Recently a vast majority of our staff have ceased appearing on the server. This means that we will need more staff. This has made some of our younger members begin to wonder if the helper rank will be brought back. Before I continue, I will share with you the reason it was removed in the first place:
Helper was an absolute disaster. Towny override was abused constantly, as was /tpo, and nobody was mature enough to handle it. The Helper ranking is considered to be the worst thing that ever happened to the server. It was expected that helpers would basically act the same way a moderator would, but instead we got a bunch of power-hungry youngsters with access to admin-level commands. I’m not saying we’ve never had a good helper, I’m simply stating that the bad helpers needed to go and that they took the rank with it. Helper was intended to be removed long before the whole cake duplicating issue and had nothing to do with the last 3 helpers.
Now, for the actual purpose of this post: Helper will not be returning and there are no future plans to bring it back anytime ever. The history behind it is just too much and we don’t want to risk anything bad happening again. Below, I’ve answered a few concerns you may have.
But I’m really mature for my age!
You might be, and so was every helper we had before. The main issue is that all the previous helpers were too confrontational and caused many players to leave the server, regardless if they had actually done anything wrong. It’s natural and unavoidable. When you get to about 18, you tend to lose the confrontational attitude (oh hey, when you’re 18 you can apply for mod, how about that!).
But you won’t even give me a chance!
Trust me, we don’t need to give anyone a chance to know it won’t work out.
But you said you need more staff!
That’s true, and with the upcoming update to 1.7 we’ll get a whole slew of new players to choose from.
So you wouldn’t bring it back even if you found someone perfect for it?
I honestly don’t want to answer that, so I’ll just say that in the entire 3 year history of the server only once have we found a helper who was worthy of the rank. And he was made a moderator. This simply just doesn’t happen and the fact that it did is even more ridiculous than words can describe.
Does it bother you when we ask if Helper will be coming back?
I’d ban people for it if it were a valid reason. In fact, after it got removed, that question came up so often the active staff and I stopped playing Minecraft for a week. It gets annoying really fast.
It’s okay, you didn’t mean any harm.