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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.
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      =ADK= Discord Link   04/24/2017

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justjoe

Regulars bypassing the autobalancer

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I'm a regular on the ADK #5 TDM Fast Rank server. In fact it's just about the only server I play. You guys have an autoblancer for a reason to help keep the server somewhat balanced. There is an ex-ADK member(boogly_oglly) an exteremly skilled player whom just a few minutes ago got balanced at the end of a round, only to quit and rejoin the team he was blanced from so he could ride the stack again. I have no problem with boogly. He's a great guy and an extremely skilled player but what's the point of an autobalancer if this is allowed? I get balanced to a crap team I play.

 

Figured with your skills you were above such cheap methods boogly.

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@justjoe

Well the autobalancer has the last say. We can't overwrite it or anything.

I admit it does some weird things, and whatnot but it should balance him eventually from the stack team. That's kind of a bland response but that's all I got! :D The balancer is like a rebellious teenager. Edited by LegallyBlindCake

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@[member='justjoe'], he, and I both do. We are skilled enough to see when teams struggle so  we switch. it's called fair balancing, team stacking gets so annoying for us we tend to rage quit. A lot of high tier players actually do this to balance teams fairly,and allow skill balancing to happen. Auto-balancing , at least from my POV is broken once a team starts to stack on each other. This goes for ping  abusing. #5 is known to be broken like that. After all it's tdm. 

 

 

 

Your friend,

yulingg

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@[member='justjoe'], he, and I both do. We are skilled enough to see when teams struggle so  we switch. it's called fair balancing, team stacking gets so annoying for us we tend to rage quit. A lot of high tier players actually do this to balance teams fairly,and allow skill balancing to happen. Auto-balancing , at least from my POV is broken once a team starts to stack on each other. This goes for ping  abusing. #5 is known to be broken like that. After all it's tdm. 

 

 

 

Your friend,

yulingg

He did get auto-balanced. Then he quit and rejoined to the team the auto-balancer switched him from so he wouldn't have to play on the crap team. He bypassed the autobalancer on purpose. That was my entire point about the post.

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He did get auto-balanced. The he quit and rejoined to the team the auto-balancer switched him from, so he wouldn't have to play on the crap team. He bypassed the autobalancer on purpose. That was my entire point about the post.

Ah, well I understand your frustration. Auto-balance is actually broken to be fair, you can not switch if you got a friend on the other team/join mid game, so I assume that's what he was trying to do. There's been times where I wanted to play with him, that I had to quit, and re-log back in, this is when I tried to switch to the other team, it locked me to that team the rest of the round. Sorry for the confusion :).

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We encourage people to squad up at play together. I'm not going to say its ok to team stack by bypassing the Auto-Admin but if he's just trying to play with friends thats a whole other story. I know he has friends he like to play with. Squad play is generally disabled for the most part on TDM. 

 

The only solution would be to have the balancer keep the squads together and then balance the squads at the end of the round. This may help with unstacking teams.

We will talk about this amongst the Managers. If they want to abuse the balancer and bypass it perhaps we can go to a more aggressive approach.

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We encourage people to squad up at play together. I'm not going to say its ok to team stack by bypassing the Auto-Admin but if he's just trying to play with friends thats a whole other story. I know he has friends he like to play with. Squad play is generally disabled for the most part on TDM. 

 

The only solution would be to have the balancer keep the squads together and then balance the squads at the end of the round. This may help with unstacking teams.

We will talk about this amongst the Managers. If they want to abuse the balancer and bypass it perhaps we can go to a more aggressive approach.

Thank you for this response. You summed up what I was trying to state. 

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@[member='justjoe']

@[member='LegallyBlindCake']

@[member='Yulingg']

@[member='Virtue1776']

 

Alright, I'll keep this short. I play TDM #5 quite a bit, but as of recent this is the only server I see that has consistent rubber banding issues. I've contacted a few higher ups about this with no easy solution to the problem. I still enjoying playing TDM / DOM so I generally leave the server to either go play in other servers with my friends or just solo. I still enjoy the server (as seen by how consistent of a player I am) so I tend to go back. So, in conclusion, I do not leave the server to avoid the auto-balancer to just join back.

