We're starting to get regulars now, outside of the initial few of us, so I figured now is a good time to talk about why this exists.
A month back, right before the VoatCraft reset, things were good. There were about 30 people or so at any given time, about 50 on weekend nights. It was hopping, there was always something to do or someone to talk to. Then credentials were acquired by the wrong people, things were griefed, it was too bad to recover from and--because of poor or non-existent backups--a wholesale reset was necessary.
It was a dark time. Many came back to find all their work gone. Some stayed, many left. For a week or two we were basically giving canned responses about what happened and flipping a coin to see if the person stayed. That steady ~30 player number dropped to 10 or 15 and a number of those were idlers running melon farms, or whatever the case.
Admins stopped coming around very much and moderators grumbled about not having enough power to make a difference. The server population started deteriorating more when weird disappearing claim bugs were happening. The last couple weeks were seeing 5-10 people on, and 15 on the busy times. In non busy times, you might see it drop to 2 or 3. It's a far cry from what once was, the community is leaving.
Enter WerdCraft. In light of this transition, I wanted to see if I could run a server and more or less duplicate VoatCraft. Being a systems administrator by trade, I stood up a server on infrastructure I had available. I talked to a few people, ZaraWux especially as a community favorite moderator, and brought him over. We worked on it a bit, played, realized it was working smoothly. A few more people came and, as mentioned in another post, good reliable server space was donated. Everything has been smooth since.
The rest you know, because you're here. You were invited to come because you were a persevering member of VoatCraft. The next question is: why did we do this? Well, I knew we had a good community and a good core group of players. Especially with the events of this week, a few consecutive days of VoatCraft outages, I knew people would be leaving. If people left, we wouldn't know how to get a hold of them and the community would be a total loss. See this is a way to salvage the community and protect it from disinterested administration.
How do you know I won't do the same thing? I suppose you don't, but you all know me from VoatCraft as an active player. I just ask you to bear with me as I've never run a Minecraft server before and there will probably be some teething issues. That being said, I know how to keep servers running and operating so running a Minecraft server is only an extension of that. Overhead will be low.
Why the name "WerdCraft"? My original name, as you see it here, is E-werd. I've had this nickname on the internet for almost 20 years and I own the domain werd.pw for my personal projects. We could have called it anything, but sticking with the name we have and playing off of it will make it more memorable than something like "8123.servegame.net".
As for donations, none are needed at this time. This does not mean that we will not one day need them, but don't worry about that right now. I am committed to keeping the server running and, so long as we have regular players, I will make sure it stays that way. If and when the time comes, I want to be as transparent in the process as possible so that you know where your donations are going.
I hope we can continue to grow the community and keep it friendly and fun. There's no official limitations on who can and cannot join, but obvious rules apply. When in doubt, follow the golden rule.