The purpose of rules on this server and others like it, is not just to keep the peace, but to also maintain a fun environment for all players. When someone breaks the rules they disrupt the peace and show a disrespect to all, both players and staff.We all follow the rules for this reason, so we can all have fun and enjoy the game play.When someone gets banned some of us do not like it, because we may like the decision was to harsh or that person was for the most part a good person. Or perhaps a temp ban would have been enough.I am no different I have felt this also, but think of it this way.We all follow the rules, we all enjoy the time we play on here, if someone chooses to break those rules what they are saying is, that they do not want to play by or follow the rules. When this happened's the peace for all is broken. So the mod/staff member must make a decision to return the peace to the server for all. Although its not a nice thing to see banning someone happen, the staff do a great job in keeping the servers clean and it is not an easy thing for them to do. Banning ppl you know is even harder for the mod/staff member.However any player found taking advantage of another or breaking the rules in a bad way should always be banned.There is enough warnings given out to ppl time and again. Putting the staff in the position of having to make this kind of decision is a real mark of disrespect to them and to all other players who play fair.As much as I dislike ppl being banned as i am sure other ppl do, I dislike ppl taking advantage or breaking the rules and effecting the game play of other players even more.As for if it is a fair judgement on the person being banned, it is between them and the moderator who banned's them.The correct way to appeal is to contact the moderator directly by starting a conversation with them and not posting a "Should I be unbanned" thread in the forums.Asking such a question of the community, only shows more disrespect to the moderator that banned you because what you are really saying is that they are wrong in the decision they have made.Moderator's take there instrutions form the owners of the server who over a long period of time and through long discussions come up with a set of rules that we are all made aware of when we sign up to EMC.We take it, that the judgements that all staff make when they ban someone is sound and that the person banned should have been banned for what they did as we support the staff of EMC. If a staff member deems it that they may have been too harsh in their judgement or new evidence comes to light then they may see fit to unban the person. That can only happen if the person banned goes to them directly and not post on the forums and only if they are genuinely innocent or the moderator believes the person is truly sorry for what they did and may reduce a perm ban to a temp ban. But again any and all decisions are made by them and not us the community, this is why moderators are chosen to moderate the servers. When a person gets banned they have not only let themselves down and lost out on being able to play on a great server with a great community but they let down the ppl the play with.So if you ever find yourself in this position remember you know the rules and you broke them, do not then go to the community asking should you be unbanned instead go to the moderator and follow the appeal process that is what it's there for.