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@[member='justjoe']

@[member='LegallyBlindCake']

@[member='Yulingg']

@[member='Virtue1776']

 

Alright, I'll keep this short. I play TDM #5 quite a bit, but as of recent this is the only server I see that has consistent rubber banding issues. I've contacted a few higher ups about this with no easy solution to the problem. I still enjoying playing TDM / DOM so I generally leave the server to either go play in other servers with my friends or just solo. I still enjoy the server (as seen by how consistent of a player I am) so I tend to go back. So, in conclusion, I do not leave the server to avoid the auto-balancer to just join back.

@[member='boogly_oglly'] I was trying to state that myself. Your struggle is my struggle, I do the samething as you. People probably just didn't get why you did it. Everything should be cleared now. At least in my eyes.

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Understandable,

 

Who have you spoken with about rubberbanding and when did it start? this is the first I'm hearing about it. Most of the rubber banding if not all of the rubberbanding issues are created by the back end with Blaze. @[member='AOBLXIX'] has made numerous posts on this issue. It's not just our TDM server that experiences it.

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@[member='justjoe']

@[member='LegallyBlindCake']

@[member='Yulingg']

@[member='Virtue1776']

 

Alright, I'll keep this short. I play TDM #5 quite a bit, but as of recent this is the only server I see that has consistent rubber banding issues. I've contacted a few higher ups about this with no easy solution to the problem. I still enjoying playing TDM / DOM so I generally leave the server to either go play in other servers with my friends or just solo. I still enjoy the server (as seen by how consistent of a player I am) so I tend to go back. So, in conclusion, I do not leave the server to avoid the auto-balancer to just join back.

I'd believe that if you had answered me in game. I asked twice and waited for you to die a few times with zero repsonse from you man. You know exactly what you did and got called out for doing it so you ignored me. The only time you've ever ignored me in game.

 

@[member='Virtue1776'] I understand the point of squading up and playing with your friends. The problem with that is, if you allow it, friends with amazing skills will join and roll the server in order to statpad. The autobalancer busts the squads up to correct this problem and balance the teams evenly. I'm freinds with a great deal of people who play your #5 and I've played with and against them. I get balanced to the crap team I deal with it and play. That's the point right?

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Boogly Im pretty sure this has been explained over and over, we have the same server provider as many other reputable clans. They are having the same issues, this has nothing to do with ADK or #5 TDM.

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I just went and wrote a mini essay until my browser crashed.... anyway to sum it up:

 

@[member='justjoe']

I have my chat hidden a lot (seen in my gameplay and in streams) I alternate it on POPUP / HIDDEN depending on how insulting "toxic" or boring the chat can be. So I apologize for not seeing your messages this time. And no I wouldn't dodge the question by not answering, because I almost ALWAYS respond unless it's a string of pointless haxusations that I get tired of trying to fight because people never listen to logic & reason.

 

Also, another thing I had all written out until my browser crashed... I leave the server a lot. To either go play Rush/CQ with a few close friends, or occasional Air Superiority with our very own @[member='ogllyboogly'] who is one of the best stealth jet pilots in this game and a very close friend. Do I like stats? Yes. Do I stat pad by stack servers all day? No. I reset my stats every so often to try and go for a high KD / SPM. When I do this I generally play defensive with m16a4 and get a 4-8KD or other times I may just say "I don't care" and go aggressive recon getting 30 kills in 25 deaths but getting that one good montage clip. Either way, I hope this explains things a bit more. Of course, it's up to you to actually believe what I say VS calling BS on it all.

 

@[member='Virtue1776']

I can tell you this much, I've (Myself and a few of my fellow TDM friends who are on TS) only seen this lag in #TDM. By no means am I complaining, I do not want this to turn into another argument about server stuff because, frankly I just don't care. I have a string of other servers to play on. When I've played on any of the other ADK servers (Both CQ servers, no exp locker, no exp metro, chain link ect....) I have never encountered this issue. I have only seen this server after the patch. If you ask any of the regulars they can agree with me (but the past few days it's been fine so it's all good.)

