Rawr, everyone! Vanilla World is a great place full of great people, but not everyone gets an opportunity to fully experience that. We've frequently received new players that may not have fully comprehended the rules (or taken the time to read them), and they subsequently get warned, kicked, or banned. But at the end of the day, banning players is the last thing we want to do. VW is successful and enjoyable because of its community, because of the friends and connections we've made. And ultimately, we want to welcome more people to our family. Now, I'll be the first to admit that I've made bans out to be glorious things on global chat. I'm at fault for inadvertently sending the message that bans are what we actually want to see, but that was really just an ongoing joke; a false persona of who I really am. I like to see justice dispensed and obvious trolls removed, but more than anything else, we all just want to see new players log on, follow the rules, and have fun. That said, I'd like to urge everyone to remember our priorities here on VW: We don't want players removed; we want everyone to follow the rules. If someone curses, we don't have to berate them. We don't have to insult them or argue it with them. Instead, we should implore them to read the rules at spawn and remind them that what they're doing isn't allowed. If it persists, then file a report in the Report Players forum with screenshots. I've seen people drifting away from using it lately, and it's a very valuable asset that the staff check very frequently. If someone's breaking a more serious rule like flying or using speed hacks, again, follow the same procedure. Let them know that it's not allowed here, and pass on the information to a staff member so we can follow up and ensure that they chose to respect our rules. I urge you to pass this message on to your non-forum-visiting friends, so we can grow our family of players, instead of driving newcomers away. I apologize for any part I may have played in sending the wrong message, and hope we can change how we handle these matters in the future. Chewing on the wires, --Solidus.