punishment: temp ban

Do not steal from claims.
Stealing from claimed chests is unacceptable. Do not betray someone if they have trusted you to their claim.
However, if it is unclaimed then it is free-for-all.
Punishment: temp ban

Do not claim land with malicious intent.
A claim that prevents the expansion of other players claims, or one made without the intention of building there, is considered malicious.
Generally, as a guide, we consider that a claim within 100 blocks of another is preventing expansion. However, 100 blocks is simply a basic guideline and is not to be considered the definite number. If staff deem a claim to be malicious and it is further than 100 blocks, we will still take action.
Building a basic dirt hut (or similar) without living there simply to say that you built there will be considered as exploiting a loophole.
Punishment: temp ban

Do not set homes with malicious intent.
A /home that is in or near another players claim that you are not trusted to is considered malicious, because without trust you have no legitimate reason to have quick access. Homes are not to be used as a quick return to another players base and will be removed when found.
If you have a home outside of a claim that you own, and the home is found to also be near another claim, it will be considered malicious.
For a /home to not be considered malicious, the area it is set in must have a clear purpose for you that we can find when we check. The safest option is to have it set within a claim that you either own or are trusted in.
Making a malicious home, using it, and then removing it before staff get online will not prevent you from being punished. We can and will check logs to see if players are making malicious homes and removing them before staff get online.
Punishment: temp ban

No vulgar builds.
Any builds that may offend or insult others are not allowed.
This includes, but is not limited to, sexually crude builds, penis statues, discriminatory builds, hate builds, swastikas, built out letters with insults/swears, etc.
Punishment: temp ban and removal of build

Do not exploit loopholes in the rules
This rule exists to prevent players from getting away with things by stopping just short of when staff would usually get involved and issue punishments. It also covers those who like to find alternative ways to do things or attempt to claim that they aren't breaking rules because we haven't explicitly stated it wasn't allowed.
If its close enough to the rule continuously while stopping short, then it is covered by this.
If you are able to claim that “Technically I didn't break this rule due to…” then it may still be considered breaking that rule.
Punishment: temp ban

Do not intentionally allow yourself to be killed for any reason
This is considered to be boosting/feeding and will often be referred to as such.
Boosting/feeding is where you are either killing someone repeatedly in order to gain the rewards without putting the effort in to collect it in an intended way, or being killed repeatedly in order to allow the other person to benefit.
It is not okay to pay someone to let you kill them or to receive payment to be killed.
Most commonly used in Kitpvp to get extra sols, and in survival for hunters to get Honor
Using an alt breaks not only this rule but the "Do not use alternate accounts to interact with your other accounts" rule as well.
Punishment: temp ban for all involved and removal of anything gained

No sharing external links
To ensure that the chat remains safe, the only links that are allowed to be posted on the server are ones that are related to New Heaven. This is to make sure that there are no malicious links posted and to protect both the players and the staff.
Punishment: temp mute

Follow the chain of command
Never take your issues straight to Rene (The Owner). Just don't.
There is an entire staff team you NEED to speak to first. Each level of the staff team exists to deal with different types of problems. Every time an issue goes to Rene it wastes his time and prevents him from working on stuff for the server.

If you have an issue, ask a Helper. If they are unable to help then they can contact the rest of the staff and get someone who can. We do not need people contacting staff repeatedly when once is enough. A Helper is more than capable of bringing issues to the attention of higher staff as we have a dedicated place specifically for that.
Do not bother a higher ranked staff if there is a lower-ranked staff member available.
If there aren't any staff online, you can use the forums or discord and a staff member will help you as soon as someone is available. Do not demand that staff answer you immediately, as staff have lives outside the server too and may not be able to help straight away. We all read both the forums and discord regularly, so we will see your request for help. I recommend using the forums as your request won't get lost among other conversations, which is possible on discord.
If you have requested help from a staff member and they have said they will contact someone else, do not go around them and contact the other member of staff yourself. It is disrespectful when you try to bypass the person you went to first after they said they will help.
Punishment: you will probably be ignored by the higher staff if its an issue for the lower ranks