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Rainbow Community | Survey - Results so Far
Posted by: vertanzil - 04-13-2020, 11:19 PM - Forum: Announcements - No Replies

Survey data – The results so far.
 
Hello everyone
I want to start by saying a massive thank you to everyone, who took the time out of their day to post on the survey and give us the feedback which has been really helpful and quite informative as to how you all interact with the server.
This data so far is based on the results we have had so far if you are still wanting to give us your feedback you are more than welcome to do so by clicking here.
 
Sit back and enjoy this rather long and in-depth look at the information provided.
All of this data is anonymous and we do not know who has given us certain answers and the survey is completely optional and you do not have to do it if you so choose.
 
So the first question and the reason why I wanted to do this was to try and better understand the player base and how you came across Matecraft and to refocus marketing. (see the graph below).
 
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The majority of players who voted had feedback that they found us by word of mouth, this could be from a friend, family member, etc. This is fantastic to hear that so many people are talking about the server and getting new people to join.
We are looking into a reward scheme and this is something that is currently in the works.
Seven of you managed to find us by searching for Minecraft servers or Matecraft on google and came across us.
Surprisingly only six of you managed to find us across all of the voting sites we currently advertise on, I would like to remind everyone if you can please keep voting as this does help massively.
 
They where a few odd stragglers two people managed to find us off of other forums (One was by Sequacious profile on Spigot) and one person found us because of a streamer.
The second question we asked was what do you like to do on Matecraft?

  • Elite Survival topped the polls with 29% of the vote
  • Enchanted came second with 23%
  • Minigames was third with 11%
  • The Aether or Skyblock game modes totalled 14% of the overall vote
  • Classic was last with 1%.
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This is interesting because it tells me that Elite Survival is extremely popular with the player base and that perhaps some of the other game modes not so much. Which is something to look at going forward?
 
The third question that we asked was what attracted you to Matecraft in the first place, there are no surprises that word of mouth came top of this list. Which again is incredible that you are talking about the server to other people and getting them to come and check out the server.
 
The marketing did draw a few people into the server and perhaps not as many as I would have expected but there is still time for this to improve and change over the coming months.
It’s worth noting that some people joined because of certain plugins and the fact that we have a zero-tolerance approach to griefers.
 
Which again is fantastic to see as this means that all of the staff are getting rid of the disruptive and abusive players from the server.
 
Question four was all about why do you the players keep coming back to Matecraft and what makes you want to keep engaged.
 
I was glad to see that the community was head and shoulders above the rest with51% of the overall vote so far.


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This is amazing to see that the reason that you keep coming back is because of the players and staff on the server with the majority of the vote overall. Also, that you are happy with the update schedule and quality of things to do on the server as well.
 
I would personally like to see more events as I know that this polled quite low but was mentioned several times in the last question (which I will get to shortly).
 
One of the last questions that we asked was all about playtime and how long you interact with the server daily.
 
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This was quite interesting as it tells me that when players join the server, they spend on average around 3 to 4 hours playing on the server before they leave to do something else.
 
Whereas a majority of you might only spend an hour here or there playing each day, which kind of ties into what we can do to improve the server which I am going to get to and if this number changes once all of the changes have been made.
 
The last thing that was asked was more of a suggestion and was what would you change to make the server better. This had a range of different answers and I have given this back to Sequacious & Magma to have a look at and discuss between themselves.
 
But as a bit of an insight the majority of these where aimed at Elite Survival and wanting to make changes there (which I have passed to Magma to look into).
 
Another thing that was mentioned quite a bit was wanting more community events and is again something I have passed back (I just want to say a big thank you to Kitty for running the events that she has done so far. As we had some very positive feedback from players on how much they enjoy them).
 
This is everything that I have so far if you have enjoyed reading this rather long post about what you think let me know.
 
In the future I might end up doing more of these as this kind of information we get from the player base is massively helpful, in the efforts to improve the server and also make the changes that you want to see and implement new things.
 
I would also like to remind you to keep voting for the server across all of the vote sites and get your merch while it is here and prepare for the 7th-anniversary celebrations.
Thank you.


