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The Truth About Aloha So Aloha has obviously been dying, BnS is dead now too. Do you want to know why this happened? Well with facts that I have gathered from disgruntled staff, BK's, and my former experience as staff, I will let you know what I know. Before I say this, I feel really bad for Izzy as he has tried so hard to keep this forum up and running. I also feel really bad for good staff members, such as MuffinTastic, Nathan, Israellee, FalleN, FerrrariFlunker, Pun, Chase, BR and Froelich131. I feel bad for all the staff who have tried to help these forums get better and failed. I may have forgotten some of you but you haven't gone unnoticed.

Firstly, we haven't bothered to expand to any other games. That's one of the reasons that this forum is dying, but there's better ones yet. How does this affect aloha? Simple. Lack of new players being thrown into the mix of things, and just waiting for people to stumble upon the game and these forums. We never were aggressive with the other games that we went into and expanded into, and the support for the games dropped like flies since it wasn't Ace of Spades.

Secondly, the staff of this website is broken, and in some cases corrupt. I can affirm from being a staff member that there are people who cause issues who are still staff since they're considered "Veterans". Basically nobody gets a fresh scope, which is why Guards are always getting beat up, even if an older staff member does the exact same thing. Also, there are instances where the staff would go out and call up inactive staff to trash applications for Trusted and Guard. I personally witnessed trashing of Trusted applications, and I was told by multiple admins, AND 2 BK'S, that staff applications suffer the same problems, especially guard ones. You know how they filibuster stuff in the government?  They basically do that and gather inactive staff who don't care for Aloha to vote on the application, often drawing upon age old issues that are no longer concurrent with whats happening now. Also, they don't look at your trusted applications at all if they don't know you. Yeah. There are literally hundreds of people who needed trusted who lost it because the staff "Didn't know them". There are also cases where staff members will purposely go after someone they don't like, and argue with you to make you look like an asshole so they can trash your application. Unrelated, but a good portion of the staff belong to the same clan and friend group.

Oh and how do I know that there are staff who actively cooperate to trash Guard apps? Easy! There are BKs and admins who told me my entire application word for word and post by post. Getting someone to vote on an application is necessary sometimes, but some people completely trash applications because of personal vendettas. It's happened to more than one person too, especially in trusted apps.

The rules of this website are nonexistant. Flaming, flame baiting, and many other things happen. Additionally, people do not get banned for the mentioned things on the forums. The last time there was a forum ban, I don't even remember. The rules for the game are even worse. The forums have adopted a forgive all policy, as long as they're (the hacker) honest. There was someone with NO LESS THAN SEVEN BAN APPEALS who was playing the game. They got banned, came here to appeal, and went on their merry way. The lack of rules has chased off a lot of staff and players alike. In addition to this, there are some "Veteran" staff who are often above the rules, and actively go out to troll people with their friends. The staff is in dire need of a massive overhaul, and allows inactive staff who become active again for 1 day to vote on the applications of people who need to hear back.

Also here's what it's like being a guard. You will be abused, and I know the situation hasn't gotten better, because I have access to the guard ban reports still. There are currently over 300 guard bans which haven't been answered. Here's what being a guard means, in a nutshell:

- You will be used in place of admins, who will not look at your reports unless you spam the IRC, and then they get mad at you for being ambitious
- You have literally no power over hackers who ban evade. Good luck!
- You will be tested to the extreme when someone doesn't like you. Prepare to be trolled to the max, and prepare to deal with instances of stupid votekicks.
- You will not go up because to go up you need to devote all 24 hours a day 7 days a week to catching hackers to even have a hope of advancing, since the staff, even the inactive staff, are considered staff until retired.
- No matter if you do something another admin does, even for fun or to joke with a friend like they sometimes do, you're wrong
- You have a better chance of getting an abuse report answered.
- They don't care about what happens to you in reality.

Typically a guard then comes under fire for not wanting to ban anyone, and if they don't pick it up, posting useless reports that don't get looked at, they get dismissed. There are staff members who try so hard to do these but even the most adamant and truly helpful staff members can't do anything about it because there are so many reports. The higher staff has started to stop caring.

