Today, we are introducing some rank changes that have been in discussion for a while. We're making these changes to help create a more welcoming and friendly environment for our players. Right now, we have an [Operator] rank and a [Moderator] rank, both of which act as staff members on our server. There's long been a sense of confusion about which ranks are supposed to take which roles on the server, so we're looking to clarify that with the following changes. To start with, we are merging the [Operator] rank with the [Moderator] rank, which means you will no longer see the [Operator] rank in-game. R.I.P. [Grief Watch]/[Operator] 2013-2016 Next, we are introducing a rank called [Helper]. This rank is a non-staff rank that players can volunteer for. Players with the [Helper] rank will be active community managers- err, community supporters that will have access to a variety of commands such as /mob, /boss, /region, and others which will enable them to help others without acting in any official staff capacity. All server operations such as grief management and player moderating will be handled by [Moderators] and above. Here are some Frequently Asked Questions that haven't actually been asked and are being made up on the spot: Why is this change being made? The Operator and Moderator ranks were nearly identical in function, leading to confusion about the purpose of each rank and which roles they played on the server. This change will allow us to have one clearly defined "normal" staff rank (Moderator) and one clearly defined "volunteer" rank (Helper) for players. What will happen to current Operators? Current Operators will be demoted to Helpers once this change takes place. Operators will be given a chance to apply for Moderator before this change happens. When will this change take place? The Operator rank will be permanently removed in approximately two weeks. Current Operators that wish to remain staff will need to complete their Moderator application within this time. Moderator Application?!? That's not a real question. What do you mean by Moderator application? Since we will no longer have a group of pseudo-staff (Operators) to promote directly, we will be opening up Moderator applications once again. However, all Moderator applications will be done in a private section of the forum and will be decided on by the current staff members. How does one get the Helper rank? To get the [Helper] rank, players may submit an "application" on the forum (similar to our current Operator application). However, there will not be a poll on the application. The community will be able to comment on Helper applications, but as with Moderator applications, only the staff will decide on whether or not to approve new Helpers. TL;DR: We're removing Operator rank. We're replacing it with a [Helper] rank that is not staff and is designed to be active and support the community from within. Players can apply for [Helper] on the forum, and Helpers will be able to apply for [Moderator].