Mischief79AdminPlanned Downtime for updates has ended. I'm working on the voting sites now... some of them are broken again and I aim to fix or remove them if they cannot be fixed.
Aug 19, 16
Mischief79AdminPlanned downtime will start a little late today. I've got to go renew my driver's license and finish up getting my daughter enrolled in college. I'll try to make sure not to interrupt anyone's game play when I get back if folks are on and busy. Thanks for understanding! --MC
Mischief79AdminFriday's Planned Downtime may last a little longer than the standard 2 hours. The server will be in whitelist mode during it's downtime so that Merk and I can make and test fixes and changes without interrupting your regular game play. The server will be restarted several times during this process, and we don't want to inconvenience anyone with getting thrown out of the game often and without warning. I will post on the planned downtime thread in the forums, and in the comment section of the calendar event itself while work is being completed. Thank you all so much for your patience with us as we do some much-needed maintenance.
Aug 17, 16
merkurius_8Lead ModHi! I got back from my summer vacation a couple days, and have started to play on the server again after 3 weeks of being away most of the time. There are some issues with the server currently, and I'm looking into the issues I know about, but because of me not having too much experience with server stuff, I'm not able to magically fix everything like Mischief. The issues I know about is:
*Featherboard (scoreboard on the right side): The config files keep resetting, and there are some other issues too. I'm currently trying to get in touch with the developer to discuss why this might be happening. Until it's fixed, just turn it off with /fb off if it's annoying you.
*ClearLag: I have no idea what's wrong with ClearLag, it's not doing anything at all, and I can't access the commands for the mod.
*Some other plugin that I can't remember: The same thing as with ClearLag, not doing anything and no access to commands.
These are the things I can remember, please comment on this post if you know about any other issues, or know what might be causing the issues.
That's all I have to say, everyone that's on vacation, I miss you, I've never felt so lonely on the server . Would anyone be interested in posts like this one, short updates about what I'm working on and that stuff? If so, I'll create a forum thread where I'll post updates instead of posting it on the main page.
A lot of you may be wondering why my in-game presence has been lacking a bit lately. Aside from the usual family IRL-type things going on, I've been working on learning some new-to-me animation software and a new video editing program, which is taking a little longer than I'd like, although I'm learning it at an acceptable rate considering all the interruptions :)
Summertime around here means that not only is school out and I have kids in my house at all hours, but I have to leave the computer on occasion to go "outside" and "to dinner" and "to a wedding" and "to a cookout" every once in a while. While these are mostly foreign concepts to me during most of the year, they do happen during the summer months, so that calls me away from the 8+ hours I would otherwise be putting into YouTube and Minecraft every day.
Additionally, I've started teaching my oldest child how to drive... which not only eats up an hour daily, but requires a recovery period for my nerves, which are shot by the time she's done with her lesson. :P
Once we get Becca driving and the summer mostly over with, I'll schedule out my time a little better and post in the event calendar when I'm doing things... like when I will record video footage, when I'll be doing server updates (planned downtime), scheduled gameplay (otherwise I just log on when I can), and planned YouTube video releases. There will be times when I have to set aside a day or two to fill soap orders, and I'll post those as they happen as well.
I hope this helps y'all out, as I imagine knowing what to expect and when to expect it are good things :) If you have suggestions or comments, both are welcome as usual :) Thank you all for being so amazing!
I've made a copy of this post in the forums, but it originally started out being a blog post... so for convenience's sake, I'll post it here, too :)
During my time updating the server and the site today, I stumbled across another great way for everyone to earn bonus Piston Points to spend in the store... and put some diamonds in your inventories at the same time: server voting!
I'm not sure if you've noticed the Vote for Rewards module in the right column of the homepage, but it's there and I've set things up to make voting super easy. I've registered TheStickyPiston at a few websites so the server will appear in different rank lists and be more visible to would-be members of our little community. All you need to do to help get us noticed (and start filling the server with people) is visit the "Vote" links in that little box every day that you visit thestickypiston.com. In return for being awesome and helping to drive traffic to the server and the website, I've structured a rewards program for voting! It goes a little something like this:
You may vote on each site once daily.
