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      Battlefield F.A.Q. [Please Read]   04/18/2016

      After multiple questions coming up that were about the same topic we have decided to create a little F.A.Q regarding some of the most talked about topics. Please make sure you read EVERY question and answer. First thing's first, please use the search feature before you ask a question because it might have been answered already: CLICK HERE TO USE THE SEARCH FEATURE Q. I've been banned what do I do? A. Visit the "Ban Info" menu at the top of the page and click that appropriate link that relates to your ban. Then make sure you fill out the form properly after reading the guidelines to submitting a ban dispute Q. What do I do if someone is hacking? A. If you are in game you can report said individual using @report 'playername' REASON HERE If that doesn't help you, you can always submit a ban request by visiting the "Ban Info" menu at the top of the page and clicking the appropriate link Q. Can I submit a request for a new server, or a smaller special server? A. Sure but to put it bluntly most requests have been made already so rather than making a request that has already been made you should visit THIS LINK. That link talks about how we can go about getting more servers and what needs to be done to get those. Q. Well why don't you change some of the servers that you have now to those special servers? A. Because we have those servers as they are what stay full and are the easiest to keep populated. Just because 5 people like something doesn't mean that it's a smart option to keep a server that those 5 people think is a good server. Q. Why don't you change the ticket counts? A. Ok this is where you need to start realizing that the admins at ADK have been running servers for well over a combined 20 years if not more. We promise we're not going to do something that won't work and if we do happen to do that we have our admins making sure that we try to provide the best servers possible for as many people as possible. We love suggestions but when the suggestions are made that make us seem like we don't know what the heck we are doing that's when it's a little overboard. Again just because you and your buddies like something doesn't mean it's a great idea for a large gaming community as the server won't stay populated and pay for itself. We do want to start bringing more of those to the community, but please refer to the answer of the 3rd questions where a link was posted regarding different servers and how to make it happen. But to answer this question some, on certain servers like our BF3 TDM, it is meant to be a quick round server where you have a match that ends quickly. Some people don't want to play a round that goes on for 30 minutes, and a lot of people have enjoyed it. And again our admins do look at servers and how they are doing, but don't forget just because a few people want something doesn't mean everyone wants it. Q. How come I can't use explosives in a no explosives server but everybody else can? A. In actuality those individuals aren't supposed to either, but they are choosing to break the rules We are humans and unfortunately we aren't perfect to catch everyone. But our admins do the best that they can to be perfect and we have our auto admin in place for no explosives, but it comes down to rules are rules. If you choose to break them and you get in trouble, that is your fault and there is nobody else to blame. You can make reports and if admins aren't in the server they will go over them to see those who break the rules often and will deal with them. Just because an admin isn't in the server doesn't mean that we aren't looking at the reports. Q. Why don't you have servers that have multiple expansion maps on them? A. Because they are quite difficult to maintain unless you have people willing to be in the servers and make sure they are populated day in and day out. Please refer again to the link in the answer of the third question as this relates to that. If we have people who are going to make sure that these servers will indeed stay populated then possibly but so far we haven't been able to get that. In the past we've done B2K which a lot of people were begging for an it went nowhere. Q. There's someone cursing and using racist remarks in the server, why haven't they been banned? A. Because the reality of it is nobody will ever be happy, these are not remarks that you will see any admin using but we aren't going to police everybody and what they say. What one person might find offensive, the other person might not. So if we remove a few words then we'll need to remove all words that people find offensive. Now if the individual is spamming constantly and/or just being a troll about it you can always submit a ban request and let us know what was happening. Admins will then look over it to see what action needs to be taken. Q. Why don't you kick people who have a high ping? A. In reality high ping doesn't cause as many problems as a lot of people think. Admins have been talked to about how to handle something that is absurd but they will not kick someone with a 150 ping because people are complaining about them. We have members from all over the world and we're not going to limit what servers they play on. Someone's high ping to a server does not cause a server to lag. If the server is lagging it'll be everyone noticing it. BUT if there are only a few individuals who are complaining about lag, it's more than likely an issue with their connection to the server. The best thing to do would be do a tracert to the server, but most people don't want to believe that they might have an issue on their end or somewhere between their house and the server. And the reality is that there could be an issue that someone is seeing. There are plenty of posts about ping in the servers so feel free to do a search to look them up. Q. Why don't you just disable weapons that you can't use in the no explosive server? A. Don't you think we would have done that if it was possible? :) Q. Why can't I dispute a ban after 2 months? A. If people cared so much to play on our servers after a perma ban, they would come and dispute within the first 2 months. We feel 2 months is more than enough time to dispute a perma ban. Q. Why don't you have anything besides 64 slot servers? A. Again refer to the link in the answer to question number three. But long story short, it's not easy to keep small number servers populated as often as possible when we have as many servers as we do. Due to the fact that you could lose 15 people at a time in one game, there goes half the population of the server which could indeed empty the server. So if it's wanted we need people willing to put in the time and effort to do such and to make it so that there is always a queue for the servers. Q. Why does it seem like you guys get frustrated when people ask certain questions? A. Seriously though, it's because they are normally questions that have been answered multiple times and most of the time it appears that the question wasn't thought about in the manner of "Hey I wonder if anybody else has posted about this." Unlike Battlelog where things normally get hidden and admins don't respond, we do see pretty much 99% of everything that is posted without it getting lost because of the fact that we have admins for each particular section of the community. And those admins do make sure that we respond to topics where someone might have a question. So with that last question being answerd, please just take 10 seconds to browse the forums and search to see if your topic has been discussed before you go and make a post. If it's not too old or hasn't been answered feel free to leave your input but a lot of the same questions are coming up over and over. Ping, ping, ping, why can't I use explosives, ping, ping, can we have more servers, why can't we have these maps, why do you only have like 200 tickets on the TDM server, 64 players is a lot of people to have on a server, where are the expansion maps, why is this person using curse words and racist remarks and hasn't been banned yet. As always we do appreciate and ask for suggestions but most of the questions that we see over and over have been answered and could be answered for you by making a search on the forums. Thank you for your support of the community and as always we will continue to provide the best possible gaming experience on our servers for as many people in the world.
JByrns_1993

