man i quit using the forums for a hot minute here due to how few quality discussions like this are brought up and once im done with this post or any real replies i get ill go right on back to shitposting and being literally anywhere else. mad props to OP though for reviving this sort of thing. good on you man
I will speak my mind here for a sec because frankly if we're all about transparency here I have almost no faith in the staff as it is now. I keep an open mind about it, they arent all bad, at least not all the time. I will cut them some slack since they are a private server, and as far as those go its solid, but absolutely not without its fair share of flaws, and man are they numerous. They add a few really solid updates here and there, but at the end of the day they simply are not much different from official servers, no matter how much they believe themselves to be, at least in terms of how so many people used to shit on them. They have become the opposite of what they originally sought to become; a community driven private server. They got the private part down and man are they secretive. keeping with the theme i assume? At least NA and KR have a level of professionalism and some consistency, both things void severely lacks, and could use in spades.
I in no way want to see the server flop, quite the opposite. But its literally gotten to the point where we all just expect it to fuck up in some way or another because unfortunately thats just the way its always been. I pretty much always want to give them the benefit of the doubt, but its becoming less and less doable over the years. I have been here since day one and I can count on about one hand the amount of staff ive seen here on void whom i can say legitimately qualify as decent. All the fired and/or retired members over the years is kinda silly. about 80% or more of all the staff we have ever had are either gone because of personal reasons, got fired for inactivity or other specific reasons, and then we have the ones worth their salt who simply got tired of dealing with the headache and called it quits. As if that weren't bad enough, with a couple exceptions (GS Ark) their going away thread usually entails something like "im bored of the game, stop being harsh on the staff, you dont know them like I do, they're really nice people" Well im sorry to say it simply isnt true, and on the off chance it is they give us very little reason to believe it. The small tidbits we do know about them as people is not positive, and in no way betters the community as a whole. If anything it only ever tends to divide the staff and players more.
Even when they choose to come out of their little hole to answer a question or two they tend to dodge the real issue and fail to see the bigger picture. Whether or not they're allowed to say certain things remains to be seen but therein lies one of the biggest issues the community tends to have with them; they dont give us clear answers and even the upper staff never say anything of substance unless its a big update, plans of one, or just "sorry no ETA check in 4 months from now for the same damn answer". I get it. yall got shit to do and it keeps you very busy, but at the bear minimum you need to interact with the players more than you do, because a silly EC event every 2 months that clogs the megas and doesnt draw much attention (at least not positive) isnt interaction. We need transparency, we need a community manager that actually does whats in the name and not just lazing about for free EC. We need more dedicated and active staff, we need people who know whats up in the community as part of the staff, knowing how the game works, what needs to be done, and if i were to list all of that id literally be here all day and quite frankly I would rather drown than go through all of the issues the server has in one post.
We have almost no real staff interaction and the slight bits we do get add up to almost nothing significant. Anytime a yearly (often times sooner) staff hiring spree inevitably rolls around because the last mods got tired of this shit, some genuinely great potential members pop up and none of them get picked. As far as we know the staff hiring process boils down to "who is going to suck the most staff dick and question our bullshit the least" And what do you know? Lo and behold its always some chump nobody knows, nobody recognizes, and always ends up quitting eventually. If they wont hire people who know their shit, why hire anyone at all? Serious question to all of the staff, I want to know what goes through your minds when you pick people for mod or GS or whatever you want to start calling it. You have unnecessary confidentiality up the ass and the we the players suffer for it. Because you either dont care, or dont have a good enough reason to make up once you read this.
And speaking of bad reasons being made up, let me just talk about how atrocious and unfair the ban appeal process is most of the time. The amount of players who stay banned after a false reason is absurdly high. We dont need to check the logs because clearly you guys are far too lazy to actually do any real work when it comes to investigating wrongfully banned players. At the end of the day, id wager a lot of it has to do with the false bans being issued to players you disagree with. Ones that question the integrity of the staff, try to fix your messes, rally the people. All things you are incapable of doing yourselves because almost every single one of you is so wildly out of touch with the playerbase it leads to discussions like this having to come up in the first place.
rant over, have a good day void, and as a final note regarding the staff; listen to us! We arent your enemy even though you seem to be deadset on silencing most of the people who go against the grind. It really doesnt have to be this way and im sure if you guys would just dedicate more time talking to us, it wouldnt have to have been this ridiculous in the first place. Please dont blow this off and act like nothing is wrong. Most of us know better.