This is going to come of as a bit preachy but bear with me please.
I had an admin jump me twice on one server for violating "comfort RP" rules and calling it server policy. The first was as a botanist, for wearing a pumpkin. The second was as a CE for wearing my hardsuit.
Engineering is usually radiated from the singlo, so hardsuits are pretty much required down there. A botanists pumpkin hat is kind of a tradition thing in this game. This admin however, did not care for either, and ultimately told me "obey or leave", so I left.
Aother round I was on a different server, everyone except me and an assistant were SSD and the station had no power. I was a shaft miner, so I took the starving assistant to the mining base for some hot donk. With no power, the vending machines were useless. Even the ones on the mining base were useless without the accounts server. So we had to raid the station for food.
At this point, starving and with little option but to sit in a cold and dark station for either an 8 hour shift or until someone with higher access logged on, I started to get a bit annoyed. We had no access to get power up or call the shuttle, or even unlock the food lockers in the kitchen. I found the unconscious HOP and went for his card...
(Admin) Taking things off SSD players violates server policy. I am giving you one warning on this. Put it back and leave the room.
O...kay... Fine, I'll leave the SSD players alone. I broke into the captains quarters and grabbed the spare ID and got power back up. By that time other players had logged in. When the round ended I explained what had happened, and got told taking the captains spare ID is also against server rules, dont do it. Someone else argued on my behalf that it was the SPARE ID, that I hadnt gone after an SSD player to get it, and got told the rule still applies. I said "Hey rules lawyers, here's a better question. Did my actions cause harm? Or did they keep things moving?". I was honestly expecting a kickban at this point, but amazingly enough the admin agreed with me.
Look, forget SS13 for a moment. I've got years of RP under my belt both in front of a keyboard and around a tabletop. The job of a GM/admin/mod/whatever is not to enforce the rules. Their job is to keep the game flowing and fun for their players. The rules are a good tool for this, but you also need to know when to set them aside when they get in the way of dealing with problems. Problems, in this case, is anything that negatively impacts enjoyment for the players. A game is first and foremost, about fun.
If someone is skirting just inside the rules but causing problems, its still a problem that needs to be dealt with. If someone is bending or outright breaking the rules, in such a way that either avoids or fixes a problem, (for instance my shaft miner should not have known how to start the singlo, but did because I was the only one on at that point) dont beat them down with the rulebook, praise their creativity and thank them for keeping things moving. Think of the rulebook as the pirates code. Guidelines, nothing more.
And remember, a badmin will run off a servers playerbase quicker than ten griefers could ever dream of. Keep it real, keep it fun.
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