New ADK Server

New Maps  

27 members have voted

  1. 2. What Maps Do you want?

    • BASE: Canals
    • BASE: Demavand Peak
    • BASE: Siene
    • BASE: Grand Bazaar
    • BASE: Tehran HWY


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We are thinking of having a new server. What maps would you like to see? Please vote for your favorite combination of maps here. These will all be Conquest Large. Edited by Johnny 5

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I'm confused. . . new server. . . huh?


But what Hoole said. . VVVVV

[quote name='Hoole' timestamp='1349324105' post='48149']
I say the same thing AOB is going to say....we need to keep the servers we have populated.
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rush is a popular server that we have that never gets the time taken to populate it...like right now, ive been sitting in there for the past...20-30 minutes and it's only like 3 or 5 of us....still. POPULATE THE SERVERS WE HAVE AND KEEP THEM THAT WAY BEFORE YOU TALK ABOUT GETTING A NEW SERVER.

the same thing happened when CQ was released, it dropped and we dropped the ball on keeping it populated at release so it didnt work because peole already had established their favorites. Ergo, we dropped the CQ servers. And the same thing is going to happen next expac if we dont get and stay on populating servers.

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[size=5]Who's Pay Pal account will be supporting this server? [b]J Burns?[/b] [/size]

[size=5]SWEET!! Thanks for the donation to run a new server!!![/size]

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yea but hooole that makes no sense IF u try to populate by urself u are just gonna sit there. no one is gonna come to server with only a couple of ppl on it tried teh saem exact thing in BC2 too. Edited by frekillz

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[quote name='frekillz' timestamp='1349331019' post='48164']
yea but hooole that makes no sense IF u try to populate by urself u are just gonna sit there. no one is gonna come to server with only a couple of ppl on it
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this is one of the most simplistic points of view I have ever seen.

