i would just like to say-
every ban comes from a collection of evidence.
every admin comes from a long line of experience.
Most new players dont actually read the rules, which is why we issue warnings to those breaking rules.
if they continue, they get banned.
If an appeal is made, the staff member who made the ban can provide an answer explaining - and if need be, proof of reason to the other admins, if not directly to the player. There have been multiple instances where a ban was overturned because of lack of evidence, regardless of gut feeling. (i would also like to point out that every single one was eventually banned again)
As for IP bans- we dont just hand those out willy nilly. we ban accounts as individuals.
If we're forced to IP ban someone theyve either
-Been part of an attack on the server: like a raid or have connected using multiple accounts at the same time (usually spamming bullshit of one type or antoher)
- Have done something so decidedly unforgivable that their presence would never improve the server experience, and so we dont want them back.
as for the 2nd note: The chance of admins being a complete prick
Impossible. We dont allow pricks to become admins anymore. A long time ago there was a not so friendly attempt to coup the server, with an admin trying to declare themself head admin, and a ranking system and it was all very stupid. I caused an uproar when i overturned a ban they made from personal feelings, and eventaully their little heiarchy broke apart, some people went crazy, lots of drama... which brings us to today.
Helpers and Mods are watched. We get feedback from players, what we see, how they respond to situations...
If theyre a prick, they dont get to reach admin. :P