I've noticed that a lot of people do not understand PermissionsEX's weight system. So, I'll explain it! I will be using ranks Owner, Admin, A, B, C, D, E, VIP, and VIP+. This tutorial will be guided towards Prison Servers, but can be morphed into working with other servers. This tutorial is only for PermissionsEX, and will not be the same with other permissions plugins. The basics I first want to say, if a player is put in a group, they will have the permissions of that group and all inherited groups no matter what. Even if they are in a different group with a higher rank. Think of weights as a rank. What's the highest rank? Well, rank #1 of course, like the CEO of a business. So, what would be the #1 rank on your server, out of ALL the groups? Probably owner. So, we'll set the owner rank as rank #1 (weight: '1'). So, what's the next highest rank on your server? I'll say admin. It's the second highest rank, so we will put it as rank #2 (weight: '2'). Moderator would probably be rank #3, and so on. What's next? Well, after the main ones (owner, admin, mod etc.) we have our rankup ranks (A, B, C, D, E), we will call them letter ranks (for the purpose of this tutorial, we will say E is the highest rank on our server). But why isn't it the Donor ranks? Aren't those more important? Think for a second. The main point of a prison server is to get from A to E, and a person can get a donor rank to help boost them along. So, next comes the letter ranks. What is the lowest or beginning letter rank? It isn't E because that's the very last rank. Whats the very first rank, the one you automatically have? Well, usually its A. So, we will set A to be rank #100 (weight: '100'). Remember, the bigger the number, the lower the rank. When a player ranks up, would the next rank be a higher rank or lower rank? I mean, rank B is higher than A on prison servers, isn't it? That means B is a higher rank than A, so we will set rank B to be rank #99 (weight: '99'). Then C is #98, and so on. Now for donor ranks. Let's think of them as interns. They do work for you, and they don't have much say in things. So, they are a really low rank. Lets say in the 1000's. The first donor rank, the most basic one (we'll call it VIP) is the lowest of the donor ranks. So, lets say it is rank #1000. The second one is a higher rank than the basic donor rank, but lower than the letter ranks. Therefor, we should set it as rank #999. Then the one above that is rank #998 and so on. Using this with a rankup plugin? Scroll down! What this actually does Here is an explanation of what all this stuff actually does in the plugin. Chat: When PermissionsEX checks for prefixes and suffixes, it checks the groups with the lowest weights (highest ranks) first. So, if you are in Owner, A, VIP, and VIP+, it would see Owner as the highest rank (if you have your weights right) and check for prefixes and suffixes. If it has either, it will apply them. Say it only has a prefix, it will apply the prefix and go on looking for the suffix. It checks A, because that's the next highest rank. It sees that A does not have a suffix, so it moves on. It sees that the player is in both VIP and VIP+ groups, and knows that VIP+ is a higher rank, and takes the suffix from VIP+. Understanding this with Rankup Plugins (And Vault): Most rankup plugins use the primary group to see if the player can rankup. In this case, it would be the letter ranks. But, how does PEX tell the rankup plugin that the primary groups are the letter groups? Well, using the weight system, of course! The player can be in multiple groups, and have the letter ranks be the primary group. If you have your weights setup correctly, PermissionsEX will tell vault Vault who will will tell your Rankup plugin that your letter rank is the primary rank. UPDATE 6/4/2015: I forgot this part. If you are using a rankup plugin, and you want your staff to be able to play, make sure you have your Staff have a lower rank than your letter ranks. For example A could be 100 and Admin could be 200 and VIP could be 1000. This does mean that the Letter ranks will take priority over Staff, which means that the letter rank prefixes will override Staff's prefixes. I recommend you give your staff Suffixes, as well as for Donor ranks. Here is an example permissions.yml that you could use with EZRanksLite: Spoiler: Example permissions.yml Code (YAML): groups: Owner: permissions: - some.owner.permission options: weight: '200' prefix: '&f[&6Owner&f] &4' Admin: permissions: - some.staff.permission options: weight: '201' prefix: '&f[&6Admin&f] &4' A: permissions: - some.permission options: default: true weight: '100' prefix: '&f[&aA&f] &7' B: permissions: - some.permission options: weight: '99' prefix: '&f[&bB&f] &7' inheritance: - A C: permissions: - some.permission options: weight: '98' prefix: '&f[&cC&f] &7' inheritance: - B D: permissions: - some.permission options: weight: '97' prefix: '&f[&3D&f] &7' inheritance: - C E: permissions: - some.permission options: weight: '96' prefix: '&f[&3E&f] &7' inheritance: - D VIP: permissions: - some.donator.permission options: weight: '1000' suffix: ' &f[&eVIP&f]' VIP+: permissions: - some.donator.permission options: weight: '999' suffix: ' &f[&eVIP+&f]' inheritance: - VIP FAQ Q: What is vault? How do I use it? A: Vault is an amazing plugin that makes sure that all permissions, economy, and chat plugins work together. You can download vault here, and you can basically drag and drop it into your plugins folder and you're good. Just make sure you have a permissions plugin and an economy plugin! Q: Which has a lower weight, letter ranks or donor ranks? A: As explained above, the letter ranks have a lower rank. This is because it always needs to be the primary group you are in, so that you are always on track to rankup. Q: What if I want my staff to be able to rankup and play too? A: Just updated the tutorial, scroll up! Q: With this weights setup, do I need to make a rankup for each donor rank? A: No. With this setup, the rankup ranks are the main ranks, so rankup plugins will be able to rank players up. If you add players to a donor group, go right ahead. It wont effect the main group at all, because the weights are higher (lower rank) than the rankup ranks. The player will still have the donor permissions. Ask more questions, I'll add them here! Tips & Tricks Don't use rank: '#' unless you know what you're doing, setting a rank for a group is totally different from setting a weight. Don't go to past 10k in weights, there is no need for it, and it saves some resources Did I help you in this post? Please leave a Like, Useful, or Informative rating!