In the last couple of months I have seen some trends taking place on our COD4 DM server. A positive thing is that I've seen an increase in the amount of visitors. It used to be kind of special to have more than 20 players online at the same time during the busy part of the days, but now it has become more of a rule instead of an exception. I see a lot of new faces passing by everyday, which is nice to see.
Of course, that also has its drawbacks. With this I mostly refer to the spawnkilling which seem to have increased along with the amount of players. This makes sense as busier servers also imply that the probability that someone will make a spawnkill and/or will be spawnkilled increases. With this last trend I think it is important that we as admins become a bit more strict at times. I see some players coming by every day to abuse our rules once again who first get a verbal warning instead of an official one. Even though you can be sure that they will do it again as they do know the rules. I think it would make sense to punish these players more easily and to get rid of them faster if they fail to behave on our server.
Furthermore, I also see it sometimes happening that admins are playing while the server is very crowded, leading to a lot of spawnkilling on smaller maps (i.e. Broadcast). I completely understand that it is more fun to play the game instead of adminning and I am also guilty of it myself to play while it might be better to be in spec and assess the behavior of other players. However, I think we as admins have the duty to keep the server going in the right direction. This also implies to sometimes sit in spec and assess other players instead of gaming.
This post is not about judging the behavior of any member and/or admin or pointing with a finger to anyone, but I think it is good to keep in mind that we might be able to do a better job in our strictness and to what extent we control our servers. It happens imo too often that players are leaving due to the sk's, which really is a shame in my opinion. And I think that a critical stance towards our own functioning, including myself, is good if we want to keep on improving and to keep our servers as crowded as they currently are.