These rules apply both on the server and off. This means that you must still follow the chat rules in outside sources such as IRC and other discussion areas. It is up to the discretion of staff members how strictly a rule will be enforced or how large of a punishment will be given. Trying to find loopholes in these rules and bypassing them with excuses is strictly forbidden. If you are unsure about any of these rules, ask a staff member for further clarification either in-game or in IRC.
- Griefing is not allowed, which means you may not destroy any block placed by another player.
- Spamming blocks is not allowed, meaning you cannot place large amounts of blocks randomly. This also includes destroying blocks randomly, either from builds or the ground.
- Destroy pillars after use. Using the live map to find and view areas is suggested, instead of using pillars.
- Tunnels may not be created in the creative worlds.
- In creative worlds, pixel art, sprites, and other one-dimensional creations may only be built on walls. The ground does not count as a wall, and they may not be built horizontally either.
- In crowded areas such as cities, any blocks you place must be at least three spaces away from blocks placed by other players, including water and lava. In wilderness areas where there is more room, your build should be at least 20 blocks away from other builds. These are minimums and having more space between builds is preferred.
- Offensive or explicit builds and symbols are not allowed under any circumstance. Upon breaking this rule, players will be demoted to Spectator.
- In creative worlds, minecart tracks may only be built inside or closely surrounding another build that is yours.
- Redstone creations in creative worlds may only be built as part of another build that is yours. They may not stay activated while no one is using them.
- Stealing is not allowed, even if the items are unprotected or in an unclaimed area.
- Bypassing protections, such as private doors and walls, without griefing, is allowed, but frowned upon. It is respectful to leave people alone when they do not want anyone bothering them.
- Explicit skins and skins that may be offensive are not allowed and they must be changed before playing. Fully transparent skins are also not allowed, as some mods enable transparency in skins which would render you invisible. Failure to change explicit or offensive skins will result in a ban.
- Mods that give you an unfair advantage over other players are not allowed. These include mods that help you find ores, find players or entities, and build or kill more easily than other players.
- Claimed areas may only be as big as what is being built in them and may not stay unoccupied for more than one or two days.
- In server-protected areas such as cities, you may only have one plot. Do not ask for more than one plot.
- Bugs in server software, plugins, or Minecraft itself may not be exploited, even if they are not in the rules specifically. These include, but are not limited to, duplication and other illegitimate item obtainment methods.
- Bothering, harassing, or trolling other members is not allowed. If they ask you to leave from an area they own, you must do so.
- Talking in alternating caps (eg: AlTeRnAtIoN oF cApS) is visually annoying and looks bad, do not do it.
- Talking in all capitals (eg: ALL CAPITALS) is not allowed, even though the caps lock filter will automatically convert the words to lowercase.
- Servers may not be advertised or shared at all, even in private messages.
- Racist, offensive, trolling, or inappropriate messages are not allowed.
- Swearing is not allowed, and chat must stay at a PG-13 level, even if the words are changed by a filter. Fake swearing and excessive usage of filter replacement words is not okay.
- Bypassing the filter in any way is not allowed. This includes using slang, shortened words, and commands.
- Do not repeat letters in words excessively, and do not send the same message more than once every five to ten minutes.
- Asking for promotions will only decrease your chances of getting one. Repeatedly asking a staff member to look at a build also counts towards this, even if you do not mention a promotion.
- Bothering, harassing, testing, or trolling staff members is not allowed. If they are busy talking to a player, wait until they are done or file a report. You may not impersonate any other rank, especially staff.
- Animals and mobs owned by other players may not be killed or stolen. If you are unsure whether an animal belongs to someone or not, leave it alone.
- PvP (player versus player) is not allowed inside or within ten blocks of builds, farms, mines, warp points, or walls.
- Traps must be outside of all PvP-protected areas listed above. You may not trick a player to come out of a non-PvP area just so you can kill them.
- You may not wait near a PvP-protected area for a player to come out.
- Exclusively killing the same player multiple times in one day is not allowed.
- Group PvP must consist of the same amount of players on each side. One player may not be harmed or killed by more than one other player, unless there is verbal consent by the smaller party.
- Disconnecting from the server while in a PvP battle, also known as PvP logging, is not allowed and will result in confiscation of items when you reconnect to the server.
- All killing rules apply in the nether, but no killing rules at all apply in the end. The nether's spawn also counts as a warp point, and is protected.
- Pillars are stacks of single blocks built straight up. They are usually only one block wide, but some towers that are wider may count. In order to not be considered as pillars, towers should be more than one block wide and part of an actual build. Towers built for people to jump from, sometimes into pools or down a spiral of blocks, are also considered pillars. They take up unnecessary space on the map and clutter the sky, making the map look bad.
- Tunnels are holes in the ground going straight down. Many go down all the way through bedrock, but even digging a few blocks down counts as tunneling. It is okay to dig down if you are planning to make a room in the area, but you may not leave random holes in the ground. Tunnels are also holes and paths in the ground that are one block wide and two blocks tall. Again, these are fine if they are being used for a build, but even some bigger holes and paths may be considered tunnels.
- Redstone creations may be their own build in a few special cases, but these are not common and you should try to always make redstone part of a build you own. If a redstone creation is a fully functional game that everyone can use, it does not have to be part of another build. If a redstone creation is a type of computation device, it does not have to be part of another build. For both of these exceptions, the creations must be big and should take a few hours of work to make. If it does not take a long to build and does not do anything special, it must be part of another build.
- When talking in chat, it looks substantially better to use proper grammar and sentences. Keep your messages longer than one or two words, and try not to split one comment into more than one message. Letter dragging (eg: lettterrrrrr draaggginnngggg) in words should be prevented when possible, as it spams the chat and gets to be annoying to other players.
- In order for something to be classified as a build for the PvP rules, it must be at least ten blocks wide in each direction, and at least five blocks up. The build must be used for something, and you may not create random small builds just to protect an area from PvP.
- Walls must be at least five blocks high and three blocks wide to create PvP-protected areas. They must surround a build entirely for the killing rules to apply.
- Mines need to be manually dug underground, and be well-lit, in order for them to count as PvP protected areas. Naturally generated caves do not count as mines, even if you mined a few blocks in them.
- Having your /home set somewhere does not protect the area from PvP. You must have it inside one of the areas listed in the second killing rule. If someone kills at your home spawn more than once, it counts as excessive killing.
Jail time will be given to players who break the building rules, playing rules, or killing rules. Trying to break out of jail will increase your jail time. For major and repeated offenses, a demotion to Spectator rank may also be given.
Mute time will be given to players who break the chat rules. For major and repeated offenses, a permanent mute may also be given. If the mute is bypassed, the offending player may be kicked and banned after repeated bypassing.
All punishments are given by trained staff members. Illegal actions on the server are recorded and used as evidence. Do not argue with a staff member about your punishment as you may have broken a rule without realizing it. If you are completely sure that you were unjustly punished, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with as much information about the incident as possible.
Diamond Mine staff reserve the right to add, delete, modify, bypass, overrule, append, or ignore any or all the above at any given time. Any technical loopholes can and will still leave you responsible and is thus punishable at our discretion.