After a brief hiatus, I finally decided to return to my favourite Minecraft server, Reddit Creative. It's been a while, and tons of things have changed, but what I noticed almost immediately was its lack of players.
This is a server that used to have several hundreds of players active at one time and now is struggling to get 50 to stay on. It's a shame, too, because this seemed to happen right after a costly server upgrade that made it possible to accommodate tons of players without lag.
So why did this happen? I'm still wondering why, but my best guess is that the admins are at fault. Minecraft is a game that, at its core, is about building. Unfortunately, the admins had the habit of restarting the server whenever a new patch came out, effectively wiping everyone's creations every couple of weeks.
Once during a fundraising event, the admins decided to show us player creations from previous iterations of the server. They were astounding, and it's hard to understand how anyone would simply let their most beloved creations get deleted overnight.
Now, maybe this isn't the only reason why people are leaving. School has also begun, and I'm betting that a lot of players have chosen to concentrate on their studies.
In any case, it's a bummer. I'm probably going to leave the server, too, because it just isn't the same anymore. Sometimes a cool change to the inventory management doesn't justify deleting everyone's creations.
So, what's the message here? Too much change is disruptive and damaging for online communities. If you don't believe me, just look at the Gawker network for more examples.
I applaud anyone who's remained loyal to Reddit Creative, but I'm done for now. Hopefully the retail version of Minecraft will be more stable and need less patching.
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