Believe it or not, there are non member people who like our servers so much, they actually help us populate it. CRAYYYYZYYYYY. Furthermore, POPULATE MORE.

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[quote name='Hoole' timestamp='1349331157' post='48166']
this is one of the most simplistic points of view I have ever seen.

Believe it or not, there are non member people who like our servers so much, they actually help us populate it. CRAYYYYZYYYYY. Furthermore, POPULATE MORE.
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i know ppl help us populate and i have tried that exact samething with the rush server. i was the only one there at all. and i do populate. populated all day today. cause of teh server update

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This wouldn't be a 'new server' but rather one of the existing servers converted over to these maps (or which ever ones are get the highest votes). We have currently 2 Metro servers (no explosives, and conquest), why can't we turn that new Metro Explosives No Rules into this server that has different maps?

Rush might be able to get up if it is populated during the day, but is that the only time? We all come from different time zones and all have different lives. Not everyone is able to go on in the morning or even noon and play. Even if it does happen in the evening, how long are the advisors going to be sitting in one server? You ask them to populate Metro No explosives and Metro conquest, not in the exact order, but they are doing the same map.

Granted Rush server isn't the same map, but why can't the advisors populate a server in a different game mode? I'm not saying that there are less people that like to play rush, but sometimes people prefer just running around and killing people, without having to worry about objectives.

Example:
How long are advisors going to have to play in the rush server if even after 30mins no one new comes in? Say, there were about 15-20 people. After map changes, it drops to about 8-15 people.

Just for the sake of argument, what happens if the same number of advisors/members go into this 'new' server (large conquest) and after the same amount of time (30mins) it gets to say 20-30 people. Wouldn't they have a better chance to populate the new server than the rush server?

What they are saying, if I may, is that instead of another Metro server, do a 'new' large conquest server no rules (maps based on the most popular maps in the poll).

Give it a chance. If it is a hit, then keep it. If it is a flop then we can talk about another direction. What some are getting to is that if the rush server has very little chance (though we are not giving up on it at all), but rather have another server that stands a chance to become a self-sustaining server like TDM.

Yea, the title was a bit misleading, but this is what it means. Our Metro Explosives No Rules --> This new ADK server.

Edit: If it is going well, don't just shut it down because rush isn't being populated. Edited by Johnny 5

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We are leaving the other servers down until we get our current servers populated.



Also having a server with multiple maps,game modes, expansion packs will NOT work in a large community. Please go look at other large communities (multiple servers) and see how their servers are. Very limited maps if not only 1 map.


This is because the fact that the majority of the people who will be playing on the server will NOT be the members of the community rather the public. And when someone joins a server with a particular map or game mode, normally they have a select few that they want to play. It's easy to keep those servers populated when it's the only server in the community and a lot of people will indeed find that server TONS of fun. But it won't work here unfortunately.

Yes I'm knocking it down because I've seen it across multiple games and we've seen it ourselves in ADK.

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Well the No Rules Metro= Armored Kill now.

The rest are the servers are staying the same besides the one I just mentioned.. period.

As far as that now turned Armored Kill server goes...if AK doesn't work out I may be open to ideas except...

We tried:
24/7 GB=failed
B2K maps=failed
CQB=failed

Bring on the next set?

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No, we are not taking down the most popular server. This would be the no rules server, currently the AK server.

Yea, I also tried to explain about the multi-expansion pack maps, and would rather have just the basic BF3 maps.
Yes, I explained that the expansion pack maps probably won't get that much of a life span because though they might be fun, not everyone has all of the expansion packs. Though I knew about this, the poll was opened up to include it in all fairness to the expansions.

Yes I have looked at some of the top maps. Though this is only one site, it was a rough example of some of the top servers: [url="http://www.gametracker.com/search/bf3/?"]http://www.gametracker.com/search/bf3/?[/url]

This new server wouldn't be a multitude of maps, but rather have 1-3 maps depending on the poll. Again we can discuss this. The poll was to give some starting point as to what maps members are interested in.

