As some of you may know, Minecraft Forum used to have it's own server list. This was like other sites in that you could post your server on it, and get votes to have your server rated higher. It also did have an auction system that let you bid to get your server to show up below posts to increase visibility. This list didn't last too long, and so was shut down some time ago.
I have been currently pondering the resurrection of this list, but would like you, the community, to give your feedback into such a list.
I am already well aware of the issues that the current forum has with regards to advertising servers (with the mess of how the rules work and how to promote your server without breaking them) and that it's hard to work within the rules to have your server seem active.
I am here to gather your thoughts and input into what you'd like to see in a new server list. I'd hope to see answers from both servers owners who'd use such a list (both small and large servers) and what you as players look for in such a list.
This does not mean it will come back, or that it'd have everything. I am currently weighing the options for it and if it would be worth the time and effort to see if it could be brought back.
I left it as an open question so that you can give your feedback without thinking that it has to be related.
If you didn't know the old system, it did offer the following:
- A dedicated page for your server, where you could post comments and reply to them.
- A status and player count, showing if your server was up and how many players were on it (this was cached, so it would be updated every X minutes)
- An activity chart, showing how active your server was in terms of players
- Voting, where you were able to vote and get rewards on the server if they configured it
- Ranking, where the more players that voted for it, the higher it was on the list.
My own input was that such a system is flawed from the start, where it benefits the large servers. This currently also exists in the current forum, where threads of certain nature are always more active than others. I envision a system which would be able to work with both small and large servers, attempting to treat them more fairly, while also offering a way for servers that use things such as a whitelist or graylist to function.