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What type of punishments and staff discharges are there?
This thread was created has a type of transparency report, so you, the community can put more trust in our leadership and ability to keep Minecortex safe.

Moderation Level Punishment
Verbal Warning

Lowest form of punishment. This is where a staff member tells/orders you to stop whatever it is you're doing and stop causing a problem. This does not go on your record.

Written Warning/Citation
This is where a staff member gives you a warning that does go on record. This is usually given for minor offenses.

Kick (Forcefully Disconnected)
This is an escalated level of the written warning letting the offender know they are close to harsher punishment and that they really need to stop.

Temporary Mute
This is the end result of multiple warnings for chat offenses.

Managerial Level Punishment
Temporary Ban

This is where a staff member gives banishment for a specified amount of time: This is usually given for cheating or 3rd time offenders. Although this is considered Management level punishment: Its on the fence between that and moderation; it can be done by a moderator and is closely supervised by Management. The moderator must provide evidence to a Manager within 24 hours otherwise it will be overturned.

Permanent Mute
This is the lowest level of an managerial level punishment and can be done by senior moderators but is usually decided by Admins. The situation in which we use permanent mutes is rare and unique.

Permanent Ban
This is where somebody has crossed the line and committed a serious violation of the Community Guidelines.

Terms of Service & Ownership Level Punishment
Shadow Ban / Anonymous Ban

This is where we've considered a user's actions serious enough and the user is dangerous enough to secretly remove them from our platforms with no further information provided as to why, how long, or even know they are banned. We do this in an attempt to keep the peace; prevent drama.

This is similar to a blacklist except they can still access most of our platforms, however they can't communicate with any users on any of the Minecortex platforms and is permanently banned from discord. This is the HIGHEST LEVEL of being muted. Users at this level are usually VERY CLOSE to being Blacklisted, aka close to jumping out of the frying pan into the fire.

This is the HIGHEST AND FINAL LEVEL of punishment that Minecortex can deal out. A blacklist is where someone is permanently IP, UUID, and email from ALL of Minecortex's platforms. This is only done in the most extreme situations and can only be enforced by the Ownership Team. The Community Manager can insist/appeal to the Ownership Team to blacklist someone. A blacklist is completely non-negotiable/unappealable and is usually given to those who hurt Minecortex financially, reputationally, or through forms of harassment and terrorism. Person blacklisted is officially and formally notified and trespassed from all Minecortex property rather intellectually/intangible or physical/tangible.

Staff Punishments & Discharges

These are punishments staff can receive for breaking the Community Guidelines and/or the Staff Handbook:
A discharge is a full demotion and removal of ranks/permissions. Removed from the staff team.

Dishonorable Discharge
This is a very serious offense and includes the highest Management Level Punishment or TOS/Ownership Level Punishment. The Leadership Team considers a staff member's actions to be reprehensible, completely outrageous and unacceptable. A staff member has did something very serious and has to be permanently banned or even blacklisted. Things that can warrant this are: 1) Violation of U.S. Law - Committing a class B or A felony on or in relation to our platforms, 2) Leaking private information either about the network or a customer/member, 3) Intentionally creating drama or rumors to ruin reputation of Minecortex, 4) Terrorism/cyber warfare type of attack against Minecortex, its partners, or members. At this point they are considered an enemy of the Minecortex Community and legal action may be taken.

Bad Conduct Discharge
This is where a staff member did something bad but not seriously enough to warrant a blacklist. E.g.: Failure to do things correctly after being trained, disobeying orders, etc. Completely ineligible for benefits

Permission Revoked or Demotion
Staff member is not performing well or has done something to warrant being moved to a lower rank.

A strike is a point against their rank for failing to do something correctly or getting out of line. If a staff member receives 3-5 warnings/strikes/points in less then 2 weeks, they are fully demoted aka discharged.

Verbal Warning
This is where their supervisor corrects them on something or lets them know to stop something before it escalates.

(Not a considered a punishment):

Other Than Honorable Conditions Discharge
This is a unique discharge usually given with a general discharge for when we feel the reasons for resigning/firing are strange or unfavorable toward our administration. They are ineligible for benefits and are usually kicked from certain platforms.

General Discharge
The Leadership Team deems the staff member unfit to be staff. Staff member didn't cause trouble or act up but is not fit to be staff in the eyes of Management. Things that would warrant this: Not being active, Failing training, Too many accidents, Community doesn't like you, etc. They MAY be eligible for staff retirement benefits.

Honorable Discharge
This is what all staff members should shoot for at the end of their career. An honorable discharge is where a staff member respectfully did their job but has to either retire/resign because they feel they can't do the job anymore or irl reasons. Staff member received a good or excellent rating for their service time, by exceeding standards for performance and personal conduct, they will be discharged honorably. Honorably discharged staff receive the "Retired Staff Member" rank along with many retirement benefits. Good recommendations from us will be given to any recruiter if requested. Completely and always eligible for benefits.[/size]
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