Today I'm going to be addressing what is currently the most asked question I'm seeing on the server, which I'm asked a few times a day (and I can totally understand why people are wanting an answer to this) - when will 1.12 block support be out?
Minecraft 1.12 was released on June 7th this year, almost 3 months ago at this stage. Whilst we were able to quickly add support for 1.12 clients connecting to the server within a matter of hours of the release of this version, we waited to add support for 1.12 items themselves, as in addition to server updates being available, we have to ensure that all of the core plugins which our server relies on are compatible with 1.12 so the server continues to function as expected. Shortly after the release (a few days or so), all but one plugin were working with 1.12, this being the command block plugin, which we rely on to enforce plot restrictions on the commands which can be executed by command blocks.
Up to this stage, we are still waiting for the command block plugin to be compatible with 1.12, and are unsure as to when the update will be made available. The plugin developer has been paid to update the plugin by another server a few weeks back, and are still waiting for the update, and are unsure as to whether the update will ever be released. This is in addition to whether the currently blocked commands (such as setblock) will be safe to be enabled again.
Last update we made we removed command blocks in favour of supporting Minecraft 1.11, and had complaints about the removal of command blocks. This time round it was the other way round: command blocks stayed, yet players wanted 1.12 support (which is totally understandable in both ways). The difficult decision to make on my behalf is what decision is of most benefit overall to players, and causing the least anger / annoyance.
I'd love to hear what everyone has to say about this topic, whether you're a command block user or not, how much of an impact removing command blocks would have to your projects on the server, and your general views on this topic, so that the decision I make is one which will have the least possible negative impacts. We currently have a poll at http://www.strawpoll.me/13837166 to gather everyone's general view (please vote there!), but detailed comments will help a lot more. We will be taking action on the 30th September at the latest, and there will be no turning back beyond then - make sure you have voted by this date. Even if command blocks are temporarily removed, there is always the possibility of them being added back when the plugin supports the Minecraft version the server is running.
Feel free to ask about certain commands you find useful - e.g. I've been asked about /give, which I will be able to grant access in some form or another for spawning items with Metadata as an alternative (although I can understand this won't be a sufficient command block replacement in all cases)
As a side note, I am aware we changed command blocks to be primarily a donator feature in May - if the removal of command blocks is to go ahead & you donated from a date between 1st May & 20th September, you are welcome to contact us to receive a refund on your rank (excluding any PayPal fees there may be) & be demoted back to the default rank if this was a key factor affecting your purchase.
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