Well, here you go, this is basically everything I said, simplified:
1: The staff have in the past, and from what I understand, still are turning on each other and arguing. I have access to the Aloha staff channel but I don't bother going in there again
2: Major breaches of the admin rules, committed by several staff members, unfortunately, the bulk of who are Komrades.
3: Rigging apps, people to fail, and calling in the inactive staff to trash applications.
4: Lack of rules on the forums
5: Lack of banning people like we used to
6: Guards are the equivalent of a terminal lance, but even worse. At one point I had 50 unanswered reports in the MW list.
7: Continuing that above pointer, guards are viewed as expendable and nobody wants to review their reports.
8: Continuing with pointer 3, there are staff who are veterans who cause issues and have been called out for it, yet nothing happens because of favoritism
9: The Moderators and Admins aren't doing what they need to anymore, just ask anyone on CSMaps, the Guards can't keep up with it
10: There are admins who are trying their best and nobody else wants to help them
11: The second biggest pointer, we won't expand to other games with any sort of backbone. We tried Minecraft, Terraria and more, and yet they all failed because lack of administrative support.

Oh and the biggest pointer. Several somewhat pissed off staff members who helped me build that, including BK's. That's right. MULTIPLE BK's. The good staff is very frustrated with this website and what it's become, and because of how the staff operates, Izzy cannot do much about it without overhauling everything, and going against what he originally said. Oh also, I can't get banned and this post cannot be deleted as it is not against the rules. This isn't a leak or a hack of information either, as I have been included in the Staff document with editing rights since 2013, and while I mentioned it, nobody took the editing rights away from me either. I did not use names, I did not talk about certian people. I have a right to speak the truth here.

As for any arguments against this, your opinion does not matter. That's a very harsh thing to say, but everything I said above here are facts. Well except for one thing, I get that some of us run "Grandma Rigs" but I'm running an i7 and GTX 1060 and I will still play AoS in addition to other games. As for any Moderator or above staff who might reply "Where is the proof", I don't have to supply it because you either have access to it or you know how well this operates. To the guards, and good staff, I'm sorry. You guys are so hard working and you try so hard. If someone asks what there is to fix this, I've already said it multiple times. Just remember, if this topic gets deleted or I get banned, or both, it's because there should be some extremely embarassed staff members. I've had my faults, I've been a bad person in the past, I've done stupid things but the one right thing that I do I do not want to go unnoticed.

February 18, 2017, 08:23:31 AM HST
Re: We need to get Build and Shoot/Openspades back on the map dont worry guys i have all the fame we need

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May 15, 2017, 03:42:22 PM HST
Re: Expanding into new frontiers (Games) I put too much effort into it already, but there is slow expansion to other games happening. The problem? A lot of people here don't have good computers. I've said it before, I have a very nice graphics card and I still play AoS on the rare occasion. However, some people in this community don't really have anything but AoS to play because their computers aren't good enough to play anything but AoS. This is also an international community and there are some people who may not even be able to get the parts to upgrade or build a better PC because of price gouging. I really think that the real reason that Aloha don't want to expand is because there are enough people playing AoS with a decent computer, and the first chance they get at a better game hosted by Aloha, they might just up and forget about it. That's a non-existent problem, plenty of people still play AoS and this is one of the AoS high points right now that we are rolling into.

Let's talk about the Minecraft server, when it was well, functioning correctly. I'd like to say everyone who played it with frequency played AoS a lot less, like almost 70% less of the time. Including the MC server head admin. There are some users who ONLY used the Minecraft server too, and when asked if they wanted to play AoS they basically said  "Fuck no". During that time a lot of newer people showed up in the community and got some time to shine since some of the players on the MC server were very good AoS players, such as: Monduu, asianguy, Torch, Punchdance, FerrariFlunker, TwoDayUDie, israellee, Chappy, Techno and Lone_Wolf. I really thought that it brought more variety to the community. Expansion was a good thing, and it sucks that the MC server got really slow and miserable. What really killed it was a charged creeper farm that someone built. We had almost 10 fully functioning mob farms, I personally had one myself, but when the charged creeper farm was erected by one of the players, almost like, 1k creepers hung around never de-spawning. The server is still there but it is ridiculously laggy.

