I'm writing this post to clear up potential confusions and misunderstandings regarding how Partners are treated and punished on ViperMC.
First, I want to make it clear that there has never been any defined special treatment for partners, whether it comes to reporting a player, or getting reported themselves. We don't endorse abuse for partners, or specific players, and we never will. However, I do agree that there have been many situations (that involve partners) that have been poorly handled in the past.
Now, I would like to address claims that partners don't get punished, as well as claims that partners have the ability to get anyone banned. In the far past, our plugins had an anti-grief safeguard that made it impossible for a Partner rank to be banned, which meant that when we were to punish a partner, we'd first have to remove their rank, and then ban. This safeguard made it impossible for lower ranking staff members to deal with Partner situations, and also made it extremely difficult for these situations to be handled at a timely matter (since to remove and grant a Partner rank, it had to be done by a developer, through console). In some cases, this led to the appearance that the reports were "ignored" or "pushed under the rug", which was never the case.
Due to this safeguard making it difficult to punish partners in-game fast, many...