Community Wide Suggestions
Deleting/Reshaping current inactive servers
Death run: This is a stale game mode in and of itself, sid was removed from manager after I guess him not doing anything for it/is inactive on it, that's from what I know, don't slam me if I'm wrong. But there is no need for this server to still be up, other projects and servers could replace death run with an actual stable player base instead of a dead one, I personally believe that deleting the server and replacing it with something else is the best course of action.
Also, Minecraft Server ?
We can possible any game mode if we set our mind to it and with a proper team that genuinely cares about the server.
Work from ground up with gun team and development team
500 Grav, 40-50 sv_airacc
Balanced weapons with their own unique stats and values
XP system connected to TTT Vanilla (F3 menu would only have leader board)
Replace TTT2 with vanilla?
F4 Gun menu: Normal players are allowed to spawn with any pistol + 1 mag | VIP/donator are allowed to choose any Gun, pistol and grenade + Full mag. https://imgur.com/a/3kA6196
Good map rotation
No custom weapons/playermodels (Vanilla der)
Good variety in T/D weapons
A ranking system connected to the XP system that would display a certain rank based on your level (I have all the names and XP levels
Having a vanilla server increases the community variety for servers as well as adding one of the few actually good vanilla TTT servers where players can still grind for XP whether they be on TTT Custom or TTT Vanilla.
Current TTT Server Suggestions
Gun Team - A dedicated gun team made up of community members, staff and management that decide on gun statistics and values, with a gun team the TTT servers can slowly be revamped into a server that hasn't got broken weapons beyond belief, I feel that having a team of dedicated players that know the gamemode inside and out, instead of having one individual doing all the work and constantly tweaking the game files because something is 'too' broken or not broken enough is a good idea. It's hard to edit weapons on a TTT server, you're constantly tweaking stuff to fit a certain standard for the server, if you make something too broken, you either choose to make everything broken enough to fit that standard or going through the painful effort to make everything balanced enough.
Maps - https://docs.google.com/document/d/10LrZj24zxUQOFM-TO9OR9mRL07zca6ikPrlMw0bYF_4/edit - We don't need an excess of maps, we need fresh and new maps into the pool rotation as well as the removal of certain shit/over played maps.
Events - A specifically designed hud for events/when the next event will happen and a player score board for that particular event. Number 1,2,3,4,5
Double XP Weekend - Legit just a change in values for the game files, not hard to do, can increase traction and player popularity.
Google doc of suggested events: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1wRxAvX-Hw6cHlBe__cLgaC15hu23qg53N9o3xgcQNIY/edit
T/D Weapons - A relook into the current T and D weapons, seeing whats used and what isn't/if the Gun Team was ever made this would their area.
Do Boosters actually work?
Crates & Keys -
Remove getting keys from Titan crate: it's counter intuitive of getting a key for a worthless crate from a potentially really good crate.
Removal of Weapons - These are guns that serve no apparent use to anyone I/we have seen on the server, these weapons are either not used or are literally there to buffer for other weapons
AK-47 Redline - This weapon seems to be literally a copy of the vulcan, except worse. I mean you could change it to make it slightly unique for the players, fiddle with the stats to make it a genuine weapon of itself (Gun team would do this)
EM-6 - It's a higher magazine version of the m16, It's decent but is literally taking up space where other more unique guns could exist.
Olympia VS Blundergat - 2 virtually identical shotguns, high damage, high cone, etc. 1 could probably go.
M1911, Tec 9 and HK45C - They just exists for no purpose? No one uses it, its easily outclassed by any other pistol, even the glock.
KAC PDW - Vector but worse and is basically a placeholder for something that could of been better and more unique than what it currently is.
Ares Strike & Grenade Launcher - Grenade Launcher isn't in the game, its a Ares but its still its own class of gun, so its here. Its a reskinned HUGE, theres plenty of other options for the heavy type of class.
G3 - Its the exact same as the G3SG1, literally the same weapon.
Remington ?- This ones a bit of a question mark, it's a battle between this and The Raging Bull
Inventory expansion pack for VIP+
Inventory sorting button/menu - Sorts from most valuable e.g. Legendary>blue>green
Have the sorting menu include an outline of the weapons: Legendary is orange etc. (Like borderlands)
Regulars and Trusted rank in-game:
We need to increase the activity for the forums as an actual platform for discussion, development, updates, issues and suggestions instead of a glorified website for applying for staff, or appealing a ban. While I was moderator, the staff team toyed with the fact of deleting the forums and using the discord as a primary of communication, as it is now and having the website as a place for only appealing a ban, requesting a ban or applying for staff. Discord is the primary use of communication, don't get me wrong this is great, but we need the forums for updates, changelogs, discussion and varying forms of important communication.
Advertise updates on the forums like generic does for weapon changes.
Post polls on what players want, this was done by Menace previously, but only when I asked him to do it.
