I think it is high time that we consider our situation frankly, and decide where to go from here.
Right now, the current status of the server is poor, and there is little point in denying it. There is frequently no-one online, and when people do log in, they don't play for very long. This makes it very hard to retain new players (nothing looks worse than logging in for the first time and the server is empty) as well as making the game boring for anyone with the fortitude to play un-modded, vanilla Minecraft alone.
However, all is not lost. Despite the fact that we are doing practically no intentional advertising, we still get a steady trickle of new players. This is very good, and means that the server still has the potential to be saved.
To save it, though, we clearly need to do *something*. Initially, I had (naively, it seems) hoped that simply (finally) getting us updated to 1.7 would breathe life into the server- with a clean start, players once more had...