Heart Limited Time Merch!
Posted by: vertanzil - 04-11-2020, 07:59 PM - Forum: Announcements - No Replies

Hello everyone

To kick off the start of the 7th Anniversary of Matecraft, we are excited to launch some limited-time merchandise that is branded with our logo.
This is only going to be available for a limited time (until the middle of May), We might look at similar things depending on how well this goes.


The first item is a white T-shirt with a black outline of our logo on the left hand side. (https://teespring.com/en/matecraft-black...cid=103521)
     

The second T-shirt is black and has the coloured version of our logo in the same place. (https://teespring.com/en/matecraft-colou...cid=103527)
   

We decided to also do a Hoodie with a large version of the outline logo on the back of it as well. This unlike the shirts comes in three colours which are Black, Charcoal Grey & Pacfic. (https://teespring.com/en/matecraft-white...cid=103888)
   

We have made sure that we keep the price on these as low as possible so that they are affordable for you to purchase, There are delivery fee costs on top of these prices stated on the shop and if you want to read about the returns policy or cancelations you can find that information here.

If you do have any questions please feel free to send me a message and I will be happy to answer.

Thank you.


Video Community | Poll Results & Video Trailer Contest
Posted by: vertanzil - 04-10-2020, 11:52 PM - Forum: Contests - No Replies

Hello everyone.
 
I wanted to give you a bit of a follow up on the last behind the scenes post that I made and a few other things that are currently happening.
In the last post I asked you our community some questions about what you would like to see next.
I am happy to say that you voted and some of the results you made it quite loud and clear what you wanted.
 
The first poll was regarding adding vote reminders to remind you when in game to vote for the server, this passed with a whopping 78% of people in favour of this and is something that we will be looking to implement shortly.
 
Also, the Refer a friend scheme & redeemable limited rewards passed and is something that everyone seems really interested to get on board with and get implemented.
 
As for the other things that you voted for the leader boards for top voters, x number of votes and having a drop party, tags for voters are all things to be looked into to see if they are going to be viable.
 
Leading up to the 7-year celebrations we are going to be holding a special content for all of you budding video editors.
 
We are wanting everyone who is taking part to create a video trailer for the server, showing of the various aspects of the server (you can even feature your own builds and friends in the video as well)
 
The first prize will be $60 store credit, $30 store credit for second place and $10 for third place.
 
Everyone who participates gets a free red play button tag! To participate, make a video under 3 minutes featuring what you like in Matecraft, then upload it to YouTube, post it in #?general and tag  @MagmaGuy so we can see it! Group submissions are allowed, but rewards will be shared. The entries will close on the 20th, the day of the anniversary!
 
We are also looking for your opinion on the server and what you think, we have been working hard to get this set up. We are looking for people to give us their feedback this will only take a few minutes of your time, all of the data is anonymous and is completely optional.
 
 
Thanks


Rainbow Community | We Need Your Opinion
Posted by: vertanzil - 04-10-2020, 09:51 PM - Forum: Announcements - No Replies

Hello everyone

Myself and @Forrrrr have been collaborating together and have been speaking over the past couple of days about surveys, analytics and data. To possibly see if this is something that we can use to help improve the marketing of the server and what changes are required.

Could I please ask if you get chance to complete the survey in the link below, this data is completely anonymous and is optional and you do not have to complete this, if you do not wish.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/7QKMY8L

Thank you.


Exclamation SkyGrid Redux | Now Open
Posted by: Sequacious - 04-05-2020, 11:42 AM - Forum: Updates - No Replies

Over the past few months SkyGrid has undoubtedly been the weakest of our Aether suite of servers.
With constant crashing, poor Nether & End Grid support, small player protections and a collection of other issues.
Well that simply wasn't good enough.

SkyGrid Redux is now open!
Notable Changes;
- Brand new Spawn [Courtesy of Mixter213]
- Default Protection Size of 600x600 for each Player
- Players are now placed 1200 blocks apart in the grid
- Chests now have a proper random loot table
- Nether & End grids are now fully functional
- Up to 8 players can team up in one persons Grid
Unfortunately for all of this to work we have had to reset the old Grid, however we think you'll really enjoy the changes made and hope that you'll continue to enjoy the mode!
If you do have any issues, please post them on the forums at https://www.matecraft.org/forumdisplay.php?fid=29 or in #support on Discord
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Happy Matecrafting!


