Frequently asked questions
What's a FAQ?
This FAQ is where the moderation team will answer the most asked questions relating to our server. It was originally written by Sciz, but has been updated by Fizz with more recent info.
The latest revision of this FAQ is 4 October 2021.
Who is Sciz and where did he go?
Scizornician aka Sciz is a past administrator of our server, who headed projects such as Scizbot and was our main developer. Sciz left the site to focus on his own life. Most of his projects are now obsoleted.
Can you restart the server?
Yes, we can! We don't own the VPS that hosts the server, but administrators can use a command called
/hotpatch that will force a restart and an update. Pokemaster also has a script that updates the server automatically on a daily basis, so the server runtime should never get extreme. This no longer works.
If you're curious how long it has been since the last restart, try typing
Can I get a promotion?
For promotions, we're looking for people who lead by example, and show a continued interest in our community and server. Usually, they're the same people who are promoted on the main PokeBase site. We also promote on a needs basis.
If you're a good presence on the server, trustworthy and of good maturity, you'll work your way through the ranks with time. It is important you are a respected user among DB folk.
I can't post messages in the server because 'moderated chat is on'. What gives?
As a default, we enforce the most basic level of moderated chat on our server. This prevents accounts that have not been 'autoconfirmed' from posting messages. To autoconfirm your account and post messages, wait until your account is a week old, and win at least one game on the main Pokemon Showdown server.
In times where the chat becomes chaotic, we may enforce a higher level of moderated chat, such as to require Voice (+) to send messages. We only enforce this temporarily, though.
We keep the autoconfirmed policy on constantly to protect the server against spam, and abuse of alt accounts. We won't turn it off if you ask us to: just wait until your account is naturally allowed in.
Where can I discuss (e.g. make suggestions for) the server?
A number of places, in fact. Feel free to leave an answer on this thread with your feedback or suggestions, or even post a new meta thread. If you want to contact a staff member, you can do that through private message, mentioning our name on Showdown (if we're online), or our walls.
If it's an extended discussion you want, you'll get the most visibility posting a new thread.
Why was I banned?
Can you not answer that question yourself?
You probably got banned either for being a negative presence (and declining to stop when told), or as an extension of a ban you received here on PokeBase.
Feel free to discuss your ban with the person who issued it (if you're able), but do not expect staff members to annul the decisions of other staff.
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