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  3. LET ME EXPLAIN... PERSONAL LETTER FROM BARNEY PHIFE

    PERSONAL LETTER RELEASED FROM BARNEY PHIFE ABOUT CURRENT STATE OF THE SERVER. MUST READ.

    #TEAMLAWLESS

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Every month since the start of 2014, I review some fun and strange statistics around our community using a database management system which custom macros. In March, we have broken a huge majority of the previous statistics and today I would like to share them with you for the very first time in the history of Lawless Roleplay.

I strongly advice you to brace yourself as some of these figures are mind blowing and will make you question your existence and purpose in life...

A large majority of these statistics were gained by comparing 30 day old database backups to current live ones. As well as using the live database to get some statistics since we record a lot of things using unix timestamps. We have had no data loss during any of these periods nor have we deleted any data on purpose. I believe there is a degree of error which should ideally be less than 2%. For example, people admin prisoned and then released early, manual statistics overrides - however these are very uncommon and a total of 23 cases of '/setstat' usage was found during March so it's insignificant.

All of the following statistics is ONLY FROM MARCH (which is a bit worrying). I won't spoil it so continue onwards to the land of surprise:

  • There were exactly 847, 470 kills in March
  • Of those 847, 470 deaths - 19, 391 were suicides
  • There were 16, 437 new registrations on the game server in March - 14, 092 of those players have logged in the past 48 hours
  • There were 265 bans issued in March
  • If you combine everyone's playing hours collected in March, we have played a total of 50, 532 hours
  • That value is equivalent to 2105.5 days which is 280.7 weeks which is 70.2 months
  • So we have in total played a total of 5.85 years in March alone
  • During that time, 1561 hours were spent in admin prison which amounts to exactly 65 days
  • In March, there were EXACTLY 5, 932, 290 bullets shot
  • Of those bullets shot - 2, 193, 644 were shot from Shotguns (the largest amount from all weapons, the second was the minigun at 901, 366 bullets)
  • In March, a total of $6, 662, 590 was transferred across players and the server (Server generated money included ie. jobs)
  • However, the net money transfer was -$964, 781
  • There were a total of 13, 178 crimes registered by the LSPD

These figures are quite worrying for me - especially the total playing time in March. I look forward to see what April has planned for us.
In everything we do, whether it's adding new features, fixing bugs or adjusting the server direction and rules, we look at our mission statement. Our mission statement will never change, we will never change course nor will we break our mission statement. We abide by it dearly and we all should hold it with the utmost respect.

We have always been committed to our users by showing them how much we care about perfecting the world our user’s experience. In our journey to make Lawless Roleplay one of the biggest communities, the entire administrative team has been very busy to help foster a new player experience. We have been monitoring community feedback. We are striving for success using your help by placing you in command.

Forum Rules

We have in the past 24 hours:
  • Issued 51 warnings
  • 75% of warnings are for complaint post violations
  • 24% of warnings are for posting OOC in IC forums
  • 1% of warnings are for inappropriate behaviour
Before, our complaint post violations rule targeted people posting in a complaint who wasn't involved. This led to people that were involved starting fights and arguments which were clearly within the rules. Hence, we have alterted this rule.

The new complaint post violation rule states that you can post in any complaint even if you were not involved however the post must aid the complaint moderator in resolving the complaint. Arguments, fights and such forth will be met with a very swift forum warning.

We have also updated our rules page with clear explanations of what rules we enforce:
  • Spam and Links
  • Complaint post Violation
  • Out of character content in an in character forum
  • Non-English posts
  • Advertising
If you spot anyone breaking any of the rules stated on our rules page. Then please use the report link below their post.

It is your responsibility to keep up to date with our operational rules. We really hope that this clears the uncertainty around rules.

You may view the community rules via this link.

EDIT: Breaking any site & forum rules will lead to removal of your moderation powers regardless of your position.

Suggestion forums

In the past, our suggestions required users to vote in a poll to show support or dissatisfaction. This meant that developers had to view every single suggestion one-by-one and compare their poll results individually. This was extremely time consuming. We have changed the system and written a very clear guide on how to post suggestions and how to support them.

Our new suggestions forum requires users to like the first post.

We implement suggestions based on the number of likes the first post has. We don't even open the thread regardless of views or replies so posting '/support' will be regarding as spam. We will also be issuing spam warnings for people who fail to notice this.

If you want to see what kind of suggestions will be accepted and implemented in our future updates then go to the suggestions forum. If you scroll to the bottom of the page:

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Click 'Thread Display Options' and then select sort by 'First message likes' and press Set Options:
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Regards,
Community Management​
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Mission Statement

Our mission statement to you...
Lawless Roleplay is, and always, will be a community first and a game server second. We are dedicated to fostering an environment with a member-centric approach where all players have equal potential for in game success and community recognition.

Why play here?
Lawless Roleplay was originally founded on the principle that all players should rise or decline based on the actions of the person behind the player. We feel that success should be determined by a players actions and talents and not the whim of an administrative team. We have great code. We have great staff. We have great players. But most importantly we have a vigilant regard for your potential.

