Then they turned into trolls. Trolls are people who do all they can to annoy the living hell out of the nicer population. They started swearing, spamming caps, and making people lag using the well known egg trick. Now, I am not saying that i do not swear or use caps every once in a while. When i mess something up, one of my builds isn't symmetrical, or when a redstone contraption goes haywire, I will swear, sometimes in all caps. However, it is not spamming. Until now, the "cobalt team" could not be banned for anything, seeing as each time they spammed, all eight of them spammed at once, making it seem like a funny coincidence that 6-8 different people messed something up at the same time. The cobalt team communicated on skype, or some othe channel, maybe even phone calls, everything they did was coordinated to **** people off.
My own experience goes as follows:
After building a small ship for the capitol (a city with a victorian theme) I found out building ships is actually very fun and decided to build one of my biggest projects to date. A giant ship, over 100 blocks in length, the top mast reaches the sky limit, and, when I'm done, there should be four decks. I was just finishing the hull (the main body of the ship) when suddenly, four people come on my ship. they start posting rude signs, randomly placing blocks, spamming eggs (mobs and animals are disabled on the server until we finish building the main cities, so it didn't bother as much, but still, try to build when you have a shower of eggs falling on you), all without saying a word in the chat. Luckily, their mess was nothing permanent, and I managed to clean it up. I kep on building. The next day they come in, make a few titanic jokes in the chat about my ship (I'm very happy that people compare my ship to the titanic, it just shows how big it is) then build a giant iceberg right next to it. they start making random arrows, putting signs randomly saying "PENIS" or "transsexual men had sex here" and whatnot. after that incident, I asked angzilla2 to protect my ship so only I could build there. He did. Unfortunately, the three top blocks were left out. When the cobalt team found out about that mistake, they exploited it as much as they could. Not just puuting rude signs on there, but, since only three blocks are needed to create a snow golem, they made about twenty and let them fall onto my ship. now I had 15 snow golems on my ship, and five in the water around it (mobs can be created, they just won't spawn using eggs for chickens or darkness for monsters). Killing mobs in creative is real pain, especially since every time you miss, you destroy a block, so they were just standing there watching me try to fight snow golems while they created more. I'm not even talking about the snow they create. After that, I got the three top rows protected as well and kept on building. I left for about two hours, and when I came back, I found out that the island problem had risen again.
The first time there was a problem with the island was when ang found out that the cobalt team had started their own city without any permission, after a bunch of fights that i do not feel like recapping, the cobalt team were given an island to build on. Now, let me tell you, the server follows one strict build rule: always have a pallette. Since the server will open to the public as survival server, and all these cities will eventually be outposts, the admins want the buildings in a city to match each other. If you don't like the blocks of a city, you can always go find another that you do like. However, the buildings on the cobalt team island did not match, they had modern, victorian, urban, and other just plain random architecture in the same city and it just felt really uneven. Angzilla asked them again to change their style, but the cobalt team started fighting with him. Eventully, leb (the second owner) logged on and sided with angzilla. The cobalt team then proceeded to make fun of the admins of the server. and just being plain annoying. The admins on this server tolerated a lot more than admins on many other servers I've seen. Finally, angzilla took care of the problem by banning all of the cobalt team.
Concerning some of the teams complaints:
Beta_Failure: you were not promoted after helping out in the second timelapse because nobody else was. Ang figured out after the first timelapse that if he promoted everyone that helped in every timelapse, eventually everyone would be admins, seeing the number of timelapses that are planned for this server.
Sabinno: I explained my vies on your island above
MacErroneous: Hurr durr, derpidy derp, stop posting as if you're a lolcat.
EDIT: leb's status