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avatar HappyHour_
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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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  • Bobokins
  • Level 9
  • Apprentice Spleefer
  • August 25, 2014, 3:10 am
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*
  • HappyHour_
  • Level 25
  • Expert Taco
  • August 25, 2014, 2:41 pm
*Resurrects 3 days later with diamond stuck to face*
  • mop8899
  • Level 22
  • Expert Scribe
  • August 24, 2014, 7:43 pm
I'm happy that I do all this stuff.
  • Veriity
  • Level 10
  • Journeyman Engineer
  • August 1, 2014, 1:24 pm
You know, I wish that players respected staff as much as you want staff to respect players.  Get in line, players.  be nice, read the rules and respect rule 9.
  • HappyHour_
  • Level 25
  • Expert Taco
  • August 1, 2014, 1:36 pm
I'm talking about being a good owner, not being a good player. But yes, get in line players.
  • irritatedCat
  • Level 15
  • Journeyman Network
  • August 1, 2014, 8:47 am
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.
  • HappyHour_
  • Level 25
  • Expert Taco
  • August 1, 2014, 9:21 am
That's not nice.
  • Veriity
  • Level 10
  • Journeyman Engineer
  • August 1, 2014, 3:48 pm
I hate to hear about bad staff.  The issue we're having is with a few players that seem to run off the good players.  When you ban the bad players... the good players go.. "what did you do that for?"  LOL  GG, players.  Just sign the "be a victim form" now..
  • Modiby
  • Level 55
  • Grandmaster Terraformer
  • July 31, 2014, 9:58 pm
Like a boss
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.
  • Haydenjames
  • Level 26
  • Expert Engineer
  • July 31, 2014, 12:25 pm
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.
  • Veriity
  • Level 10
  • Journeyman Engineer
  • August 1, 2014, 3:50 pm
Oh, that stinks :(  I like to play, and do fun things with the players.  My favorite title is "can't Strafe.. " LOL  I do enjoy hearing about everything going on, new mods.. new adventures, etc.  I try to let everyone do something.  PIctures on the website, posts, youtube videos, a small build, an idea, something.  A server is supposed to be a community.  The more you have, the better.
  • luigi_vampa
  • Level 49
  • Master Dragonborn
  • July 30, 2014, 10:57 pm
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.
  • Caesar2K
  • Level 43
  • Master Goblin
  • July 31, 2014, 5:47 pm
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.
  • HappyHour_
  • Level 25
  • Expert Taco
  • July 31, 2014, 8:09 am
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.
  • DannySan626
  • Level 3
  • Apprentice Artist
  • July 30, 2014, 10:51 pm
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.
  • HappyHour_
  • Level 25
  • Expert Taco
  • July 31, 2014, 8:10 am
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.
  • DannySan626
  • Level 3
  • Apprentice Artist
  • July 31, 2014, 9:22 pm
I did, Fully...
  • GamerBah
  • Level 38
  • Artisan Modder
  • July 30, 2014, 8:57 pm
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 :)
  • ICEconchy
  • Level 16
  • Journeyman Button Pusher
  • July 30, 2014, 2:51 pm
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_?
  • delusi0nal
  • Level 25
  • Expert Pixel Painter
  • July 31, 2014, 5:55 am
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.
  • ICEconchy
  • Level 16
  • Journeyman Button Pusher
  • July 31, 2014, 6:12 am
If it sounded like i was trying to judge happyhour_ i did not mean that.
  • HappyHour_
  • Level 25
  • Expert Taco
  • July 31, 2014, 8:11 am
I have not posted any servers onto Planet Minecraft. But I do have enough Owner experience to write this.
  • ICEconchy
  • Level 16
  • Journeyman Button Pusher
  • July 31, 2014, 8:14 am
ok cool
  • UTZ
  • Level 2
  • Apprentice Network
  • July 30, 2014, 10:28 am
Nice blog :p
  • Xiolage
  • Level 1
  • New Network
  • July 30, 2014, 9:23 am
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
  • HappyHour_
  • Level 25
  • Expert Taco
  • July 30, 2014, 10:15 am
Maybe I will :)
  • Ashfur4ever
  • Level 26
  • Expert Artist
  • July 30, 2014, 9:22 am
wonderful
you do know alot ;)
  • HappyHour_
  • Level 25
  • Expert Taco
  • July 30, 2014, 10:15 am
Thanks ;)
(throws a diamond) THANKS! :D

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