Is this a roleplay server?
We have worked to provide many in game tools for roleplay and it is absolutely encouraged however not required. We feel that any preferred mode of play that does not encroach on any other player’s enjoyment of the game is productive. Due to the harsh nature of game mode frequent player versus player violent interaction should be expected. However, this does not mean that players are allowed to kill other players for no reason.

This mission statement will never be altered, modified, deleted or removed. We are bound to this mission statement for life.
Written by Violent Dave for Lawless Roleplay
Update! Forums updated!
Hey guys, just a quick alert to let you know that the forums were just updated to the latest version of Xenforo. Along with that, we have installed several new systems and plugins to help us tackle fake account users. We have also increased administration login systems to be two layers. This will assure us that in the future nobody will gain access to sensitive material unless they, themselves, go bananas.

EDIT: This was initially meant to be used for admins only however we have opened it up to all. You can set up a two-step login process onto Lawless Roleplay. This will make your account secure and will not let anyone access your accounts without explicit permission from you.
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Forum, rules and other cool updates!


Comrades of the seventh fleet,

We're very sorry about the momentary downtime whilst we upgraded our forums, plugins and theme. I do recognise that we had this decision and downtime before on Sunday before a rogue admin went ape shit. We must learn from our mistakes, improve, recover and move on. As Martin Luther King said, 'I have decided to stick to love...Hate is too great a burden to bear.' and so that is what we have decided as the community's management. Throughout life people will make you mad, disrespect you and treat you bad. Let the powers above deal with the things they do, cause hate in our hearts will consume us.

Anyway, without further ado... following Wesson's topic.

We have upgraded the forum's software, plugins and theme to the latest version:

On top of that, we have completely changed the style and layout of our forums. The forum style is now FULLY responsive which means that you can view the site on any device and it will look like it was specifically made for that device. We have divided the forum layout into easily recognisable categories:
  • Server Information
  • Support
  • In character
  • Out of character
We've also added non-English speaking forums, more languages will soon be supported as we hire more international administrators who can moderate those sections.

Rules


We have been working extremely hard on the rules page to make it very clear to everyone. One of the biggest complaints from players where that the rules were not clear enough. The new rules page shows all our OFFICIAL rules that are enforced by server admins. Any other rules note stated in the rules page simply do not exist. If you are unsure about a rule then send any member of management a personal message and we will clarify it in our brand new rule update section.

The rule update section will clarify any issues players are having with rules, notify you when there are new rules or alterations to existing rules.

Kind regards,
Community Management
Dear outlaws,

As you have probably noticed, our forums went down for less than an hour. But as you know, it's LAWLESS and we will fight until the bitter end, no one, nothing can stop us from becoming the biggest English speaking SA:MP community.

We have been stabbed in the back by an unloyal dog who we trusted too fast, by the time we realized what we were doing the dog had already bitten us.

Unfortunatly the dog had deleted all our important files and database. We spent over a week to update the forums for you guys, that time is now considered as wasted. However, we're back and we're back better than ever.

But don't be afraid, after a quick call to our host we managed to get back all our files, unfortunately parts of the update was lost. But with your help I believe we can grow again, it's time to pick your weapons, and show the world what we are made of.

This is OUR community, this is for you... the players.

Regards,
The community...
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We are 4 months in to the new year, it’s spring, and the snow is melting (for those who live with the penguins like me). And just like the birds and the bees, we, the staff, like to see the flowers bloom and devote changes and colour to the new year. Therefore, we’ve decided to bring a few changes of our own to the new year.. On the forums.

With the new changes we wish to make it easier for the players to navigate the forums. This means we’ve gathered all the different sections into specific categories. This also allows the staff to moderate every section more efficiently, which is also why we have decided to make moderation groups for some of the categories.

Changelog:

· In character - category divided in to 6 different nodes for both factions and normal players. The faction nodes will be moderated by the factions.

· Out of character - category for requests (i.e administrative, donation, refund divided in to seperate nodes), ban appeals, bug reports, and player complaints.

· Report a crime form - featured in the factions section (yet to be released..)

· Other A category featuring the old general discussion nodes. Off-topic section for forum games etc.

· Other Games - Currently GTA V and League of Legends.
NB! We’ve got bigger plans for this section...

· Non-English Forums (Arabic, Dutch, Filipino.) Only frequently spoken languages will be added to this category.

Enhanced moderation system
As mentioned above, it has been decided to make seperate moderation groups for the different categories. This is to make sure the different sections are being used correctly, and to make it easier for the staff to enforce the forum rules. The forum will from now on be moderated with the following moderation groups:

· IC forum moderators (http://lawlessrp.com/categories/in-character.501/)
· General discussion moderators (http://lawlessrp.com/categories/other.15/)
· Game category moderators (http://lawlessrp.com/categories/other-games.84/)


Summer is soon here, and so is lawless' one year anniversary. Stay tuned!