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How to Be the Best Server Owner You Can Be [Pop Reel]

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avatar HappyHour_
Level 26 : Expert Taco
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Servers, whether big or small, need players to survive. That's basic, it's essential. It's like having a school without students, it won't work. It's pointless. 

I'm not one to judge all servers, but a lot of brand new servers that I join that seem interesting, are not at all what they claim themselves to be. Friendly staff? That sounds nice, but oh, you're lying. 

The staff doesn't care about you, they don't talk to you, they might say welcome, but after that you're on your own. 

This blog is about becoming the best server owner (in my opinion) that you can possibly become. It's about keeping your players happy, keeping them coming back for more, and keeping your reputation high. 

What do I know about owning a server? More than you think. Whether you might be reading this for fun, or you think there might be room for improvement, you might learn something. 


- Treat yourself, and your team, with respect. 
Your staff team is there for a reason. They've either had an interest in your server and applied, or they're just one of your friends who so happens to have Minecraft. Treat your staff with courtesy and like you've known them for years. Make sure you appreciate their help. Treat yourself with respect as well, don't abuse your power as a server owner, and don't think you're the hottest stuff to face the Earth. 

- Welcome new players. 
This is so basic, yet, some people don't understand it. Say hello to new players, make them feel as if they belong in this server. Spoil these guys, not with commands and in-game items, but with kindness. If you need a plugin to welcome new players (no disrespect to TechDoodle) then you're doing something wrong. Either you're just lazy, or you don't deserve to own a server. 
New players are the future for your server, you better treat these guys with utmost politeness. If they somehow end up being rude, don't be rude yourself. Keep your cool, always. Let the ban hammer do the work. 

- Be outgoing, ask questions, know how to interact.
You're a server owner, even if you happen to own a giant hub-based mini-game heaven with 30,000 players daily, it's a very social position. Interact with your players, be outgoing. Do you know what that means? Be open to answering any questions players might have in a kind way, ask your players how their experience is so far, learn to take criticism, and ask how the server can be improved. Use emoticons, it makes you sound friendlier. 

Just be friendly, that's it. Forget everything else. A server is as good as its owner. 

Play a round of MobArena or whatever with your players. Interact.

- You own a Minecraft server. 
Repeat that. You own a Minecraft server. Not a prison or an exclusive nightclub. Rules are rules, and they will end up being broken eventually. As a server owner, you should understand that better than anyone else. Don't enforce your rules so much, and don't shove them constantly in my face. If you parade your rules all over the server with an announcement plugin, that gets real annoying real quick. It makes me want to hack into your server and change your code for you.

Leave your rules conveniently somewhere in the spawn, where players can walk by and read them. You can also set up the /rules command so players can read them by will. Players shouldn't be forced to read rules, I'm pretty they are smart enough to understand the basic laws. If not, give them a warning and remind them. Don't ban for the little things. 

If your server is a little more complex than the basic rules, just ask players to read them, easy as that!

And don't trip so hard. If a player uses caps, don't mute them indefinitely. Don't stress your rules. Be a calm, chill person. If players see how cool you are, they will come back for more. 

UPDATE: To the people arguing with me about not enforcing rules, you're missing the point. I'm saying to not be so hard with your rules, it's a server, have a little lenience. I'm not saying to not have rules, I'm telling you to not be so harsh about them. 

- Conclusions. 
You own a Minecraft server! That's awesome! It's your own little spot of Minecraft Multiplayer. Show people why your server is awesome, why the staff is awesome, why its players are awesome! 

Keep your players happy, keep your cool, just be an overral Best Owner Ever. You can do it. I believe in you. 


Thanks for reading peeps, also thank you for Pop Reel and Front Page!!!