As stated, these 1-3 maps would be large conquest maps. Say for example the 1, 2, or 3 maps are all BF3 base maps, what difference does it make if this is just like our caspian/firestorm/kharg server? If it's just 3 different maps?

AK will probably not work, just as the other expansion pack maps because of the previously stated comment: Not everyone has this pack. Yes, like other servers who wanted to jump in on the new expansion maps, we did the same with BtK, CQB, and now AK, they will not work as well if they are not part of the original map set. Not saying that the expansions were bad, but most of the players that got the expansions will go to the maps and check it out, but they might not be long lasting. The weapons are nice, but still, people would eventually come back to the base guns.

This poll would be giving members/advisors a say on which maps, not in our current map selection, that they would be interested in seeing.

This was a suggestive poll so that it allows members to help choose what maps they would like to see.

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[quote name='Prophet' timestamp='1349332289' post='48168']
The best time to populate rush is during the day, not at night. If you try at night you will be sitting there for a while, like 4-6 hours with just the same people.
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Last night i believe hare said Rush should start being populated early morning (in his experience)

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[quote name='Novaura' timestamp='1349338019' post='48181']
Well the No Rules Metro= Armored Kill now.

The rest are the servers are staying the same besides the one I just mentioned.. period.

As far as that now turned Armored Kill server goes...if AK doesn't work out I may be open to ideas except...

We tried:
24/7 GB=failed
B2K maps=failed
CQB=failed

Bring on the next set?
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IMHO, the only reason why the expac servers we had failed was bc on release week we (yes everyone because I'm not going to sharpshoot anyone a pat on the back) didn't take the time to keep it populated when everyone was out and about surfing servers trying to find their favorite few. Most players do this on release week and release week +1 or 2 and then only stick to their favorites list unless they follow a friend into a server they haven't been to yet.

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Ok, let's try to compromise.

We can keep this poll and have it collect information, say about 3 weeks, at least.
In this 3 week period, lets purpose a challenge for ADK.

Get as many people on the AK server as possible, members, advisors, and admins. Try to break the the curse of the expansion packs.
Those that do not have AK, the server to populate would be our rush server.

After 3 weeks, we can evaluate the AK server again, and see trick and tips to populate our rush server. It is said that rush can get up if it is started earlier in the day. Please note the exact time (in PST or EST) and which players (even though they are not members) are staying in the rush server the longest. Please try to befriend those players and invite them back into the rush servers.

In the general sense, I highly suggest that all members keep an eye out for potential regulars and befriend them. Get them onto your battlelog friends and invite them into the servers.

Questions? Comments?

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Look, guys, I am more than willing to pay for - by myself - a 64 man server. From what I have heard I have to turn the server over to ADK. Ok, no problem. However, I still want access to my own server. AOB or someone come and pm me and lets get this hashed out....

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Emmjai, Though it would be greatly appreciated, let's not do anything rash for now. We can try and work it out with the current servers.
Thanks for the offer, but please hold off on that.

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Oh, regarding the my post last night, the first one on page 2, I sort of lost my train of thought.

Again, holding off implementing, but adding to ideas for the server.

The server would be similar to our caspian/firestorm/kharg large conquest server. Those maps are meant for vehicles, but what about large conquest maps for [color=#ff0000][b]infantry only[/b][/color]? Grand Bazaar, Noshahr Canals, Damavand Peak, etc.

Again, this is clarification on the topic.

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I have very limited experience with what servers would work and what wouldn't. I'll leave it to the ones whom are experienced....

my own uniformed decision...


A second no explosives maybe? HAH...

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[quote name='Johnny 5' timestamp='1349370308' post='48197']
Emmjai, Though it would be greatly appreciated, let's not do anything rash for now. We can try and work it out with the current servers.
Thanks for the offer, but please hold off on that.
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Trust me, I'm not going to buy a server until I talk to admins and whatnot to see what ADK needs/wants and so on.

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I understand what the higher ups are saying and it makes sense ... i'm with whatever =ADK= wants to do, But I was given the chance to vote, so i did ... because i believe in a grand bazaar infantry only map.. with best squad plugins, most knife kills, best clan score ECT.

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