Dear People. before I get into this I want to say that (when I say "Mineplex" I speak for both the server (mostly the Java server) and the forums) - Also i suggest you get comfy because you're in for a lot of reading... It's 1,487 words & 7,908 Characters long, but that doesnt matter that much. also, when I say things like "you" or "you're" / "your" Im mostly talking about admins, moderators, developers, Etc. Mineplex is really starting to lose its players.. its really really starting to worry me and I dont like it. Im a banner maker here and I dont want mineplex to go.. but I guess theres not much you can do about the number of players who play mineplex dropping, but there are some things you can do and Im really really begging that changes be made and things turned around so that mineplex can be revived and come back to a general sense of popularity. Haters gonna say this is cringe but i dont really care, I have a special place in my heart for this community, I've made so many friends here that I care and love about, and not just that, I also loved the games in the actual Mineplex server, they were really fun to play and I had so many good times playing them with my friends, that I met here. I guess I cant really do anything about it because Im just a member, But that is why I make this thread, Im expressing my feels so hard right now.. I really really dont want to see the Forums (And the server itself) just completely depreciate to the point where there are No players left and everything just dies. Okay, so.. what can we do? What is there to do that could at least Somewhat attract players and restore the lost amount of players..? like I said Im just a member here, I cant do anything - I cant make changes - I can only just speak out, and that's what Im really trying to do here. I am no developer, I do not know or am good with code. I simply can suggest ideas here that I'm very confident will work. so dont respond with "Ok big man!! gimme some sample code right now, lets see what you know what your talking about!1!1" Please, Moderators, don't brush this off your shoulders and lock the thread, hear me out in all of this. My Suggestions. Better Advertisement. If the server is announced and advertised in a more wide-spread method then It will also help much to attract players. Hub design update / revamp. I think personally that the entire map of the Mineplex hub is great and all, but personally I think it lacks size. I think the server would benefit if the map was re-done in this way: Keep the Islands theme, The current mineplex hub map is a bunch of floating islands, each holding their own unique purpose, its great but I think that the Main island (the one you spawn at and select you games & rewards / Etc.) would be bigger, more there - everywhere, more to explore, more scenery and creativity. This is good because if a new player joins it will most likely interest the player and make them want to come back another time and play again - for they like the scenery. Or even they might invite their friends :) Direct your current focus more towards Fixing bugs / glitches / exploits. I think it's safe to say that mineplex has a good bit of its glitches, and bugs, whether it's in a game or just generally around wherever (like the hub). I suppose a Bug or a glitch that doesnt effect gameplay isnt 'bad'.. such as ender pearl glitching into the floor. But if there's a bunch of these 'harmless' bugs or glitches everywhere then that will add an atmosphere to the server that says 'This server has low maintenance' - or 'the mods are lazy, look at this!' and just generally uncared for. - Etc. Make your next focus: Add popular game modes that are amongst other servers (without copying). Or add new creative gamemodes never made before. I think mineplex is nice for mini games, take for instance some of the ones that are in Nano-games. They're really fun. Or arcade games, new ideas for those kind of games can be found in the New game Discussion - Category here on the forums, but I think its pretty obvious how the server's popularity / quality would improve if new games would be added, the more there is the more fun / possibilities for fun there will be. My main idea though for this bullet point is SKYBLOCK.. You know I dont think people are quite comfortable with the idea of skyblock being added to Java mineplex, as I've seen in multiple "add skyblock" threads here on the forums, they just dont seem ok with the idea, but that's no reason to forgot about the idea of skyblock being added. You know, there was once a popular man who went by the name of Oscar Wilde, he once said something that was very true and also very wise.. take a look. Maybe people might think it's not a good idea, but for what reason?? because it was bad on Bedrock edition, or something? - that's no reason to not think about adding it, you know, like what Oscar said: If something is worth having - it's worth waiting for. if skyblock has at least a Potential or chance of being good (which it has been, Very much, on other popular servers) Then it's worth going for, giving a try, and doing your absolute best at it. Something great can be achieved if your best of efforts are put forth into it. Skyblock is Also important because its a very popular survival game among minecraft, and if players see that This server...Mineplex... has that Game they love (skyblock), then they'll be destined to give it a go. And if they like it then they will most likely come back and over time come to enjoy mineplex :) Work on developing a better Anti-cheat. Last time I played mineplex (the server) there was a pretty big problem with hackers / people who used cheats in-game, You would encounter a lot of them throughout gameplay and it made things quite unenjoyable and annoying.. People complained a lot. It has been a long long time since I've played minecraft, let alone Mineplex, so I dont know if this problem has been fixed that much or not but if it hasnt then theres no reason for my advice in this bullet point to not be found helpful. A server without very little amount of hackers due to a well made anti-cheat is highly valued by players. And if mineplex is like then / becomes like that then such positive opinions by players will be made about the Server. Lag. Lagging in the server doesnt always mean..ITS THE SERVER..it could just be your WIFI connection being somewhat unstable, or bad, for other reasons. But Im very confident that Mineplex has it's own, self-causing lag. Maybe its because the game modes dont have enough amount of GB, or memory, or dedicated hosting inside of the bungee server. Im not sure how it all works - But whatever the cause of the lag, It can be fixed, and if it cannot be 100% fixed it can atleast be helped, or somewhat fixed so that there's less lag then there is now. A lag-free server plays a very important role in being part of the list of servers that a player likes to play on. If something is laggy, it's hard to use / play on, so if it's lag free and smooth then gameplay will be nice and very enjoyable - hence making players want to play on the server more. If all these thing scan be fixed or improved then Im sure that the server will become a MUCH, Much better place and regain a TON of players. But not only the server, the forums as well. Because players will go to the forums and make an account for lots of reasons. to make a thread. report something / somebody. Create an account for a Verified title. Looking to make friends / just to chat. And this is great because once they do that they might return to the forums again and decide to customize their profile and just fit in / become a member :) So, this is quite a lot of words. I hope you read them all, I look forward to seeing what the replies will be like, I beg no hate. I also beg that the Devs / Mods dont just brush this thread off their shoulders and decline the offer of indulging themselves into the fulfillment of my advice. If efforts will not be made... im afraid this server will continue to accelerate further into the condition it's already in. Also - Its not really fair for me, here, pleading my heart out, begging that this server not die, because its the one of the few things that keep my life happy, to be faced with replies from Moderators / members pointing out the flaws in my suggestions with an argumentative attitude whereas they do nothing about my advice... Good day.