Whilst this change won't take effect immediately (if it is to happen), I feel like leaving advanced warning about this as it could be a fairly large change to some players.
At the time of writing, command blocks are a feature that are available to all players. All working commands, with the exception of summoning (to my knowledge) are available to more players. However, there is a chance that this may change in the future.
I understand that a change like this is extremely significant, hence the advanced warning if the change is to go ahead. However, as a server, we rely on donations to fund our server hosting costs. At this point in the year, we have received 2 donations (from what I remember), and this covers around 10% of our infrastructure costs for the portion of the year that has passed so far. This is extremely unsustainable long-term in terms of being able to keep the server running. Currently, I have tried to give all useful features for free, and some cool whilst not necessary features to donators, however based on the last 2 years or so of donations, this hasn't proved to help out much in hosting costs, with our average donations having decreased steadily over the past 24 months. Based on this, it is clear that our current donation reward system isn't helping keep the server running, and changes are needed.
I want to make it clear there are some features I have no intention of removing: these are the current plot sizes, free world edit access without donation / voting, as well as voxel sniper (+ most other core features I've forgot exist). However, in order to make things more sustainable, the most useful whilst not necessary feature that I see in place is command blocks, hence this consideration. Furthermore, as of a few weeks ago when we had to change command block system due to the old one being broken, we have started to have to pay for each update to the plugin when a new Minecraft version is out. With these updates equalling out to be as much as 1 month of hosting, this is another reason command blocks were the consideration to what we may make donator-only: they are now costing us money to keep working. If we aren't able to fund our hosting costs through donations, there's a chance that I won't be paying for the plugin to be updated, meaning command blocks could die out entirely, hence my thoughts as to this solution being slightly more ideal.
I'd love to hear your feedback on this, and anything that you feel would make donating more appealing - if there are any other suggestions which are better then I'll see how they go before removing features. However, if in the next few months our hosting costs are continually not met by donations, sadly command blocks will be made entirely donator only (or mostly, not yet decided), either permenantly or until we feel costs are sustaining themselves to allow access back to regular players. I am not doing this to annoy anyone, I'm trying to do this in the best interest of everyone: I see having a server lasting longer as more important than command blocks being free for everyone.
If you have any other questions on this topic, let me know.
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