May 16, 2017, 05:57:48 AM HST
Re: Expanding into new frontiers (Games) If we do the minecraft server again we just need to start over with a clean, updated world. The old file is a lag generating graveyard. It's summer so it's the minecraft season.
May 16, 2017, 06:46:49 AM HST
Re: We need to get Build and Shoot/Openspades back on the map
We should have an OS/BNS competitive (not really) tournament on an Aloha.pk server to gain a little attention. I say we post some videos promoting it, as well as people actually getting players to film their own perspective and posting it on YouTube or other sites. That would be really cool. We can get enough teams to have a proper bracket (4,8,16, etc.) of a certain number of people and just keep going until we have a team that wins it all. Sort of like the World Cup. But, I do not know what game mode we should play, the amount of players per team, or the actual game mode. To create teams, I  just think we have a team leader invite players or something like that. Last thing, I think it should be in the summer season (Northern Hemisphere) and it should be more than one day, so that way it isn't rushed. So, what do you guys think? If you guys think it's at least a good idea, then just tell me and we could possibly start a sub-thread for it. Of course, this would need some cooperation, and some extensive planning. But I could only imagine how fun it would be and how many people this could attract with the proper advertisement.
That's honestly an awesome idea. I think the game should be on walls because it is probably the most iconic map of OS/BnS but that my be hard to put all of the teams together and the game would take too long without many players. So, the game should probably be a Counterstrike series or a TDM series to or a game of intel but on a smaller map.

May 20, 2017, 12:54:09 PM HST
Re: Realm of the Mad God great game but riddled with hackers :(
i stopped playing bc half of all players use hacked client

May 26, 2017, 05:45:50 PM HST
Server Interest?New Map? If you have any interest in the Crew and Friends server returning to aloha then post here, even if you'd only play a few hours a week.

Historically this is what the server has been like http://aloha.pk/index.php?topic=1126.0

Pranks weren't totally off the table. It really depends on the prank and how well you know the person but the general rule was not to be a dick about it.

Teleporting was added but severely limited. One diamond would get you 5 teleports when sold while 2 lapis blocks would get you 1 teleport. If people wanted to take away teleporting all together I wouldn't care. It makes the game really easy if you know how to get diamonds the fast way. I like the idea of keeping the server closer to vanilla than adding in a bunch of plugins that make take away from whatever difficulty Microsoft hasn't ruined. We have backpacks and Elytra now so I don't see a lot of benefit in teleporting. What do you think?

The map that was being used is old. Hundreds of people spent countless hours of time exploring and building over the course of years. It's come to the point where the map file is obscenely huge and causes problems. We can keep the old map, if that's what people want. I am of the opinion that a new map after so many updates and so much time is a good idea to boost interest and manage lag. What do you think?

June 06, 2017, 06:08:53 AM HST
Re: Server Interest?New Map? Froelich has expressed he does not want to be running a server again. He'd rather enjoy himself. Scipio has been gone for ages, and never did much on the MC server anyways, so that takes care of that option too. It would need to be under new management, and the number of capable people who actually have the time to do that is small. Israellee and Shy can only do so much by themselves, and shy is the one who has the bare basic programming experience needed for MC. The reason the staff doesn't expand past AoS here has been mentioned enough times: there aren't enough people interested in moderating and monitoring something that isn't AoS, because AoS is the #1 focus of this forum.
June 06, 2017, 02:47:09 PM HST
Re: We need to get Build and Shoot/Openspades back on the map I feel like my initial thought of "Ramadan Bombathon" would have gone down poorly. The closest holiday I could see most people being around to participate in would be Halloween. It would probably be a good idea to make a new thread for it, though.
June 09, 2017, 08:22:59 AM HST
Re: Sentimental Games
June 24, 2017, 08:16:39 AM HST