Due to my mini absence to get hitched to a certain Moose, this news has both March and April news.February Referral Contest ResultsMost Clicks (receive blocks of clickyness):1st: OmegaDustMC2nd: Olaf_C3rd: ElectricSparxMost Referrals (receive voucher prize):Gold Voucher: Olaf_C**due to minimum referrals, there was no 1st/2nd/3rd placeMarch Referral Contest ResultsMost Clicks (receive blocks of clickyness):1st: OmegaDustMC2nd: Quartzic3rd: Olaf_CMost Referrals (receive voucher prize):Gold Voucher: Olaf_C**due to minimum referrals, there was no 1st/2nd/3rd placeCommunity Appreciation Award ResultsAs seen here: http://empireminecraft.com/threads/empire-community-appreciation-awards-july-december-2015.62258/The results are in. This time, I'm going to include a mini-summary of what the players that nominated these fine players had to say in fancy bullet-points. Let's start, in no particular order...Khixanan all-out amazing personmakes all these public utilities and much much more for everyone and she gets everyone working togethera kind and friendly person you can turn to for a nice chat or to help find a solutionselflessly does things for others, even when it may inconvenience herKytulaShe participates, speaks up about things and in all is a very friendly and active playerVery friendly and kind I liked how she made a teleport hub for all of us smp1'ers, which in my opinion helped a lot of people outEven though her participation might seem less than others she is there where it countsShelLusergoes out of their way to ensure that new players understand the serveralways is willing to helpalways posts in a polite and organized way and being respectful about other people's opinionsHis organization, GRIP, is extremely helpful to griefed players1.9 Draws Ever CloserAikar and the devs are hard at work trying to get us updated. The major bug that was holding us back is no more and they actually had the opportunity to load the build up on the test server. We don't have an exact release time set yet, but now that we can test, we're definitely one step closer. We even added a fancy banner at the top of the forum pages with a link to a fancy picture. Now the devs just have to focus on teaching Marlix the proper way to get himself dressed in the morning (see this for reference) and staff get to attempt to break anything and everything in the testing phase so we can make sure it all works right when you guys get it.Aikar keeps the Empire updated on this and other awesome code on his livestream. Like our facebook page to see when he goes live. It's Aikar Live! This is not to be missed people Mumble and You: Words Hurt More Than You KnowOften it is too quickly forgotten that behind the voices and text, there are (normally) living and breathing humans. This means that when you say hurtful things to others in Mumble, although they may not act out in retaliation, they aren't unaffected. Cyber bullying is a BIG issue on the internet and here on EMC, we work with the community to prevent that. But it's a bit different than the clear logs in-game...Mumble doesn't have voice logs and recording is off limits, except in the appropriate channels. Therefore, if someone is mean to you, it's been nearly impossible for a staff member to have real evidence. However, due to some players on Mumble abusing this nature of Mumble and bullying others (which I am extremely upset about) we will be modifying the Mumble reporting process for the time being. The updated guidelines are outlined below. Reports:Any Mumble issue should be reported to Krysyy directly via pmcm.emc.gs with any and all witnesses include if they are testifyingIf 3 witnesses testify to issues from an account that staff deems against the Mumble policies, that account will be tempbanned from Mumble for 1 week as a starting point. Repetitive instances will result in longer periods of punishment.False testifying can result in your own account being tempbanned. This reporting system is something not to be abused and is meant to help the players that we haven't been able to help. Please don't use this system incorrectly.So what could you get reported for?Inappropriate LanguageWe are still semi-lax about this in Mumble. Accidents happen and a simple warning usually sets people right. If someone is cursing more than what can be considered accidental, then please report the issue to a staff member. We aren't an R-rated server guys/gals. You can manage to keep the chat appropriate in order to keep things fun and family friendly for everyone to be able to enjoy Mumble.Rudeness/BullyingBeing rude is not allowed and repetitive instances is considered bullying. Don't do it EVER and you won't have any issues. Treat others how you expect them to treat you. If you expect someone to call you names and make fun of you, then message me, because we have other problems.Spamming/Not Utilizing Push to Talk When NecessaryIf your mom/grandma/husband/little kid is shouting in the background, the other players on Mumble don't want to have the line spammed with your personal issues broadcasting across the channel. Once in a blue moon is an accident. Every time you are online is blatant disregard for the people in the channel.If someone uses text to speech, be courteous when chatting in the text boxes. Using it specifically to spam them is not allowed.Have questions about these Mumble policies? Please ask! My inbox is wide open at pmcm.emc.gs.