As many of you know, Darkrp is one of the most used gamemodes, right up there with Sandbox. No matter how much you want to whine about it, it is there, and most likely will stay there till a better gamemode is released for free, and features the same amount of ease of setup, and modification. Till then, I think we need to improve the quality of our darkrp servers, rather than just bash them. So, I have come up with a list of things that might make your server abit more controlled.
A. Do not add extra jobs, the base ones are fine.
A.1 Better yet, remove all jobs except maybe Cop, Mayor, and Citizen. As this will allow for the user to be able to express him/herself to the fullest exstent.
B. Organize your administration.
B.1 A effective, and well-managed Admin team can make a huge difference in a server.
B.2 Consider adding the Moderator rank, so you may give people who you think might be able to handle power, a small taste, in order to see if they can handle full adminship. This would almost be like an internship.
B.3 Do not pick your friends to be apart of your administration just because they are your friends. Sure, you most likely will have friends who play on your server, but make them prove themselves to you.
C. Try using a map other than Downtown.
C.1 Though Downtown isnt too bad of a map, a good portion of Darkrp servers use this map, so if you want to stick out, use another map.
C.2 I reccomend: Hometown, Ovis, Distant City, or any orginal map.
D. Put time and effort into your ads.
D.1 Regradless of where you post it, though I suspect you will post it here on facepunch, you need to put time and effort into your ad, not just an Ip, and a come join.
D.2 Explain the purpose of your server and community, along with its policies, rules, and any other imporant info.
D.3 Also, post a link to your forums.
D.4 Try to use proper spelling, and grammar. It makes you look somewhat more serious.
E. (Opinon) Do not put Serious or Semi Serious in your server title.
E.1 Many people do not consider Darkrp something to be defined by the two above terms, try to put an orginal title, such as: [INH] Dark Roleplay #1.
F. Consider not placing on/removing Wire.
F.1 Wire is built to be used in a build server, not a RP one. And alot of people know how to make items such as wire turrets, if you leave certain parts of the wire tools unrestricted. You could say, you could just restrict it to admins, but that would defeat the purpose, and make the DL longer for new players.
G. You most likely will need a website, be it free or paid.
G.1 This is very useful for getting info, and news to your users, along with feedback from them.
Notice: These are merely my suggestions, and/or personal observations, I am not saying this is the only way to run a darkrp server/community, nor am I saying it is the right way, I am just offering some suggestions. It is your right to choose wether or not to take them.