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@[member='justjoe']

 

Yulingg I must say that you are mistake on this one:

 

@[member='boogly_oglly'] I was trying to state that myself. Your struggle is my struggle, I do the samething as you. People probably just didn't get why you did it. Everything should be cleared now. At least in my eyes.

I am more LIKELY to leave due to a bad team, but very seldom do I "rage quit". It's almost always due to me getting bored... I have played on my fair share of "stacked" teams, but I also don't quit out when the going gets tough. Look at it this way: you don't get better by killing lower level players all day, just playing competitive showed me that in a few weeks. Also the countless hours I have into BF3 / BF4.

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@[member='justjoe']

 

Yulingg I must say that you are mistake on this one:

 

I am more LIKELY to leave due to a bad team, but very seldom do I "rage quit". It's almost always due to me getting bored... I have played on my fair share of "stacked" teams, but I also don't quit out when the going gets tough. Look at it this way: you don't get better by killing lower level players all day, just playing competitive showed me that in a few weeks. Also the countless hours I have into BF3 / BF4.

Alright. Thanks.

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@[member='boogly_oglly'], stepping out for now. This is between you two. To answer your question he  goes by justj in battlelog.

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I have experienced in #2 & #5, but most of the time it's #5. It's been happening a lot since the patch like @[member='boogly_oglly']_oogly said. I stick it out for the most part. Boogly rage quitting? Does such a thing exist? Hah!

I've been in-game with him once or twice when he left to go play with some friends and came back almost immediately because the plans got scratched. It was NOT to bypass the autobalancer. Personally, I think he just enjoys our company more :P Edited by DestinedToFlail

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Understandable,

 

Who have you spoken with about rubberbanding and when did it start? this is the first I'm hearing about it. Most of the rubber banding if not all of the rubberbanding issues are created by the back end with Blaze. @[member='AOBLXIX'] has made numerous posts on this issue. It's not just our TDM server that experiences it.

 

I feel like we need to put a huge banner somewhere of all the things that have been stated thousands of times.  This being one of them.   When all of our servers are located in the same area and the times when they were on the same box and stuff was only happening with one or two servers there's normally outside reasons why it's happening. 

 

 

-  Your Internet

-  Battlelog/Blaze backend

-  Issues with whatever patch was recently put out

-  Battlelog/Blaze backend

-  Network issues within the US or even other countries depending on where you are located

-  Battlelog/Blaze backend

-  Battlelog/Blaze backend

 

 

Seriously, people forget this and I don't know how much longer I can stay sane.  I keep people updated if they are issues that are in our control and that are being caused by our provider.  I have no problem saying that and no problem talking to them, but I don't know how many more threads we need about something that has been discussed thousands of times.  

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This wasn't meant to be a thread about lag. And I understand that number five might experience it more then the other servers. Perhaps this is the nature of TDM and the way the game is coded in relation to the battlelog/blaze back end.

Thanks Boog for you well worded response. I find this consistent with your attitude as always.

When you get the rubber banding lets do a trace route and it should tell us which point you are experiencing the greatest latency. Hopefully EA will figure this out soon. The new patch seems to be a great improvement however latency issues still exist despite having 30 ping.

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@[member='Virtue1776'] See what's happened? AOB is about to go insane <3

 

@[member='AOBLXIX'] I did not intend for you to get involved in this OR this be a discussion about something we've seen 1000 times on these forums. Please understand, I don't care for what reasons they were occurring (since it could be countless issues) because all of the reasons you listed I am perfectly aware of. By NO MEANS was I complaining, since their are many ways around to fixing this issue. I thank you though for how often you keep us updated on things that could be within your guy's control. I really appreciate that.

 

Thanks.

 

boogly

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Just my .02. I have had ruber banding issues on TDM servers that are not ours. And my issues are far and few between since the patch yet I still had a rubber band issue just the other night. And it wasn't our server. May just be a ea thing. Time will tell. I can also say in the networking world, to which I have been apart of for 25 years or so, typical issues for theses types of things are hard to pin point as most of it is typically at the end users ISP, network, or machine. Knowing what I know about networks. I am surprised there are not more issues with games like this. They do a freaking awesome job making things come together and work for the most part. Just another point of view from an old man.

Thanks
Bonzai

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