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#11 the competitive tf2 culture canon in TF2 General Discussion

https://youtu.be/VQoOqN32Vw0

https://youtu.be/Y0rk2ROJF-s

posted 2 weeks ago
#123 tf2 scene in 2038 in TF2 General Discussion
MofuBut for having been in the ETF2L AC team and more or less kicked cuz people complained i was too low div (some people trying to make an agrument that i was picked to be a minority quota kekw) and also cuz medschool and AC was just not something that i could make work.

You weren't kicked for people complaining about you being a low div player on the AC team, you were kicked because during your trial phase it was decided that from the way you were interacting with the community and the general quality of your reviews and case responses you were being too immature and inexperienced at the time to continue in the position.

MofuThe team and the way it worked (at least a year ago) is super disorganized, not very standardized or well explained, and nothing is done without the Senior Admin's approval, like even if everyone aggrees on something, you HAVE to wait for the Senior to close a case or take action, which makes the process slow, disengaging and boring.

Senior Admins don't necessarily have to give input, they are just (beside the Head Admins) the only ones with ban rights on the site, so you need either them or the Head Admin to apply bans. They/I usually prioritize for the team which cases should be worked on with a higher priority and usually give input as well, but if the majority of staff has already agreed to ban a player the Senior can't just put a stop to the investigation or anything like that unless there are serious reasons for a re-investigation of the evidence, which I don't think has really happened before, at least not since I have been in staff. A Senior Admin doesn't have to give their approval on bans, that's not their role. During an investigation their opinion is not valued higher than that of a simple AC admin.

MofuStuff as simple as someone alting could take up almost two weeks to be acted up upon even though i had all the evidence laid in a neat text with screenshots.

You edited this now after me correcting this error in a DM, but you wrote two months before your edit and you are on record saying it took three months in a public Discord. You have to be careful with details like this you cannot fully remember if you want to post a good critique that isn't misleading on a public forum.

MofuAlso some players are obviously using cheats and easily getting away with since the admin team is very stingy about what can be considered proof except when its a "bigger profile" case lol.
Also one thing i saw happen a few time was, a case gets open, it isnt reviewed for a week, then 1 person reviews it, gives a good detailed analysis, then the rest of the team """"reviews""" the case, without adding anything and just agree with the first guy. I feel like there was too much group influence for it to be a worthy jury. And maybe also sometimes laziness.

I won't deny that some cases take "too long to solve", but if inactivity becomes a bigger issue this usually gets addressed internally and we'll try to find a solution. It's unpaid volunteer work done during a staff member's free time and if people are inactive for a month because they have important exams coming up we can't force them to do anything.
If one person made a big effort with an investigation that takes some work off the other members, but they are still expected to do their own research and look at the material themselves to make sure the collected evidence is actually worth anything and to add their own thoughts. People don't blindly follow the first poster, there are disagreements and further inputs all the time. Most of your own reviews back then resemble exactly what you complain about here, to be quite honest.
I don't know what you mean with "bigger profile" case. If you think some players are "obviously using cheats" then please report them instead of making vague references here.

MofuLastly, closed cases are hidden from trials and even more worringly, some specific "sensitive" subject such as one of a certain sniper main are straight up hidden from everyone except the Senior Admin.

If a trial wants to re-look at a case they worked on again we can make it visible for them if they ask us to. We have to be careful with new AC members seeing old case material because there is a real issue of people attempting to join staff to gain info, potentially share it with others, and then leaving staff again. Putting solved cases behind full admin permissions creates an additional barrier. The specific case I think you mean is back to its usual visibility state because the original purpose of it being hidden has been met by now.

MofuI'd still like to say I respect the crap out of the current AC team, this shit's hard, boring, and honestly not something I would do again. All that volunteer work, if not to make comp a better experience, a playable one. I just made this post as more of a critique of the system than an attack on anyone.

I read some of your past public messages complaining about ETF2L AC being really dumb and a joke and our staff members being lazy, so I'm glad that you somewhat changed your opinion on us then.

posted 2 months ago
#119 tf2 scene in 2038 in TF2 General Discussion

I'd like to weigh in here. The ETF2L Anti-Cheat team does appreciate receiving constructive feedback even if it doesn't always seem that way to the community. I certainly prefer the constructive takes in this thread over stuff I have seen for previous bans from people with zero competitive experience who somehow still knew enough to commentate on ETF2L AC matters, apparently.
But unlike League Admins who are able to apply the feedback they get from polls or requests by testing or changing stuff up for the next season, the stuff we get is mostly about Anti-Cheat policies we absolutely cannot change. That we should share evidence or give out information regarding cases, for example. Or it is feedback that we are taking too long, acting too fast / that we ban people who are innocent, that we are biased and so on.
Due to the secretive nature of our positions we cannot talk much about our work, having to say the same thing over and over again to different people when we know it's not what they actually want to hear. You are frustrated, we are frustrated, but in the end this is just something we have to deal with because we know the negative effect it would have for AC otherwise.

