Okay... well we've been talking about this for awhile and I think I've about had it with the thought of these idiots coming in and spoiling the fun that can be had with this game. Time to do it now before all levels of 'tards can come in at so many levels of the game and ruin it for everyone.
I've been looking over servman and it gives us the control we need to be able to generate logs with info detailed enough to ban access at the cd key level. Currently logs are re-written each time a new game is started- which isn't really the way we want it. Servman will record logs to configured levels. At the end of certain missions, we between WC and I we will be able to keep the ban list reasonably up to date.
We also don't want groups of randoms to be able to come in vote kick out at the leisure. I'm proposing that only SimHQ members be given the levels required to actually vote- and possibly members grandfathered in by request of SimHQ members. What can I say- not everyone wants to be a member but they still fly with the dedication and good airmanship that we want to encourage at Eno's Firehouse.
I'm home Wednesday afternoon but coming off nights- It takes me a bit to get reacquainted with life... so I make no promises on Wednesday- but if things go according to plan, I hope to have servman installed by Thursday evening. At that point we can begin inputting the user access levels so that the "right" people have voting priviledges.
We will also start logging as necessary to substantiate the "wall of shame" concept.
It all sounds really formal- but the client experience shouldn't change much except to keep the server open for the wide variety of pilots we're seeing from all over the world, without having to lock it up. I think this is the best way to preserve the gaming experience.
Some links for your perusal: Link to Servman topics