Hello, fellow referees. I think you all deserved ref powers, that is respectful. But there is one thing that troubles my mind.
One particular incedent made me certain that not every single ref understands what responsibility he has.
That is very sad fact, I am going to try to prevent such cases now by explaining.
I hope this will be a good reminder on how a ref should act: with common sense.
Will make it in a form of "ref abuse" post.
Okay, so I got 2 big things that didn't please me really much in actions of particular ref.
- Not knowing the rules
- Not figuring what situation is before taking ref actions
- Not understanding what the rules and refs are for
Wow, 2 became 3 after taking a closer look.
The whole story
So I was playing on a nice evening and found a funny place to leap to on eden2, a hill in the middle.
Jumped on it and decided to rip humans off their chiprels they didn't care about.
After making a couple of tempshots I was slain by ref who said DO THAT AGAIN AND ITS KICK
That chiprel revenge thing blew my mind, it was a total disrespect to ref role and mistunderstanding it's purpose. Didn't see that for... can't remember tbh.
I didn't do anything bad and police officer should at least tell me why he arrests me, no?
That's not the thing at all though, thats introduction.
So I decided to start recording and try to make him actually talk about what he is doing and why.
Went there again to temp a few more chiprels. After another SLAY
we had a dialog (ref was constantly playing t1):[ME] any words, ref?[ref] don't exploit?[ME] eploiting = using game mechanics in the way they weren't intended to be used to SPOIL THE GAME. so explain yourself(RULE that covers my case: Avoiding map limitations ... to gain unfair advantages (e.g capping flags or sawmills.))[ref] you'r on top of a mountain that you cant walk up on[ME] did I kill shield or sac something or (examples like the rules have)? What did I do?[ref] sniping people from a mountain = exploit[spec] Did he snipe people from there?[ME] no
after a brief period (ref relocked to base) REFKICK
Any proper reason or explanation? Now I can start to think that exploring is WORST CRIME EVER. I didn't do anything bad, why kick IN THE MIDDLE OF OUR ARGUMENT?
I am terribly sorry that I didn't help my team at that time (comm ordered me to kill sensor, but I have no right to temp it from such spot), but beat team was winning so I decided I can have some free time.
Hope this will make one of numerous mapmakers fix this exploit spot on such a popular map.
That's my complaint as a player. I nevermind the fact I got the kick, who cares.
Now I want to break it down as a ref. Why was a player that didn't (hope that is clear) break rules kicked? There is a chief principle of common sense that should NEVER be forgotten by one with the ref powers:You don't do ref actions if you do not know the situation
If you lose it you are a criminal. There's more "tips" that should be under a ref's skin.
Not understanding a single one of those lines is a sin.
- You really HAVE to see rulebreaking act before doing anything with your god powers. There was no damage to any team, no scouting
- If you are going to ref you have to be ref, not player. At least go to spec to understand what's going on
- The point of refing is to keep games fair and stable. Your punishing powers are to counter insults or cheats
- You CANNOT kick someone without a reason that community can understand. Personal reasons are not for a ref
- Punishing is for bad guys. Punishing harmless behavior makes a poor lesson for bad guys
So my message for everyone is this:
Refs, you are the justice league. You have no right to forfeit common sense when you are tired, drunk, or something else.
I know someone can piss you off. But when you feel great anger or apathy you can not ref
It's fine to joke with refpowers in warmup, but punishing is serious thing. Not every player here is Razer or megaerathia, you HAVE to investigate and understand what you are doing.
Please, read underlined text again for me, thank you for reading the whole post.