Every time you vote on a linked site, you will receive 100 bonus Piston Points and one diamond in-game!
When you vote at ALL sites listed in the Vote for Rewards box in the same day, you will earn another 100 bonus Piston Points and another diamond in-game!
Awards don't stop there, though. There are several awards based on how long you can get to (and stay at) the top of the voter's pile!
Top Daily Voter: Awarded Daily at the end of the day. 500 bonus Piston Points and 5 bonus diamonds!
Top Weekly Voter: Awarded Weekly at the end of Saturday. 1,000 bonus Piston Points and 10 bonus diamonds!
Top Monthly Voter: Awarded monthly on the first day of the month (for the month prior, so June's top voter award will go out on 1 July, and so on). 5,000 bonus Piston Points and 50 bonus diamonds!
*To make things fair, if I happen to be the top voter for the day/week/month, I'll award the bonuses to the person that is second in the standings. If for some impossible reason no one else has voted for the current period, there will be no bonus rewards awarded.
*You MUST visit the sites from the "Vote" links on thestickypiston.com for your votes to count up. I tested this myself, and just going to a site and voting doesn't count your vote through the moduel. I voted on eight sites yesterday, but only got credit for 5, as I only clicked 5 of the "Vote" buttons.
*If you're voting, make sure you have an empty slot or a slot with a diamond already equipped so you don't lose these precious little gems as you earn them! While you don't have to be in-game to collect your in-game rewards, if your inventory is full, your diamonds will not be awarded at a later time... you'll lose them! I'm sorry, but there will be no exceptions on this one, folks. Please do let me know if you've not received your bonus points, however, so the matter can be investigated and any adjustments to your points can be done manually.
I'm super excited to get this program moving, and start giving away bonuses like hotcakes! I hope you all are as excited as I am! As always, suggestions are welcomed and questions are encouraged :)
I've posted this in the news forum, but I wanted it on the front page so that it's more likely to be read. Here's the latest on what's been completed on the Admin side of the website and server.
After a relentless 3-day push to add items and make sure their purchases work correctly in-game, the Points Store is finally completed (at least, until you add something to the Site and Store Suggestions forum for me to put in there). In the store, you'll find donation-based purchases like extra Piston Points and VIP ranks, but mostly you'll find things to spend your points on, like cool particle trails, player heads, survival flying, and mob eggs just to name a few.
The End of Beta
This is an important milestone... it means the server can come out of beta within the next week, as that's how long it will take me to finish up my work in the forums. My "To Do" list is shrinking (woot!). If you know other players that would like our server's style and would fit in well with the group that's already here (they MUST be over the age of 13), please feel free to direct them here to the website to get started with the signup process!
Since the server will be opening up soon, We're going to need to replace a few missing staff members (DingoBuff, Mikey_inator... I'm looking at you! ) Right now we have one Lead Moderator (thanks for stepping up Merk) and two server mods (thanks for all you do, Scoobs and Goat!), but no one to moderate the forums, online chat, and our soon-to-be-activated Teamspeak3 server but little ole me, and I simply cannot be online ALL the time. The kids would eat the cat or something if I did that. Soon Merk will be leaving for an extended holiday, and during the time he's gone I'll need someone to step up into the Lead Mod role (which may be a permanent change, depending on reasons).
There will be applications posted soon for the positions opening up, and a description of the responsibilities of each position will magically appear in the forums as well (I've already got a rudimentary post for Moderator in there). Merk, Goat, Scoob... if you all could message me with some key points you feel I should include in your position descriptions, I sure would appreciate it. I don't want to miss anything, and really there's no one that knows what you do better than you guys (unless it's me, but I've been on the website doing stuff for so long I'm lucky to log any server time at all lately).
If I've missed anything, I sincerely apologize. As always, ideas are welcomed and questions are encouraged. Thank you all for being amazing!