This is a detailed guide on how griefers do their thing so you can prepare yourself against attacks.
And no, I'm not a griefer, I've simply been observing what griefers do.
Also, this guide is not meant to teach griefers how to operate. Again, it is for your protection. It is a good thing to know how the enemy works.
Basic- The griefer deletes random blocks in any type of structure.
Info: This is the most common type of grief. It is annoying to fix, and makes your server look messier.
Leveling- The griefer completely demolishes any type of structure.
Info: This is a grief that usually annoys players the most. It causes them to have to completely rebuild their structure. However, the server still looks clean after grief.
Cube Field- The griefer uses a speed hack to run across the map, building blocks in their trail.
Info: Although structures usually remain intact, it is difficult to clean up after due to the fact that the grief is spread out across the map.
Junk Heap- The griefer builds random stacks and jumbles of blocks all over the place.
Info: Although fairly easy to clean up, if left alone the server can look quite messy. These stacks can be either on the ground, in buildings, jutting out of walls and ceilings, etc.
Flood- The griefer releases water or lava from a container or channels it in from another source, flooding structures lower than the water level.
Info: A small to medium flood, it can be annoying to sponge up but is possible. To prevent this, create flood barriers in your server and surround moats, lakes, rivers and streams with Admin blocks.
Grand Scale Flood- a griefer lets loose water or lava high above the server, flooding the entire server and creating massive lag.
Info: Nearly impossible to clean up, if the server Admin has no backups the server usually must reset. Try not to build liquids too high in your server and this will never happen.
Potholes- The griefer uses a speed hack to race across the map, leaving shallow holes in their midst
Info: A reversed Cube Field Grief. It is also annoying to clean up, but does not make the server looks as bad, as the holes aren't as noticeable unless they are very common across the map.
Cover Up- The griefer uses blocks to almost completely cover a structure, usually after Basic Griefing the structure first.
Info: makes the server look messy, and annoying to clean, especially when the covering blocks are the same used in the structure.
Random Tunneling- The griefer tunnels deep down into the ground, then uses a flying hack to return to the surface and repeat elsewhere.
Info: Another type of common grief, some believe this to be the most annoying grief. It can cut through underground pools, flooding structures beneath them. It can also ruin underground corridors and other underground structures if the tunnels are close together.
Stacking- The griefer creates block stacks to reach higher places.
Info: A common grief, the culprit usually does not even realize they are griefing. This is mostly only ever done by people not using hacks, who want to get to higher places unaccessible by any other means. If you need to build a stack, use sand or gravel so you can easily collapse the stack when you are finished with it.
Target Grief- The griefer targets the most tediously built, most intricate structures and griefs them with any of the above methods
Info: not exactly a method of griefing, but most griefers will do this.
Most methods of griefing can be prevented with these simple rules:
-Take server down when nobody can watch it
-Use a spawn prison, and only let out people who ask. If they do not ask, they could be bots
-Make sure you trust anyone you give OP status to
-Make backups of your server regularly
-Quickly ban any confirmed griefers
-Kick any grief suspects.
FOR EVERYONE ELSE:
-Report confirmed griefers to any OP's that may be present
-Spy on any players suspected of griefing to confirm that it was them who did it
Make sure to confirm someone griefed / is griefing before banning them. You wouldn't want to ban an innocent player.
Use these to spy on newcomers and suspected griefers.
Can only be done by Premium players. Take a screenshot of the sky ingame and use the color to make a solid skin. Then, fly above the clouds where you can observe players on the surface completely camoflaged from grounded griefers, except for most bots.
Using the minimap in some hacking software, spy on griefers from a distance to see if they are griefing blocks.
Use a texture kit that allows you to see through blocks so you can observe players throughout the map. Not as easy to see blocks being deleted, but allows you to see any player, no matter their position. Best paired up with the Minimap.
Please use this guide to your advantage and protect your server from griefing.
I'd like to add another griefing technique I would dub as mass floor removal.
The griefer basically goes into a building and digs a basement right underneath the first floor, such that the floor is the ceiling of the basement. In this way, no op would suspect that the person is griefing, but is legitimately building something. The basement is shaped into a rounded pit, like the pits people dig with shovels. Then, the griefer rapidly removes the floor of the building and flees to another area, making it very difficult to know who did it.
Repair is easy: Simply replace the floor. However, the appearance is extremely gruesome and the psychological impact is strong. The griefer shows that he has tricked the ops, and the ops would feel somewhat defeated. This effect is further increased when the griefer asks an op to come and admits that he is the culprit while subtly degrading the op.
This has happened once on my server. It went something like this:
G: tp to me, op
C: /tp G
C: holy crap who did this?
G: Who do you think? :]
C: /ban G
Another griefing technique: Baiting
Basically, a griefer constructs a water tunnel to something like a basement. However, instead of directly flooding, the griefer covers the tunnel exit with some out-of-place blocks, and constructs a trail of these out-of-place blocks to an area outside in obvious view. The griefer can either hide and watch, or openly ask the owner of the basement to take a look. The owner would impulsively remove the trap, thus flooding his own basement. Again, the psychological impact is strong. Even though it's just a simple flood, the owner would feel defeated.
Prevention of all of the above is impossible, except, with a stroke of luck, catching the griefer in action.
Only the most sly and cruelest of griefers would have the capacity to do these techniques. It almost turns into a sport of deception that would be more thrilling than simply building and cooperating.
But it's funny how this is like a tutorial on advanced griefing.
No, I am not a first class griefer.
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