Hello everyone. 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 something to do. And for a time, it did work. I think an important factor to any server's success is that the people most responsible for it also play it. Owners, admin, moderators, and other staff. It provides a solid playerbase for the server to grow on. It helps ensure that even if it comes to the worst, a new player logging in still sees at least a few people playing. I must admit that I have failed in at least this regard. There are now so many alternatives to plain vanilla minecraft (Tekkit, hexxit, etc) that I can't bring myself to play vanilla any longer, at least not for extended periods of time. This is the primary reason I don't actively play, and I want to hear you discuss the issues you currently find with the server- I'd like to hear why you don't play anymore, either. All this being said, I see a few paths forwards. We could stay on the current map, and stay on vanilla minecraft, and try to ramp up advertising to draw in new players. We could shut down the vanilla server for good, and make the official XPE Minecraft server a Tekkit server (this is what I think might be the best choice). We could even build our own modpack with either the technic launcher or ATLauncher. Or we could do something else- if you have any ideas, please say them here. Let's discuss both what we *can* do to revitalize the server, and what we *want* to do to revitalize the server. You've heard my views- Now I want to hear yours.