I just wanted to let you all know that the admin team has been working hard on how to solve our population issue. Obviously there is no magic answer, and other than just good regulars and admins keeping the server feeling alive by playing often, making things enjoyable using the mic, and keeping up map-variety, there is not much else to do. We already overhauled the rank, skins, fun-modes/challenge-modes, and many other things.
One of the two more drastic changes that came up as a suggestion was to try the No-Steam approach on the server for a few weeks and see how it goes. The other solution was to try merging with another community, but we thought that it was a lot less realistic and more binding. As well as the fact that we think the community should not be blind-sided with such a thing. Therefore, after much discussion among the admin team, almost all of us decided to at least try No-Steam for a couple of weeks. Many of us are fundamentally against it, as we are sure that many of you are as well. But... We have to do something to stop the bleeding, and this was our best option.
Please note that this applies to all of our servers. Also, I want to clarify that we are ONLY TRYING this for a couple of weeks to see how it goes. Of course many issues can arise, but we will see if we can come up with solutions to them. Supposedly botox has certain solutions to deal with No-Steamers, and our friends at Unloze have already been dabbling with this, so they may be able to give us a lot of useful pointers. Once again, the majority of the admin team (not just head admins) went over this multiple times. This is not the project or agenda of a single admin or group of admins. I hope it is clear that it is simply a step we are trying to take to make your enjoyment of the server more possible with more players at more hours of the day. If problems arise, we will work our best to make sure that these No-Steam players can be handled and do not fully go rogue. Hopefully you all can give us pointers rather than just try to blame us for trying something new.
We encourage you to calmly give us initial feedback here if you wish to do so. Also feel free to message admins privately, post on discord, or share opinions on the server. In a couple of weeks, we will likely have a poll to give you all a chance to have a full say in whether this change stays or not, so do not fret. Be patient with us because we are also unsure about this and are simply just trying to help out the server. Let's work together to see if this change can be an asset or to discern whether it is rather too much of a liability.
Commands & Features:
- The "real" player count including NoSteam players will be shown in the host-name. The normal player number/list will not show NoSteam players.
- !nosteam - to check the current NoSteam players on the server.
- Admins and players can use @nosteam as a valid string to target all NoSteam players.
Thank you for your cooperation,
The GFL Admin Team