Nowadays, the server is losing players at an alarming rate. This is no hidden secret; we all know that this server is approaching its final days and that there's no way to cancel that. The owners have publicly and privately said that they do not care anymore about this server. It has become very clear that it is being kept up as a way to provide income to the owners. The point of this thread is not to talk about this, because frankly, if any server owner tells you at the current day that they're keeping the server up for any other reason than money, they're a bullshitter. Rather, what I'm here to talk about is the atmosphere that reigns around this place. Act 1 The irrational and odious deactivation of core game mechanics In the past few weeks, I've been gaining a bigger interest in starting to play Minecraft seriously again. What caught my attention the most was anarchy servers. I had been watching a lot of YouTube content regarding 2b2t. Not wanting to fight 1000+ player queues whenever I wanted to play or spend 20$ a month for a Minecraft server, I opted for a smaller anarchy server called 9b9t. If you're unfamiliar with the concept or anarchy servers, you're pretty much free to do whatever the fuck you want. Wanna grief? Go ahead. Wanna hack? Go ahead. Wanna be toxic? Go ahead. This leaves you with a very complete sense of freedom to do whatever the fuck you want. After having a vanilla experience on 9b9t for a few days and getting tired of the pure vanilla experience, I decided I'd give Factions a new chance on J&H as it's a very strategy-filled, near anarchic minigame... right? After playing for a while and mining for around 10 minutes straight without any success and asking chat, I came to the realization that you guys had disabled diamond ores and the nether. Furthermore, you banned insiding, bitch claiming and lava casts. The point of playing factions is to be able to play the game as intended. Disabling the nether (therefore, easy long-distance travelling) and diamond ores (therefore breaking the game and making it more stupid to play because you're too lazy to ban x-rayers) makes the game simply not fun. You're stripping the game from its core mechanics and strategy for the sake of preventing a few people from hacking and making bases harder to raid. Factions is becoming all about being in the team that has the most kits and has spent the most money on the server. Which brings me to... Act 2 Pay-2-win You are actively hunting new players out of your server with a stupid mechanic that is based around making the most money with the smallest amount of people. You will make people spend money on kits, crate keys or whatever frivolous triviality you can think about that will give them an unfair advantage over other players only to give the top players a negligible amount back with one of your oh-almighty valueless server store gift cards. Not only does this make new players completely uninterested in playing on your server, but it makes the active and loyal players feel robbed. The people who you actually manage to trap in your money-making pay-2-win loophole are slowly coming out of it and realizing it's retarded and fraudulent. If you decided to make donations actually cosmetic and not pay-2-win, maybe players would be more inclined to donate to support the server and new players would not automatically log out due to the disadvantage they naturally have over other players. Resetting the map won't help this issue either. More on that in the next point. Act 3 The shortfall of future history for the server One of the things that make a server so rich and fun to play on is the history and culture that developed on it through the years of its existence. This is one of the things that make servers like 2b2t survive on the same map for over 10 years and still pull thousands of players: the relics and history that exist on this map are worth more than anything a reset could bring. We had this sense of culture and history with the old creative maps near spawn. Seeing the spawn plots from 2013, finding relics and secrets from players who haven't played in years was always something that kept people coming back and made people want to be an active player on this server. This is, personally, what bothered me the most about the intense hunt for illegal/god items in creative near 2015, and also what made me panic at the original survival and creative resets. Nowadays, the server pretty much as no relic of its past anymore. Old players do not want to come back and stay here because there's nothing that will bring them nostalgia or memories anymore. New players just find new maps without any soul and play on something that they know will reset or go dead in a negligible amount of time. Why do you expect people to still want to play on this atmosphere? All we have is a monotone shell of a server that has nothing to do with what it once was, and despite that, a small percentage of the people playing here take themselves very, very seriously. Act 4 Solemnity Staff members (especially on the higher register of ranks and power) tend to take themselves seriously to a full other level. If you sneeze too hard, you're going to have a 10 minute mute or a virtual point that lasts 30 days and stays in a stupid historic that mods and higher can check. The staff protocols are way too strict for the amount of players remaining and I daresay there's too many staff and most of them don't bring any good to the server. This over-serious behavior when it comes to rules and behavior for about 80 players just bring toxicity on the server. Regardless, not a single owner or admin seems to agree with each other about what should happen on the server. The owners clearly don't give a fuck and the admins act like this is a top-secret governmental position. Just let the fucking players do whatever. Intervene when there's hacking or whatever but don't kick them off the server if they tell someone to "fuck off". It's a damn video game server. I welcome everyone to debate, add on, or speak about those subjects in the comments. That's a thread I had been wanting to do for a while. This will likely be my last serious "complaint" thread ever on those forums. I'm not trying to propose solutions or tell how to fix any of this, I'm just trying to point out what the problems are in my opinion. Thank you for reading.