We all hate abusive pleb staff members, don't we? Staff members can be abusive in different ways: abusing their powers, threatening someone, bullying...you get the point. Well I got advice for server owners to stop those abusive skrubs!
When They Start Abusing:
On first offense, when you catch your staff member(s) abusing, you should pop up and give them a big fat warning! And make it serious, don't put a playful mood in it(I mean really, who does that?). If they ignore your warning and do it again, it should be an automatic demote! (I don't know how you run it, whether it's a demote to their previous staff rank, or if it's a full demote all the way down to the default rank, I say it would be best and safe to just demote them all the way down.) Giving them a big fat demote should teach them a lesson that bully staff members are not allowed on your server! And if they want to become staff on your server again, they should have to promise that they won't bully players again! And if they do, next time should be permanent demote where they can't become a staff member on your server again.
If your staff members like to go powermad and ban/mute just for the fun of it, tell them: "Get a hobby!"
I'm gonna link to some posts about abusive staff members, and then say what I would do if I were the server owner in that situation.
Irresponsible & Abusive Staff Members (By cobbleTCG, on Planet Minecraft): https://www.planetminecraft.com/blog/irresponsible-amp-abusive-staff-members-2692897/
If I were the server owner, I wouldn't care if the guy I promoted to staff member was my best friend! If they were to mistreat and abuse one person --ONE FREAKING PERSON-- I would give them a high level warning then if they do it again, I would demote the crap out of them!
How To Report Server Owner or Admin?? (By prioum, on this website): http://www.minecraftforum.net/forums/archive/legacy-support/1825006-how-to-report-server-owners-or-admin
If I were to ever hear that one of my staff members were threatening to go to someone's house and rape them, that would be an automatic demote and ban from my server! I would also share the abuser's IP to the online authorities.
I think that being strict on your staff members is the only way to make sure that your server is a healthy, non-toxic community. You should also encourage your players to report abusive staff members. If you're strict to your staff members and are serious about it, it will show everyone that if they're gonna apply to be staff on your server just so they can go powermad and destroy the server's reputation, that they would just be wasting their time. And your server may even gain more players because it's a friendly environment.
It doesn't matter if it's your best friend or even your lover!(BTW, if your lover breaks up with you for demoting them, they're not good enough for you.) It's time you set boundaries and show everyone that you mean business! It's time to draw a line to that toxic, abusive, corrupted internet society that's out there! It's time to get real and set an example! So get in there and stop the abusing that's going on within your server! Be a good server owner! Peace!