Our community would not be the same without our hard working moderators. We wanted to take the time to point out one who is doing an exceptional job — JacobCrofts. He is always active in game, helpful on the forums, and he goes through the hacker reports frequently.
We asked him a few questions about his time here at MCPVP and being a moderator.
1) When did you start playing MCPVP and when did you become a moderator?
I first started playing MCPVP in May 2012, after my friend condronk read about the HG server on Reddit and asked if I wanted to try it out. I spent most of my first game fishing in a small pond under a hill, but managed to take second place! I played HG with my friends all summer long, and became a forum moderator in the fall. I was first offered an in-game staff rank in January 2013.
2) What is your favorite server to hang out on and play?
I cycle through “favorite servers” whenever I play the same thing for too long. My original favorite server was HG, which I played (and eventually moderated) almost daily for over a year, but I soon became really attached to Smash and started playing that more competitively than I ever played HG. After Smash was removed, I started playing CTF first as Medic and Assassin, but now primarily as Mage.
The best places to hang out are probably KitPvP and Raid, since people can chat in the safety of the spawn area. KitPvP is also the easiest place to build obstacle courses, PvP arenas, and to host other fun events, since it uses the WorldEdit plugin.
3) What’s the max number of hackers you can remember banning in a day?
I banned 94 hackers in a single, 24-hour period a few days after I was promoted to primary moderator. Around half of the players I banned were xraying or flying on Raid, and the rest came primarily from KitPvP. This was during mid-August, however, when I wasn’t busy with school. I doubt I could pull that off during the academic year!
4) What’s your favorite part about being a moderator?
When I first became a moderator, banning hackers was more fun than anything else. It’s satisfying to be able to jump on a HG server and save somebody’s game unexpectedly. My services as an in-game moderator were more important during my first few months as a moderator than they are now, since we have more active moderators and fewer hackers. Back in early 2013, I could join any full HG server and expect to ban 2-4 people over the course of the game, but now I only encounter a hacker every second or third game on average. KitPvP gets tons of hacker traffic, as always, but there are only a handful of kit servers and plenty of active moderators and hacker reporters so it’s fairly easy to keep the hackers in check on there.
My favorite part of being a moderator now is the flexibility of the position. Since I have no formal obligations, I have a lot of room to be creative; that is, I can help wherever I believe I am needed the most. My primary MCPVP-related goal at the moment is to train players who are interested in becoming trial mods. The first step in this process was the creation of the HRC, which is a Skype-based organization of over one hundred players which gives people the ability to report online hackers directly to MCPVP moderators. In the coming months, I hope to establish a more effective training program for people who, like me when I first joined the MCPVP staff, have no experience in spotting hackers.
5) Do you have any tips for those applying for a moderator position?
WiKi_KiKi has already covered this topic very nicely from an admin’s perspective here: http://www.minecraftpvp.com/news/4-tips-on-becoming-a-moderator, but I’ll add a few thoughts of my own.
Since I was the person who first started formally making note of how many hacker reports each player was making, and how consistently accurate the reports were, I’m concerned that I have given some people the wrong idea about what we expect from qualified moderator applicants. Reporting hundreds of hackers is really good for the servers, but it’s not the only thing that matters, nor is it the only way for people to get noticed.
Ironically, when I was first offered mod, I had a grand total of two successful hacker reports. I had never used a hacked client myself, and knew very little about the responsibilities of the MCPVP staff. It took a while for me to figure these things out, but in the end my success had nothing to do with how many hacker reports I had uploaded onto my YouTube channel.
Qualifications such as leadership experience and “people-skills” are a lot more important than most applicants realize. We pay careful attention to the way you communicate with other people in-game, on the forums, and over Skype. Qualified moderators should show us that they can respond to immaturity with maturity, and to nonsense with sense. They should be both honest and cooperative. I was particularly impressed on several different occasions when ordinary players respectfully and intelligently pointed out problems with the way MCPVP is moderated, or even with how I personally manage things, and helped me to become a better moderator as a result.
Naturally, it’s really hard to be noticed if you never talk to us. A lot of people seem frightened to talk to MCPVP mods and admins on Skype especially, or seem excessively formal when they address us, and I’m not entirely sure why that is. If we don’t know anything about you, it’s unlikely that we’ll be willing to trust you with a staff position. So don’t be afraid to chat – we don’t bite, I promise!
We’d like to say a big thank you to JacobCrofts and all our moderators. We appreciate the time and hard work you put into our servers.