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Ranks and Rewards

AutismFather ao posted Dec 5, 17

We've seen an increase in the number of players being upset that they aren't chosen for Player of the Week or for any special ranks. These players feel defeated, unlucky and useless. They feel like they'll never accomplish anything.

To those players (or to their parents who can pass this along), I'd like to point out something to you... I don't get any awards either.

There are all sorts of awards around the world for people's work in the field of autism, special needs, advocacy in general and I've never even been mentioned at any of them, much less nominated or winning any.

I will be honest, sometimes I see the accomplishments of some people that do get nominated for special awards and I think to myself... wait, I've accomplished more than that in less time. Why them? Why not me?

But then I remind myself that it's not really that important. I remind myself that I don't really care about awards or recognition. I remind myself that none of those things are the reason that I do what I do and all I really want to do is help people. I want people to be happy and to feel good about themselves, that's all.

If you truly want to be a good person, someone who helps others, then you should do so knowing that those people can never do anything for you in return and that there's a good chance that no one will ever know you did it. That's real compassion and integrity and character. That's truly the most pure act of kindness there is.

Do something for someone that can't do anything for you and do it even if no one sees it. Do it because it's right.

Don't worry about ranks or rewards or any of that. You don't need it to feel important or special. You only need to do these things knowing that you made a positive difference in someone's life. Do that and you'll feel much more rewarded than if someone gave you praise for it.. because you'll know that you did it selflessly and with integrity.

It'll mean that much more. And believe me, other people will see it and they'll know it and they'll respect you that much more for it.

Don't seek rewards. Just be proud of yourself. You deserve it.

 

DJ_Futuredo9 o I’m having the exact same problem, I’m not going to try again for player of the week. I do not deserve it.
TM0D After a while, I kinda gave up on getting any rank. I just play out as survival and I'll help when needed, but I do...

Christmas Village is another one of the server towns that is added to by admins and helpers every year. This year is no exception as work has been done for the better part of 2 months leading up to today.

If you haven't had a chance to visit it until now, there's so much to see that it'll take you days to find and see it all. If you have, you'll still find plenty more to see!

To get there, find the Christmas Tree at spawn and press the button at the bottom.

SnoowLight i will build a Hanukkah village for you! :d
SparkyKatz9 Wheres the Hanukkah village? why is it always Christmas? :C
Vall9X4562 o Fifth Comment! :p

This coming Sunday, TheDonster, a Jrhelper will be running The Liverpool Santa Dash to raise funds toward AutconUK 2018. 

As his Mum, I am very proud to announce his decision to do this. Autcon is very special to all the Sparkle family so we feel it's important to keep the event going for as long as we can, to give you guys the opportunity to meet up for real taking your friendships from your computers into the real world. In order to do this we need to begin making plans and raising funds. This is the beginning of our fundraising for the next event. So please, give TheDonster some support by sharing the link as far as you can or donating as much as you can, every penny counts and every penny is appreciated.

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/thedonsterdash

SparkleTwinnie a Thanks guys!! Your words of encouragement are really appreciated, we will be posting pics to update you all on Sunday :)
MidgetMan07 good luck donneh :d
SnoowLight Yep AceGriff

Shortly after starting Autcraft, we began having a POTW (Player Of The Week) announcement each Monday. We didn't really pick that as the day, it just worked out that way and we stuck with it.

The thing is, even though our POTW announcements on Monday tend to be the busiest time on the server each week, it's still not as busy as it could be. Monday's at 4pm is when many children are in school and parents at work.

Starting in 2018, we're moving the announcements to Sundays at 4pm EST. We hope this will be better for everyone and make it easier for everyone to be there.

If you need to know when 4pm is in your time zone, use this url and enter 4pm EST as the starting point:
http://www.thetimezoneconverter.com

Also, for those looking ahead, December 31st is on Sunday and January 1st the Monday. To avoid confusion and because we suspect most people won't be around anyhow, there will be no POTW announcement that week.

The first POTW announcement for 2018 will be on January 7th, a Sunday.

- AF

saoirsefinn Okay, My computer will be locking at 4pm EST/9pm UK so I can't come on for POTW very often as my computer locks. T...
SnoowLight Also... time zones are a thing so this creates problems for other people like in brittan its just later at night for the...
SnoowLight Okay thanks for informing us :)

Recently a young player on the Patreon Discord server went to a server belonging to another player. It didn't go very well.

Like most players, they wanted to have a server of their own and was inviting other Autcrafters to go play there. Because they were both from Autcraft, they both felt it was a safe thing to do.

It didn't take long, however, for them to have an argument that resulted in anger and hatred. That player returned to the Patreon Discord server angry and hurt and insisted that we, the admins, do something about it. Because that other person is an Autcrafter, he felt that we had to punish them.

He was shocked to find out that we wouldn't do anything about it. Since it happened off of Autcraft, we had no records of what happened, no log file, no database... nothing. We couldn't know exactly what was said or done. But more so than all of that... we simply are not responsible for what happens anywhere but Autcraft.

That player quit. They left the Patreon Discord and their parents stopped supporting the server.

The server (and myself) lost actual income because one child decided to make their own server and invited another child and they both went off and had a fight. And I lost income over it.

Think about that.

It's not really about the income though. It's about the fighting. We don't like to see people getting hurt. We especially don't like to see those players bringing the drama back to Autcraft and getting everyone else involved. People take sides, get angry and the whole place falls apart.

That player now feels hurt and betrayed by that other child and by us for not doing anything about it.

This is why we don't allow "advertising" on Autcraft. This isn't an isolated event. THIS HAPPENS A LOT.

We don't want to prevent players from having their own servers or playing with friends elsewhere but we need for everyone to be aware that doing so is a risk that you must make on your own. You take that risk and you accept the consequences. Autcraft should not be dragged into any problems or drama as a result.

Hopkinz I totally understand this. I do however have my own server, and a few realms I play on. I only play with my closest fri...
MidgetMan07 man i feel bad for them :/
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