Rainbow Community | Advertising, Vote Reminders, Twitter & 7 Years of Matecraft
Posted by: vertanzil - 04-04-2020, 10:56 PM - Forum: Announcements - No Replies

Hello everyone

All of the staff have been very busy behind the scenes over the last week or two, working hard to improve the server by making changes, fixing bugs and making sure that everything is running smoothly. (Sequacious posted here reading the current updates and news.)

As some of you are aware, we have had an influx of new people, and this is really good for the server, as it means that we are growing and that the advertising that we are currently doing is working.

Can I please just remind everyone to be as welcoming and inviting of the new people as possible, even if it is just as simple as asking them if they would like to join you in what you are doing.

I would like to do more with the advertising for the server, so starting next week we are going to be running two campaigns on our Twitter & Facebook.
The first is going to be a vote remind which is going to be tweeted out every day next week reminding people to vote for the server. If you can please vote for the server everyday this would help us out massively and you get some cool in game rewards as well. (You can find the link to our voting sites here)

The second one I am going to be running just for next week is an experiment to see how certain hashtags preform and what interaction that they get.
So this will be things like #selfiesunday and it might be a selfie of a few people on the server all grouped together.

I have also made some minor changes to some of the advertisements that we put out on twitter, these are mainly just changes to some hashtags & wording and adding pictures for the Discord, Website and Store information that we send out.

If you do have any questions about any of this you can reach me on Discord or in game, or if you do have any suggestions of things you would like to see, please let me know.

The whole reason we are making these changes is that on the 20th of this month, Matecraft will have been running for 7 years. This in itself is a massive achievement and I would like to say thank you to all of the players and staff who have helped us reach this milestone.

We are currently looking at possibly holding some sort of event on the server in order to crown this achievement.
Thanks


Information State of Matecraft #2 | Updates, Chat & Community
Posted by: Sequacious - 04-01-2020, 12:57 PM - Forum: Behind the Scenes - No Replies

Hello all!
Welcome to the series of updates I will be posting as time goes on, bringing the community up-to-speed with the goings on of the network.

First things first, we recently had a massive changeover in the backend of the entire network when it comes to player permissions.
For those of you that don't know, permissions are what allow players to do commands, show prefixes & interact with anything in the server.
Naturally this switch may introduce issues so if you come across any please let us know.

Time for some per-server news:
Elite Survival: A massive PvP Arena has popped up at spawn and you can acquire player heads in it! There's also special mechanics in place to make sure you don't lose your inventory or XP while in the Arena.
Creative: All tiers of Builder have been given /pweather [rain,sun,reset] as the weather in Creative is always set to sun. 
We're also constantly testing the viability of FastAsyncWorldEdit returning as it's developers are squashing some major bugs, making World Edit functions much less likely to strain the server.
Aether [SkyBlock, SkyGrid, AcidIsland, CaveBlock]: All Aether servers have been updated internally to help prevent crashing.
As a side note, SkyGrid Redux is almost ready to launch, with less crashing, a new spawn, working chests in the grid, larger default claims & more!
Enchanted: Small tweaks have been made over the past week but the next patch is incoming! The next patch is themed around extra dimensions, and one dimension I'm happy to confirm is coming is the 'Oasis'.
This world is full of bustling forests surrounded by huge sand plateaus, however, if you follow the rivers underground you'll find massive underground caverns that continue for miles.
The bloodmoons are less frequent, but more deadly. Especially with the return of Giants Wink
More to come soon.
Global: Many messages sent to players [rankups, bans, mutes, kicks e.t.c] have been updated to differentiate them from normal chat.
Bombermate, SuperSmashMates & The Towers Coming Very Soon

Be sure to check out this post from Vertanzil on Voting Rewards, Community Discussion and More to get your say on some future Matecraft features;
https://www.matecraft.org/showthread.php?tid=1396

Until next time, Happy Matecrafting!