To quote quintosh:

quintoshAs other people have assumed, "they can learn" has nothing to do with whether people code their own cheats or use paid public or private cheats. It has to do with the way they've configured whatever cheat they use, which values they use and which features they've used that caused them to appear on an AC's radar.

And after something like 8 years of being part of the AC staff I can tell you that certain do's and don'ts when it comes to cheating in competitive are still not public knowledge and as long as it is like that, a majority of cheaters will get
busted, simply because AC teams have withheld that specific information.

This cannot be stated often enough. You might not want to believe it without proof and I can't really blame you for that, it's good to remain skeptical sometimes. But if current staff members and previous staff members, some in this thread, say the same thing with different words I don't really know what else to say other than just believe that we aren't trying to bullshit you with excuses on purpose.
What I'd like to add as a different argument though is that we are also protecting our sources and reporters by not providing any information on what exact situation the cheating happened in. Revealing this can also have an effect not just in the trust reporters have for us but it may also remove our access to things that aren't really public knowledge if we share the sources, or reduce the value they give us for our own future investigations.
I cannot really comment on the "magic tools" we supposedly have, but it's really not as easy as that when investigating someone (sadly).
I think ban reasons were also mentioned in this thread. It's true that ETF2L had more precise ban reasons for cheating in the past, but in 2020 we decided to change the reason because they gave away what the AC team found, which seemed counterintuitive to our policy on information sharing, plus they might have led to some confusion in the community at times. A more general "Cheating" ban reason which the other TF2 leagues were also using seemed like the better solution.

AC admins make decisions to the best of their ability and understanding of the game, cheat tells and the case material, having policies in place to minimise the possibility of biased decision-making, requiring a majority of staff to agree with the findings without anyone pointing out a flaw in the investigation. If we have made any mistakes on any ban then we are genuinely sorry to those affected. We don't ban anyone for cheating simply because we dislike them. We judge the evidence that is available and only when we think it's conclusive enough we will ban, not before.
Now, Baud was mentioned in this thread, to which I'd just like to say that not only did he get banned for cheating twice and the bans were never overturned, but the decisions were also made by two different AC teams each time.

On the topic of perma bans:
Even with a permanent ban for cheating or getting 2 TF2 VACs it's not the end of the line, according to rule 6.2.1:

ETF2L General Rules6.2.1 Permanent Cheating Ban Appeals
Players who have been permanently banned from ETF2L for cheating may appeal their ban if certain conditions are met:
  • Their permanent ban was applied at least 2 years ago.
  • There have been no attempts to evade their ban. This for example includes creating alternate accounts on ETF2L or sharing accounts with other players.
  • They have not cheated again or received a TF2 VAC during their ban time.
  • There have not been any substantial behavior reports made against the player after their ban.
  • The ban did not happen after a previous appeal was already successful.
In order to file an appeal, please contact our admin staff on Discord. Decisions will be made at admin discretion.

The players have to follow these requirements and they can apply for an appeal two years after their permanent ban. Spamming recruitment posts with... weird stuff is not the way to go.

We would appreciate a more general interest in Anti-Cheat because the numbers of people who would want to do it, have the time and are qualified for it is decreasing. We get applications where you question yourself if it's a serious application or a troll, the user has a questionable league history or you have to worry about potential ulterior motivations to gain information, or they only want to focus on certain divs or gamemodes when we need people for the entire league. League experience sadly also isn't really an indicator for how useful of an AC admin will be judging from test case results I have seen from high to top div players (not going to name anyone). People see blatant cheating when it's not happening, and miss the stuff we actually wanted them to see or at least consider when analysing demos.
I wouldn't be surprised if at some point in the future, if no suitable replacements are found or they also left, that TF2 leagues will no longer have dedicated Anti-Cheat teams anymore and it might revert into some sort of weird mix of League/AC admin input like 2011 and before.
This doesn't only apply to EU, by the way. If any NA etc. players are reading this who want to give AC a try, please go for it and apply to your leagues.

