Moderating a Game Server Community: Best Practices & Strategies

Minecraft, Rust, and many other game server owners are using best practices and strategies to grow their community.
Minecraft, Rust, and many other game server owners are using best practices and strategies to grow their community. 

In our last blog post, we delved into how to build a game server community. However, a strong community involves more than just gathering players; it's about creating a space where everyone feels secure and respected. Anticipating and preparing for the occasional troublemaker is a key part of this process.

It’s not just about having peace of mind for you and your team; it's about proactively safeguarding the community's well-being.

Instead of merely reacting to incidents, establish a comprehensive system to addressing them. This means going beyond just posting a set of rules on Discord, spawn points, or your game server community's website. It involves creating procedures that your team can follow to handle them fairly and effectively.

Such preparation not only maintains order but also reinforces a sense of trust and safety among all community members!

Developing Appropriate Community Rules

Crafting server rules is a delicate balance between maintaining order and allowing the natural flow of activities in your gaming community. Knowing this, it's essential to understand and know your audience well when establishing rules.

For instance, if you're attempting to appeal to an older community, imposing a total ban on all profanity is likely to see those individuals headed elsewhere. On the other hand, if your goal is to build a family-friendly environment, such a rule could be better. If your community is a discord server, consider adding a discord bot into your server to automate moderation actions. We love Carl-bot, a powerful and featureful discord bot with tons of moderation features like removing spam, bad links, unsafe file formats, and more.

Of course, the bot is more than just a mod bot, but has many other features to enhance your game server community as well, which we go into in-depth in this blog post about how to keep your Minecraft server players engaged and alive.

Reflect on the dynamics of your existing community and how it's developed. Think about the relationships you've built with its members. Remember, the rules that you establish are for their benefit, designed to enhance their experience and ensure that everyone enjoys their time in your community.

Effective Team Training & Management

Creating rules for your server is just the first step; the real challenge lies in their enforcement. It's important to establish rules that your team can realistically uphold. Implementing rules that cannot be enforced not only undermines their credibility but also gives potential troublemakers an edge.

Effective community management relies on ensuring that your moderators and staff are thoroughly familiar with the server's moderator guidelines and the tools available to them.

Consider developing comprehensive internal guides or a wiki, using platforms like Notion or Obsidian (which we, the Berry team, absolutely love!). These tools are excellent for compiling detailed guides and essential information, making them accessible for your team. This way, staff members are better prepared to handle situations independently, rather than relying on higher-level staff who should be focusing on developing the server's contents.

Empowering your moderators with the right knowledge and resources is key to maintaining a balanced but moderated environment.

Handling Regular Troublemakers

Handling frequent troublemakers is both a common and complex challenge in gaming communities, who often tread a fine line and test the limits of player behavior management. Their actions can demotivate development staff and frustrate your moderation team.

Players of this sort often attempt to bait moderator action, and then cry abuse when enforcement action is taken. With these types of players, always remember to handle them with great care. Their whole goal is to stir up trouble with the rest of the community and strain the relationship between regular players and the moderators.

Show restraint with them despite any personal dislike and enforce the server rules equally among all players. Issue warnings, documenting who has been warned, so when the ban possibly arrives, there's a clear and fair rationale behind such decisions.

Fostering a Positive Community Image

Addressing the behavior of particularly challenging players is often a key moment for your community. Taking the time to personally understand why they're acting out can make a real difference.

If they're open to changing their ways, they might still fit into the community. But if their behavior continues to be disruptive, it might be best for them to move on. This approach becomes less important as your community grows larger, but in the early stages, it's vital to make sure you're nurturing a positive and respectful group.

These early days lay the groundwork for your community's reputation and identity, so it's important to build an image that truly reflects what you're creating and who you are as a community.

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