Many games on BYOND have admin/GM/whatever systems that give certain players and the owner power over everyone else in the game. While, I think the owner should have verbs to be able to test things out and whatnot, I personally believe that games that have ban/boot/mute/whatever verbs are poorly programmed games. I know that's a strong statement, and I know it's not entirely true, but for the most part, it is.
I've been on games and will say something... "off color", and the moderators will get mad and say things like "o u cnt say that. i ban u if u say that again". I really feel like if your game has rules that people have to follow, you suck at programming. Yeah, I said it. Cause if your rules are like:
1) Do not spam OOC.
2) Don't kill in safe zones
3) No AFK training
4) No multikeying
5) Don't say offensive things through chat.
I will say it again, you can't program. Why do I throw out such a strong statement? Is it because I mad? Nope. It's because I believe it's true. To tell people not to spam OOC shows that you don't have the knowledge to create an even simple newb spam block system within your game. It's not that hard. If() statements, a variable or two, and the sleep() proc are a few of the basic things you need to make a newb spam block system.
To say "Don't kill in safe zones" is to say that you have no idea how use area. Or even the Enter() proc for that matter. It's as simple as
turf/NOKILL Entered() src.canKill=0.
No AFK Training? This is just too simple to stop. Make it so they CAN'T. You honestly think someone's gonna stand around on your game clicking their mouse 1000 times to gain levels by kicking a dummy?
Obviously, I'm making a point by now. I don't like admin or GM systems. They are pointless. The only reason people use them is so they feel like they have power over all the players. Believe me, I know. This is all coming from a guy who had 40 players on a game, along with 2 other GMs, renamed everyone to offensive, stupid names, killed them, then banned them from the game. Funny thing is, the other owner came on, got pissed unbanned everyone, and had to rename everyone back to their original names xD. I've had some times abusing powers, but the funny thing is, the game had no rules at all. You could do whatever you want.
Basically my main point is, don't tell players that can't do something because you can't program an effective defense to it. Don't ban a player for your ignorance.
What yall think?
-end random rant (just trying to pass time until new laptop gets here :D)-