It's here! The anti-griefing update is LIVE!Please note that this system isn't perfect, but is as close as we could get with the logistics involved. This update is simply meant to protect players against major destruction and is not a full blown protection system. Outposts (Residence in the Frontier) will be the full protection system in the future.EMC's anti-griefing system is designed to prevent griefers from breaking blocks without the owner's permission. If someone does try to break a player's block without permission, the block will be protected, and they will receive an error. The anti-griefing system is available in the Frontier and Wastelands (with limits) worlds. To learn about Town's separate protection system, see the Residences page.How do I protect my blocks?Most decorative blocks and tile entity blocks (e.g. paintings) are always protected. However, common blocks like Dirt, Cobblestone and sand are not protected by default when placed by a player.If you are building and you want to ensure that your common blocks are protected if they are part of your build, then please enable Build Mode. To toggle Build Mode on and off, use the command/buildmode. It is default off every time you log in.Any blocks which you place while you have Build Mode enabled are automatically protected. Note: liquids (lava and water) as well as crops are not protected. You should only enable Build Mode when you are building outposts or other structures - if you're mining or traveling between areas, please do not enable it (disable it if you enabled it) - otherwise you'll be unintentionally making it harder for other players to mine and travel in those areas.NOTICE: Build mode is not usable in the Wastelands, as you should not be creating permanent structures there. However, the uncommon blocks, including the decorative and high-value items, will inherit the default protection status to protect them from being griefed. If you must build a temporary structure in the Wastelands, use uncommon blocks.What are my blocks protected from?Blocks which you place while in build mode cannot be broken by players who do not have your permission, TNT, nor creeper explosions. However, if you want to prevent players taking items out of containers such as chests, you still need to lock them with a lock sign (learn more about these on the Feature Signs page). Other players aren't able to use lock signs on containers which you place while in Build Mode. Players are still able to use items placed in build mode - for example, they're able to open and close doors. Animals you spawn using spawn eggs aren't protected.Are there exceptions to the protection?Liquids, crops, and physics affected entities are not protected, even if placed while in Build Mode. This includes sugar cane, lilypads, water, lava, potatoes, etc.Containers are NOT protected from being opened under the Anti-Griefing update. In order to adequately protect the contents of a container, you MUST use lock signs.Who can break my protected blocks?By default, your protected blocks can be broken by your friends (learn about this on the Friends System wiki page), people currently in a group with you and people you or your friends have vouched for. If you would like to restrict who is able to break your blocks further, you can do so in the anti-grief section of /settings. If you would like to completely disable group members from breaking each others blocks as a result of being in the same group of each other and you are the leader of the group, use /gr blockbreak.How do vouches work?A vouch is a way of giving someone temporary permission to break your or one of your friends' protected blocks. Each vouch lasts 30 minutes, but will expire early if you vouch on behalf of a friend who is offline and that friend connects to the SMP or the person who you are vouching for disconnects from the SMP. You cannot vouch on behalf of friends who are currently online (They can control their own vouches).To vouch for someone to break your blocks, use /vouch [player name]To vouch for someone to break one of your friend's blocks, use /vouch [player name] [friend's name]. You can only do this if they haven't disabled friend vouches in their player settings.It is against EMC rules to vouch for someone on behalf of a friend with the knowledge that they intend to grief that friend's builds, and will be dealt with as such. Vouches are logged for Staff reference.Am I allowed to break unprotected blocks that were placed by another player?No. Griefing is still against EMC's rules. If it was obviously player built, leave it alone! The system is here to prevent you from doing something you're not supposed to and covers 95% of the issues. If you find a corner case that goes around the system, that does not mean it is ok and you will be punished.