We are back online again!
Sadly the server is again under attack and was removed from the network by our provider.
Last days W3Arena.net - Its website and chatserver - have been under DDoS attack by qman. The issue is that he demands that Elftrain leaves the team because he thinks that Elftrain didn't function well as an admin. The point of this all, is that it happend in the period when Elftrain began working with us in the W3A-Team about a year ago. Issues were resolved back then, but qman back than, already attacked us for the first time, about a year ago, because we had Elftrain on the team.
After E-mailing with qman alot last year, we came to the conclusion that I would talk and discuss the issues with Elftrain and it would be good like it is.
Last weeks, we have banned qman completely from W3Arena after he insulted a user very hard. We did so because we felt that we needed to ban him now, since last year we were vulnerable and we couldnt do it. Last year, we were still running W3Arena on Pads private server which he also used for his company he still owned back then. It ment that his customers were suffering from it as well. This is why we didn't ban him. This time however, after seeing his behaviour, we banned him.
Qman proclaimed that we writein our policy that we only mute players who flame, and not ban completely. So he keeps asking why he is banned instead of muted. But every person with a normal mind will understand that after everything qman did in the entire Warcraft 3 past, last year on W3Arena with first DDoS attacks, and continues flaming on W3Arena, we decided to ban him.
Since qman was getting angry that we ignored him, he decided to attack us again. Over, and over again now. We first set an agreement in which he would donate 50 Euro to W3Arena and he would just get muted and not banned anymore. However, foolish as we were to negotiate with him, after we had unbanned him and he was on W3Arena, he kept attacking and now again, wants Elftrain out of the team. He tried to blackmail us into saiying how we should remove him or he would keep attacking us. While we already discussed this last year and it wasn't Elftrains decision to ban qman but a decision which we have discussed within the team.
First he started attacking the W3Arena website, but then he also attacked the chatserver. We can't seem to make a deal with him, because if we do, he just wants more and more.
Also, when we take a look at the Banning policy we have, there is an important line: "There can always be specific situations which require our personal view and may result into a different banning period than the ones listed below."
This is such situation in which we decided to give our personal view and it resulted into banning qman instead of muting him. So even when qman points us to our own policy, we simply sticked to it since this is a totally different situation than normal flames.
Today, I, DeathWing, tried to E-mail with him and talk about how he'd be able to play on W3Arena fully muted but not banned and if anything odd would happen with Elftrain or any other W3Arena staffmember or user, I would be his first contat. Again, he said he would be fine with everything of this, after Elftrain leaves the team.
The point which qman doesn't seem to get, is that we, the team of W3Arena, have spent many, many hours, money, effort and motivation into this project and WE will be the ones who decide who is good enough to be in our team, even though someone needs a bit of guidance in the start because after all, we are all humans and we can all make mistakes. We are behind Elftrain in this situation and he has always done a great job! There were issues but they have been resolved and everything should be fine now with him and his work on our team.
The server and when you can play
I cannot give an exact time of when the system will be available again. All I can say is that we are working hard on solutions for the W3A-Website, Chatserver and even the Replayers.com website in the end, because the Replayers page also turned to a victim of qman. We will keep you informed about what else is happening to the server(s). We appreciate your patience and are very joyfull to see how much you love W3Arena and how you support us!