The RUST Admin Glossary

An exclusive list of terms and phrases for RUST Admins

Sometimes in life, when we turn the page on chapter one, we often retrospectively recognize how much past reading can influence and inspire chapter two. What we believed we were finished with persists in the back of our minds, often giving us the feeling that maybe we missed something in the original pages. Lo and behold, we were right!

RUST isn’t just for those that play it to get their jollies; for some taking the form of an obligation. Admins, server owners, and moderators are all required so that the primary demographic can have a more enjoyable experience, though presumably invisibly. Just as the players have their own phrases, so too do these mega-nerds.

We have compiled the RUST Admin Glossary of terms and phrases to bridge the language gap between veteran admins and those becoming junior-junior chat mods for the first time. It is important to preface that while there may be overlapping phrases with the original RUST Glossary, all terms given in this context will be done from the perspective of administrative officials.

Commands

TermSyntax ExampleDescription
Connectconnect localhost:port A manual method for connecting to a server using the server’s IP in the in-game console.
ConsoleF1Usually, key bound and used to enter camera debug mode, which allows admins to move around invisible and unimpeded while their character model remains in place.
Debug & Free Camdebug.debugcameraThis is often key bound and used to enter camera debug mode to move around invisible and unimpeded while the character model remains in place.
God Modegod true or god falseA toggle command for receiving damage from all sources.
Keybindbind key actionBind “key” “action” – how to manually bind keys for common actions or admin commands.
Layerslayer.toggle world and layer.toggle clutterBindable layer commands for improving visibility when surveilling players by enabling and disabling world layers.
No Clipdebug.noclip Admin Redbull; it gives you vings.
Skip Nightenv.time numerical_variableOften requested by players to skip the night cycle.
Spectate & Respawnspectate steam_id and respawn A method for first-person spectating a player or respawning thereafter.

Oxide / UMOD

TermDescription
Admin HammerAn essential admin-exclusive mod that allows for easy information gathering.
Better Chat Mute (BCM)Better Chat Mute – advanced, permanent or timed muting plugin for more control over chat offenders
CommunityA server designation for servers that utilize no GUI modifiers or other mods that change how the developers intended RUST to be played. Specific admin-exclusive mods are allowed.
Plugin / ModCode used to inject new content or modify existing content onto a specific RUST server for an intended purpose.
ModdedA server designation for servers that utilize any GUI modifiers or other mods that change the way that the developers intended RUST to be played.
Queue SkipBoth an administrative tool to see players and entities and a cheating apparatus that players using hacks will use to gain an unfair advantage over other players.
Radar / Admin RadarBoth an administrative tool to see players and entities, as well as a cheating apparatus that players using hacks will use to gain an unfair advantage over other players.
VanishThe act of using the vanish plugin to become invisible to players in game.

General Terms

TermDescription
AdminAn interchangeable term used to describe anyone with permissions over server functions is used synonymously with ‘mod.’
Admin AbuseAny allegation, direct or implied, towards a server staff citing favoritism, interference, or deception by the tenants.
AltTypically used in the context of an account, meaning an alternate account with or without bans that violate a server’s policy. Also, see smurf account.
Chat ModLow-tier server official, usually tasked with the moderation of chat formats only, but varies per server.
CommunityServer context, relating to a categorization of player-owned servers that do not modify the game beyond what the development team views as ‘vanilla’. Also relates to the tenants of a server as a whole, as in ‘the community.’
KOSKill On Sight, admin context used to describe the PVP condition of a server config, be it PVP or PVE, with or without unfettered Kill On Sight permissions.
NPCNon-Player Characters, also referred to as Bots
PVEPlayer Versus Environment, implying that players may only harm and be harmed by nonplayer characters (NPCs.)
PVPPlayer Versus Player, the default standard of Rust vanilla servers, implies that players may damage and be damaged by other players and NPCs.
QueueOn servers exceeding their population limit, a queue is formed that delegates the order in which connecting players are able to connect.
RP (Role Play)Often used interchangeably with PVE, role play is a newer form of server configuration in Rust, promoting the non-combative aspects over the more violent portions.
Smurf (Account)An alternate Steam account, usually associated with nefarious purposes, is commonly used to absorb bans and perpetrate illicit activity while maintaining the integrity of ‘main’ accounts.
Steam IDA unique 17-digit numerical sequence that represents a specific Steam account is used as the chief determinant of identification when performing admin functions.
TeleportAs an action, the capacity to move instantly between two points on a RUST map. 

As a term used by the community, used to describe an unnatural movement believed to be cheating or an action to make present a player before an admin quickly

As a command, used to perform a variety of player movement tasks.
WipeUsed to describe an end-event relating to a server’s current map or player data within the context of replacing them with a new map and fresh ‘wipe’ of blueprints. Passively used as a threat to remove another player’s territorial markings on a map, often said after a confrontation.
Wipe ScheduleThe chronological calendar of when ‘wipe’ will take place on a server, encapsulating descriptors such as Weekly, Biweekly, Monthly, and the like, used by players to determine what timeline they’d like their RUST experience to abide by.

