First off, there has been a misinterpretation regarding the "Two Week Rule", mostly involving this quote:
Intelli wrote:This can be found here - http://minerealm.com/community/viewtopi ... 75#p176875BSGSamuel wrote:There is no time limit on the items, they are yours and you will always be entitled to them.Really? I thought it was two weeks. If the current rules say we need to save items for other players forever, that seems silly, and we should change that.
Intelli is correct in the sense that items are not saved forever. However, the two week "rule" is all speculation. I will try to clarify the Staff view of the "Two Week Rule". To start, this rule isn't an official rule nor is it listed in the rules. There are several reasons behind it but seeing as there is a substantial amount of confusion, we will try to clarify the situation. I will make this clear: PLAYERS AREN'T ALLOWED TO HANDLE THIS RULE THEMSELVES.
The "Two Week Rule" was presented to Staff quite awhile back and has been in use for awhile, but the "Two Week Rule" is just the original name suggested, and not reflective of the content of the rule. Two weeks is in no way an official time, nor is it a reason for players to loot plots. The "Two Week Rule" is to allow players who lapse the disband date to collect their items. As I said “Two Weeks” is not the actual time enforced. The time enforced is left up to the Staff member who is handling the situation to ensure that they are able to exercise flexibility depending on the circumstances. This is why we ask players to consult Staff when buying plots and when altering them(this will be changing but we will get to that later). So, the Staff can decide that it can be two days, two weeks, or two months. In the end what it comes down to is "Why are you purchasing the plot?" If a Staff member feels you are there to just loot the items, they will most likely tell you either not to purchase it or ask you to sell it. (In some cases players plots have been forced to disband) The reason we leave it open is because situations vary on a case by case basis, and aren't able to easily be covered by a single monolithic rule.
I know you are asking "But why isn't the rule set in stone and official?" Well, as I said, if we made it official we'd need a set date or procedure to handle all contingencies. "Two Weeks" was just a rough generalization that was a convenient thing to refer to it as. If it was officially set in stone, players would abuse the rule to loot and get by without asking Staff permission. Staff are already aware several players already take advantage of this and do it anyway without Staff consent. If you are caught doing this, you will be punished and I don't just mean banned for looting, I mean severely banned for quite some time.
With this out of the way, I am going to present a new approach to this situation and set a new rule in place regarding such things. It is now Mandatory that players ask Staff permission before buying any plots or modifying anything in those plots that have disbanded or are public with items/buildings on it. Failure to comply can and will result in a ban. To facilitate contacting Staff when they may either not be on or are busy, you will now be asked/required to fill out an application to purchase plots. This will also make it easier for Staff to maintain and keep records of who received permission.
This application can be found here - http://minerealm.com/realm-app
All apps will be reviewed by Staff, and Staff will respond back as soon as possible with the contact method(s) you have chosen in the application. Sending in applications that knowingly contain false information or are jokes can and will result in a ban, so only use it for official inquires. If you have any other questions feel free to speak to Rokkrwolf312 or email [email protected].com
Note: The requirement to contact Staff for permission before purchasing plots will not apply in plots within 500 blocks of spawn (Any plots that have both x and y coordinates under 500 (i.e. (125, 50), (375, 400), etc...). You are allowed to purchase these plots without first seeking permission. However after purchase you should contact Staff for permissions to move items/blocks, and should follow the newly established plot purchase methodology. (If it is just random noob-huts Staff will probably just make the decision in-game and not need to bother with the application.)
To aid in the transition to this new rule method, we are implementing a punishment scheme for people who violate these rules, this will also help the server/people who are still finding out about them. The punishment will be as follows:
First Offense - Warning by Staff and being linked to the thread. May be forced to sell plot.
Second Offense - Banned for several days and will be forced to sell the plot back to server
Third Offense - Banned for several weeks and will be forced to sell the plot to the owner for 1rc
Last Offense - Permaban
(Offenses are subject to change at Staff discretion)
Additionally, I have included an example regarding buying plots just to resell them. I placed them in a spoiler to save room -