Incentive to sign up on the forums and join the steam group: "Join Flux Forums to receive an additional 10,000 points!"
Forum Legend: Senior Manage, Community Admin etc. Each rank you can click on.
Move around the addons for the forums, Whos active, who's online, who's birthday it is?
Profile Update, profile songs, profile description etc.
Community Sub forum
Issues & Suggestions
Change log - Update Panel
Developer Applications, lets face it, are needed for the community, we only have one developer and that's Menace. The rest of the management don't know how to develop at all, that's not a bad thing, but it isnt a great thing either. If we advertise developer applications on steam, forums, server and discord we are bound to get a few applications for the community. Setting up a developer applications would be much like applying for staff, except you would be more judged on your ability to develop than you're ability to be a staff member.
Template would look something like this:
Area of development you specialize in?
What can you bring to the community?
Tell us about yourself?
You realise that any content you make/help with will be strictly kept by Flux Servers and not be taken with you unless you are given permission to.
You understand that you will be on an extended trial period in which you will be assessed on your development skills?
Any examples of your current/previous work:
I understand that getting people to apply will be hard, and trusting people to develop your servers is harder, that's why the developers will be on a trial period and have a set amount of power on any individual panel or server.
Trial Developer - Extremely limited access while on trial period: Whatever tasks designated by management
Junior Developer - Limited access: Whatever tasks designated by management
Developer - Limited access: Whatever tasks designated by management
Gun Team Applications - People can apply to be apart of the Gun Team: Complete discretion (if a gun change is coming up that only the gun team knows about, you can't share that info with threat of demotion or further punishment), a set level of hours on the server/TTT, previous gmod staffing roles, etc.
This is an extremely touchy subject, I'm going to word this very carefully because everything that comes out of my mouth sounds toxic and demanding, it is and thats the way I suggest, Im sorry for that. Management is inactive, lets face it and it isn't their fault, really it isn't, GMOD gets boring, the community gets boring, they have actual fucking lives they need living and don't need to be on the server 24/7 or being a manager 24/7. We all get that and I do, and I'm sure a great majority of the player base understand and respect the position that many of these staff hold and the reason they hold it. Taylor is inactive as hell, he may do a few things behind the scenes but all in all he is very inactive, but he earned his rank, from what I know he's basically a co founder of Flux, including Generic, they're both as much of Owners as Menace is in his own right. But, when Gmod is dissipating quickly and the remaining community's draw in the remaining number of players and try to keep their own community attracted to their style of game. it becomes increasingly more apparent that each community needs a well fit, active management team that actually genuinely cares about the server and the community and strives to keep it up, help players out and reinvents new concepts and actively tries new things.
I wasn't the best moderator, I wasn't the best person, that's extremely clear, I'm extremely toxic and extremely annoying to deal with, amen. But, I care about the community and the server that i actively play, I spent 1000 hours on Poseidon and got staff their several times not because I was the nicest person but because I genuinely cared about the community, like I care about this one. Ive been riddled with 'infractions' over my time as staff on flux TTT, from rdming, abuse, harassment and supposed negligence among many, many other things, but to be honest, its hypocritical and I can say that confidently because I truly believe ive got a lot of people who agree with me that a majority of upper management have done worse off than me, and that's saying something if you have ever met me, the hypocrisy from upper management and the general attitude for the community is disheartening to say the least. You have staff who do what they please, then hiding behind some loophole of the rules, punishing a player for an X reason then not doing so for another, getting warned for targeted harassment and abuse, when the person who warned either does it himself or lets his 'friends' do the exact same and worse.
But I genuinely am fine with it in the end, because at the end of the day these upper management at the very least have been doing something for the community instead of just doing wrong. They've earned their spot for their rank and shouldn't be taken out of it even though what they have previously done/continue to do is more shocking than what I do in a year. I was talking to alot of people about what they think of management, all in all, 'inactive' and 'they don't care' came up a lot. Management do care, most of us know this but they don't actively show it and would rather play other games they enjoy rather playing one where they either get targeted or get yelled out, to cut it dry I suggest the implementation of the 'Advisor' role, a backseat role for middle to upper management who don't really/decide not to do much community wide decisions or implementations anymore, to be clear the role is still apart of management, they are included in management decisions and have the commands and power (server wise) that they would previously had (Super Admin) but they aren't necessarily needed for management changes and community wide changes anymore, leaving certain individuals who are active on the community and more free time on their hands to actually support and benefit the community, depending on Menace these Advisors would still have server access too.
@Management @Staff Please at least consider this at the very least, me and a few others have actively gone out of our for a very, very long time to put this together and we feel that these changes could positively impact the community and the server as a whole (especially the gun team xd) Special thanks to @Hakkem @Pixels @corn for helping me with this post, fuck it took long. To the community, if you can, please read over this seriously and any staff and players that have any other thing to implement here or debate about, you're more than welcome to do so.