Cheat / Violations

TermDescription
AssociationShorthand for the act of being banned from a server due to associating with known cheaters, in direct violation of the Facepunch Terms of Service
BanDisciplinary action is taken by either a server administration team or a game developer to remove the capacity to play (either a server or game) from a specified Steam account.
Ban EvasionActions taken to deliberately circumvent a ban to regain access to a server, usually using an alternate account.
Dox(xing)Disclosing personal information about other persons without permission or context, typically for intimidation, defamation, or other malicious purposes, often leading to actual criminal behavior as a result.
EAC BanDisclosing personal information about other persons without permission or context, typically for intimidation, defamation, or other malicious purposes, often leads to actual criminal behavior as a result.
ESPOften synonymous with Radar, ESP relates to the allegation that a specific player or group are utilizing cheating software to see what should not be able to be seen, such as players at great distance or concealed behind objects.
Game BanAny ban placed upon an account directly by the Game Developer, resulting in (typically) permanent restriction from their platform and those games applicable to their oversight.
KickBrief removal from connection to a server or service, either intentional or incidental, often spontaneous and allowing for immediate reconnection. This action is often done from an admin perspective to gain a non-responsive player’s attention.
MuteDisciplinary action is taken to remove an account’s ability to communicate through text or verbally at the discretion of an admin team.
ScriptingAny form of automated coding used to gain an advantage within a game over other players not doing the same. Contextually, some scripts, such as those to play music within RUST, are acceptable, while those used to remove recoil when firing weapons are highly bannable
Server / Community BanAny ban given by a community/modded, privately owned server or server group to a Steam account is not at all enforced or endorsed by a game developer or anti-cheat software.
ToggleThe act of binding the capacity to use a cheat or cheat program feature to a key, often to avoid detection and appear less obvious to the trained eye.
VAC BanBan dispensed by the Valve Anti-Cheat system, beyond the scope of game developers or individual server owners.
Wall HackMuch the same as ESP when reported, this is the assumption that players are able to predictively target and fire on targets beyond their sight, often through or at walls.
“Brother Did It”The most prevalent rationality used to appeal bans on cheating accounts is cited by hundreds of thousands yearly. Younger brothers are the scourge of the honest RUST player and are almost always the sole reason for action being taken against cheaters. See also, ‘I got hacked!’

Team Limit

TermDescription
AuthShorthand for Authorization, most prominently referenced in this context by Tool Cupboard authorizations, as well as players with access to door code locks.
Cross PollinationA numerical restriction imposed by an administration team relating to team size on their server, often given designations such as solo, duo, trio, or quad.
Green DotA numerical restriction imposed by an administration team relating to team size on their server, often given designations such as solo, duo, trio, or quad.
LimitThe base definition is established somewhere within as a limit in a server’s description or rules that determine what constitutes being a team. As an allegation, asserting that persons breaking the team limit are ‘teaming’ implies cooperation and resource sharing.
Team(ing)The base definition is established somewhere within as a limit in a server’s description or rules that determine what constitutes being a team. As an allegation, asserting that persons breaking the team limit are ‘teaming’ implies cooperation and resource sharing.

Backend Terms

TermDescription
BlacklistLocalized listing of identifiers that prohibit connection by those identifiers listed; rust-specific, a condition imposed upon a server or organization for violating game developer regulations regarding settings.
CfgAcronym for Config, or Server Config; referencing the server.cfg file that controls most server functions and settings. Never delete this file
FlagA quick method of indicating that further action or analysis is required based on a Trigger.
HostOrigin connection from which all connections to the server are made, often prefaced by Dedicated (meaning unshared) or Shared (meaning multiple servers ran from a single machine or rack).
HWIDHardware Identifiers are used as a means to ban a specific machine from making connections to a server or game.
IPInternet Protocol is a unique identifier to recognize a specific machine’s internet connection or local network connection.
PermsAbbreviation for Permissions, synonymous with administrative privilege or power.
RCONRCON is a TCP/IP-based protocol that allows server administrators to execute server commands remotely.
TicketA communication system set up by an administrative team to facilitate automated, accountable exchanges of information between players and the team.
TriggerAs an automated action, any programmed mechanism that is initiated by a designated event type, with a resulting action taken, derogatory language resulting in mutes automatically, etcetera.

As a community term, player response adjective to an inflammatory reaction to external stimuli.

As a developer, an if-then statement of varying complexity.
Update – ClientUpdates released by Facepunch Studios are directed for client download to update their local files to the current release game version, often to fix bugs or add features.
Update – OxideUpdates released by third-party mod developer platforms to allow current or future plugins to be in compliance and up to date with current game version settings.
Update – ServerUpdates released by Facepunch Studios are directed at server hosts to update their host files to the current release game version, often to push new content or revert to a previously functional version in the event of a bug.
WhitelistLocalized listing of identifiers that allow connection by those identifiers listed free from queue or restriction.

Have any additional RUST glossary terms to contribute?

This RUST Admin Glossary of terms and phrases was put together and intended as an educational tool for new admins, but the initiated may also have a thing or two to learn and contribute. Keep in mind that this list is subject to change.

If you believe you have a term or phrase that fits the bill, please feel to submit additional acronyms or confusing alternative phrases directly to our Discord, and we’ll add them as time permits. Keep in mind highly derogatory and insulting terms will not be considered.

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