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08/25/2014 7:10 am
Level 10 : Journeyman Spleefer
Bobokins
Very good. I follow almost all of this stuff on my small community server(made it yesterday :3). I'm gonna try to follow all of it. But I agree, it's impossible to do this on hub servers. 
*shoot diamond from 100+ feet from a sniper rifle*
*diamond hits happyface_ on the nose*
*happyface_ dies happy because he accomplished something in life: dying by kindness*
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08/25/2014 6:41 pm
Level 26 : Expert Taco
HappyHour_
*Resurrects 3 days later with diamond stuck to face*
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08/24/2014 11:43 pm
Level 24 : Expert Scribe
mop8899
I'm happy that I do all this stuff.
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08/01/2014 5:24 pm
Level 2 : Apprentice Miner
anonpmc1478795
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08/01/2014 5:36 pm
Level 26 : Expert Taco
HappyHour_
I'm talking about being a good owner, not being a good player. But yes, get in line players.
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08/01/2014 12:47 pm
Level 19 : Journeyman Network
irritatedCat
Honestly, the server I play on seems nice, but the server staff are jerks sometimes. They just abuse their power, threating to ban you for silly reasons, and can be unfair to some people.
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08/01/2014 1:21 pm
Level 26 : Expert Taco
HappyHour_
That's not nice.
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08/01/2014 7:48 pm
Level 2 : Apprentice Miner
anonpmc1478795
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08/01/2014 1:58 am
Level 57 : Grandmaster Terraformer
Modiby
Like a boss
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08/01/2014 1:30 am
Level 54 : Grandmaster Network
superpeanut911
I don't even like going on my server tbh, got like 8 days racked up AFK on hub. I run the servers. All of those dedicated machines with the glorious SSH. I write the code, and hire the builders.
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07/31/2014 4:25 pm
Level 29 : Expert Engineer
Haydenjames
the thing is, i like to interact with my players too much. Most players feel nervous when the owner is on, so they don't play.
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08/01/2014 7:50 pm
Level 2 : Apprentice Miner
anonpmc1478795
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07/31/2014 2:57 am
Level 51 : Grandmaster Dragonborn
luigi_vampa
You make it sound so easy, I wish I had the time to talk to players more. I spend most of the time running the server tweaking config files, writing scripts, training staff, fixing bugs, arguing with hosts, dealing with console errors, trawling databases, double checking player bans etc to check how the training sank in and lets not forget if there's a sun coming over the horizon then you can guarantee there's an update of something not far behind it. There's only one rule on my server "Don't be a twat!", punishment is swift and final (I've never dealt a temp ban and no one I can remember has ever been unbanned). I've not got the time for anything else. 
However, even after saying all this I do totally agree with you, it's just sometimes NOT that easy.

Edit: That's just a ist of daily tasks. There's even more to consider when you add actually developing a server into something unique.
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07/31/2014 9:47 pm
Level 43 : Master Goblin
Caesar2K
Amen! Holy crap you are like my twin. Its not as easy as its put there is so much to do its hard for one person alone to do.
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07/31/2014 12:09 pm
Level 26 : Expert Taco
HappyHour_
You sound like you run a fairly large server, which can be a problem if you want some more communication with your players. I always ran small servers, about 20 people daily. There it was easy to do all that, but I understand where you're coming from.
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07/31/2014 2:51 am
Level 5 : Apprentice Artist
DannySan626
The part where you say rules should not be enforced so hard, that is a load of bull because when you do not enforce rules for one player, ALL players think "hey, that means I can do it too". Same as the players who use all caps, you let one slide, THEY ALL WANT TO SLIDE. Trust me, run a server first, get a lot of players, then come back to this post, and see if you were right.
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07/31/2014 12:10 pm
Level 26 : Expert Taco
HappyHour_
That's why you don't enforce them for all players pancakes. 

If one steps out of line, you ban them. Please read the blog.
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08/01/2014 1:22 am
Level 5 : Apprentice Artist
DannySan626
I did, Fully...
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07/31/2014 12:57 am
Level 38 : Artisan Modder
GamerBah
I am not completely agreeing with the "Don't enforce the rules on your players so much," but I understand what you are trying to get at. As for the rest, you hit it spot on. Diamond for you :)
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07/30/2014 6:51 pm
Level 18 : Journeyman Button Pusher
ICEconchy
I just want to ask but i went on your profile and it did not say you posted any servers and i was wondering how could you write this if you don't own a minecraft server

Do you own a minecraft server happyhour_?
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07/31/2014 9:55 am
Level 27 : Expert Pixel Painter
delusi0nal
Sorry to ruin your day, but you don't need to be a server owner to see server mistakes..
Most of the server mistakes are the person itself. The server has done no wrong. It's the person you have to fix, and frankly we, as people, deal with others a lot.
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07/31/2014 10:12 am
Level 18 : Journeyman Button Pusher
ICEconchy
If it sounded like i was trying to judge happyhour_ i did not mean that.
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07/31/2014 12:11 pm
Level 26 : Expert Taco
HappyHour_
I have not posted any servers onto Planet Minecraft. But I do have enough Owner experience to write this.
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07/31/2014 12:14 pm
Level 18 : Journeyman Button Pusher
ICEconchy
ok cool
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07/30/2014 2:28 pm
Level 8 : Apprentice Network
UTZ
Nice blog :p
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07/30/2014 1:23 pm
Level 1 : New Network
Xiolage
Nice blog! Diamond for you. I do all the things up there so maybe you should come check out my little community :) mc.fazzacraft.com
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07/30/2014 2:15 pm
Level 26 : Expert Taco
HappyHour_
Maybe I will :)
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07/30/2014 1:22 pm
Level 31 : Artisan Blockhead
Ashfur4ever
wonderful
you do know alot ;)
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07/30/2014 2:15 pm
Level 26 : Expert Taco
HappyHour_
Thanks ;)
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07/30/2014 1:04 pm
Level 1 : New Crafter
The_Snow_Craft_US
(throws a diamond) THANKS! :D
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