I do wish that Valve would finally step up and do literally anything with VAC in TF2. Anti-Cheat generally has a massive backlog. Some cases are relatively "easy"; others take weeks or longer to investigate, meaning we have to prioritise while also not forgetting about the other cases we still have to work on. If you resolve a case, two new ones come in. Having VAC as a "backup" and a form of credibility (players banned for cheating who end up with a VAC later on) would help a lot, but that might remain wishful thinking until Valve shows a bigger interest in TF2 again.

posted 2 months ago
#28 tf2 scene in 2038 in TF2 General Discussion
BlackOutJonI wonder if ETF2L's 2037 bans are due to a 32-bit unix timestamp limitation

It is, yeah. If you apply a ban for the year 9999 for example it just does nothing. It might/will be fixed at a later point in time, it's not a priority at the moment. If you see a 2037 ban on a player profile it's meant to be a perma.

posted 2 months ago
#739 Formula 1 Megathread in Off Topic

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxDxkn1Onq4

posted 7 months ago
#708 Formula 1 Megathread in Off Topic

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBJCgrrQhx4

Still, please replace Masi lmao

posted 7 months ago
#11 favourite fragmovies ? in Videos

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RfxNOGBN88

posted 8 months ago
#11 TF2 update for 11/15/21 (11/16/21 UTC) in TF2 General Discussion

https://github.com/ValveSoftware/Source-1-Games/issues/3679
I'm assuming we might be getting community CTF map(s) with some custom player/intel interaction for Smissmass this year, not sure why they would prioritise the issue this much otherwise unless it was just a very easy fix to implement to help map makers.
It's a nice thing to have, but it's just frustrating that issues like these remain open for years:
https://github.com/ldesgoui/comp_6v6_bugs/issues/1
https://github.com/ValveSoftware/Source-1-Games/issues/2761
https://github.com/ValveSoftware/Source-1-Games/issues/3340

posted 8 months ago
#16 EU Newbie Mixes - Powered by newbie.tf & TF2IsPwn in Projects

Still looking for coaches :)
Edit: Also, if you think it's possible that you can do a shoutout about Newbie Mixes during your stream, on Twitter etc. to help bring more attention to us and getting new players interested, please reach out to me as well!

posted 9 months ago
#40 Copenhagen Games 2022: LAN is back! in LAN Discussion
Tob...

Adding onto this, be aware that most stores might be closed on Thursday and Friday (not sure if that includes supermarkets) as those days are public holidays in Denmark, so don't forget to bring important electronics like ethernet cables or power strips, adapters etc.: https://www.officeholidays.com/countries/denmark/2022
I remember us being a bit unprepared last time because Maundy Thursday is not a public holiday in Germany.

posted 9 months ago
#10 Ask Delphi in TF2 General Discussion

https://i.imgur.com/ynNgkHW.png

posted 9 months ago
#7 Copenhagen Games 2022: LAN is back! in LAN Discussion

cu@

posted 9 months ago
#5 MAJOR TF2 update for 10/5/21 (Scream Fortress XIII in TF2 General Discussion

https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=537075621&searchtext=
lol wtf

Edit: It's not restricted?? Or is that an error on this page.
https://i.imgur.com/g32R32b.png

posted 9 months ago
#67 Thank You Letter to RGL in TF2 General Discussion
nablaSince this is known and acknowledged it should also follow that the rule includes ways for players who are clearly not malicious to have some sort of forgiveness so that a moment of negligence doesn't result in them being banned for an entire season over two warnings they incurred potentially four years ago.

A moment of negligence is not being punished though? You aren't getting banned after your first infraction, you only get a warning unless it was a playoff match iirc. If you still fail to record demos after that there is something wrong with your config setup, hard-drive, you simply don't care, or you just forgot about the rule again after being warned about it already.

Wait, oh... https://rgl.gg/Public/PlayerProfile.aspx?p=76561198066923067

RGL 10/15/2020 10/15/2020 Failure to Submit Demos: 1st Offense
RGL 10/2/2021 10/16/2021 Failure to Submit Demos: 2nd Offense

Now this discussion makes more sense.

posted 9 months ago
#60 Thank You Letter to RGL in TF2 General Discussion
brodyrandom demo requests dont really make sense given how broken the demo recording systems are and how small the league is

It's rare that a demo recording ends up being corrupted in a way you cannot fix it anymore, the only time you really have to worry about it is if you think your hard-drive might fail in the next few months and at that point you should have a backup ready anyway or just get a new drive. Also just as a PSA, rejoining the match after a timeout will not restart the recording automatically with P-REC, so make sure to always start a manual demo recording once you rejoin the server.

brodyantlers should be given somewhat exceptional treatment given that his problem is directly caused by his efforts to do volunteer production work for RGL

This thread is just so weird, there were some events about RGL league staff being inconsistent in the past where I agreed with the complaints, but now you guys complain about RGL NOT being inconsistent? So you want some players to get preferential treatment over others because they support the league in some way etc.? That's a slippery slope and you know it. "Hey, that guy always casts some of our matches, let's overlook this demo infraction; hey, this guy is a 6s admin, let's just forget about them harassing others multiple times; hey, this guy donated $100 last week, let's overlook the time he used the Spy decloak script in the official." etc. you get what I mean.
This just seems like someone who has more backing in the community/is more "popular" got banned and you don't agree with it, I doubt this thread would exist otherwise and you couldn't care less about the actual rule itself. Admins shouldn't be biased in their decisions, don't be biased yourself.

posted 9 months ago
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