The following news post derives from a decision which the current staff members of MapleTowers have been discussing all week. It involves private servers, which I am sure most of you have realised has unfortunately become a common practice amongst MapleStory players.
To sum up this news post briefly, it has been decided that Private Servers will remain a BANNED from being a topic of discussion on MapleTowers. (Although we will be lenient if they are referred to briefly, and negatively.)
In your Character Info sections, it has been decided that you cannot put private server information in it. However we are letting you enter in your private server character name, level and job; we will turn a blind eye to it. However, I reiterate - you must NOT abuse this allowance, you must NOT say it is from a private server, and your job is NOT allowed to be "GM". You also cannot mention the name of the private server, but I would have thought that be obvious by this point.
But they're legal, why this new rule?
From everything we have researched, private servers are NOT legal. Lindsay has invested a reasonable amount of time into researching this. From what we understand about MapleStory private servers, the server code was leaked initially, and all the private servers are derived from that. If this is true, then private servers are illegal no matter what. The only way that private servers are legal is if they are emulators. That is to say, they were derived from their own server code that has no connection to Wiznet, other than the fact that they use the same client to play; this is legal. Emulators take years and many talented people to create. We highly doubt MapleStory Private Servers are emulators, or else they'd be called as such.
Well NXJoe has said it's okay!
We have searched other forums, as well as the main Nexon forums, for proof of this claim. We have not been able to find it. At any rate, just because Nexon does not pursue the removal of Private Servers does not mean they are legal, or even that we would allow discussion of them. Once again, Private Servers are essentially pirated software which removes player usage from Nexon. We highly doubt Nexon is "okay" with the existence of Private Servers, and anyone who thinks that is deluding themselves.
And if we're right, you're wrong?
If eventually it turns out to be this case, then it is still a matter of our discretion. We certainly do not agree with the existence of Private Servers, though we do recognize that it is inevitable we will have members who play on them. For now, if you want to be a part of the MapleTowers community, you should respect our rules regarding this. Even if you think we're wrong, we're sure you'll agree that at least we've come to a reasonable decision, yes?
- You may not discuss private servers.
- You may not name private servers.
- You may not call yourself a GM in your character info sections, or mention if it comes from a private server.
- All this also coveys to PMing. We have set up a monitor so that if you so much as mention private servers in your PM's, it will alert us and we will read it! We are mostly concerned with advertising, however, so if you're talking to someone you already know on a Private Server about said server, that's fine, within reason. =P
We will give you a week to remove the banned character information, after that we will start removing them ourselves - and issue warns to anyone who is purposely being an asshat about it.