Rainbow Community | Vote rewards, Community & More
Posted by: vertanzil - 03-29-2020, 08:50 PM - Forum: Announcements - No Replies

Hello there I wanted to bring you something a little bit different to the recent update posts and hot fixes that we post here in the announcement.
Myself, MagmaGuy & Sequacious have been looking at various ideas the advertising and marketing of the server going forward. While going through this process we have come up with additional ideas and would like feedback from you the players of the server and the staff as well.
 
Now some of these changes might not happen over night and they could be a few weeks down the line. As there will need to be various discussions had on what is the best way to implement these changes and what affect it is going to have on the server and the community as a whole.
 
I am going to split this down into categories, the first one is relating to my favourite subject and that is voting, vote rewards and player interaction.
 
As I am sure you are all aware, we now have a lot more vote sites and chances for you to gain rewards in game across all of the Matecraft servers.
 
What I would like to ask is for your help with this, as we are now set up on the majority of the voting sites and we are constantly tweaking things in the backend, by either changing the wording of our advertisements, creating new media to advertise with.
It would be much appreciated if you could just spend 5 minutes a day to vote for the server and this will help us out massively.
 
We are also looking to make changes to the server based on this as well, some of these changes are as follows. Sending helpful reminders to players to ask them to vote for the server (This is something we are looking to roll out across the server and possibly to discord as well).
https://www.strawpoll.me/19648025
 
Other options that we are currently considering are additional vote rewards for players along with the crate keys. These could be called MateVote Rewards, this is something that I am welcome to getting feedback from you the players.
 
The initial thoughts are to do a reward system by getting x number of votes per day, then we can issue a reward for reaching that number (Either a drop party of loot), Weekly vote rewards and a leader board and some form of additional tag for players who are regular voters;
https://www.strawpoll.me/19648047
 
The second categories are more related to events and the community itself. As I want to make sure that everyone when they come onto the server. That they are engaged in the community and have something to do and that there is always something happening.
 
One of the other ideas that was suggested was a global events system, this could be anything from a Lottery system where you pick a number and win a prize to unscramble the word, to other events.
 
The last category relates to referral rewards & promotional code rewards.
 
This is something that had been discussed in brief but we had been looking into the possibility of adding a refer a friend scheme where you get someone to join and you get a reward for doing so; 
https://www.strawpoll.me/19648069
 
We also wanted to possible trial the referral reward code rewards where we might post something on one of our social media pages and you have a limited time to claim the reward;
https://www.strawpoll.me/19648073
 
There are other smaller updates that we are looking into such as Holographic Chat for Donators and possible doing some sort of a quiz for new players to gain Member more easily.
 
The majority of these are up for debate as they will need to be implemented in the correct way.
 
Which is why I am asking for feedback from everyone who plays on Matecraft, for your input (I have added straw poll links to the post at various parts for you to vote) if you do have any additional ideas you would like to discuss. Please post them under suggestions on the forums and we can poll it.


Information State of Matecraft #1 | Resets, P.R. & Social Media
Posted by: Sequacious - 03-23-2020, 05:23 PM - Forum: Behind the Scenes - No Replies

Hello all!
Welcome to the first of a series of updates I will be posting as time goes on, bringing the community up-to-speed with the goings on of the network.

Currently there's a lot of work going on behind the scenes to bring Matecraft back to it's former glory.
Let's start by addressing some concerns players have had recently.

Known Issues;
- Frequent Crashing of SkyGrid - The SkyGrid Redux update has been due for a while and now that I have a lot more free time, it will be coming shortly. This will hopefully fix this issue.
- Frequent Crashing of Enchanted - The cause is known, unfortunately an easy fix is not, we're actively working to come up with a solution for this.
- AcidIsland Mob Spawn Rates are FAR too High - This is being investigated.

Server Resets;
Each server on the Matecraft network has a different approach to resetting and we know this can get confusing, so I'll outline it per-server here.
Elite Survival - Operates a 2-world policy. If a Minecraft update has enough changes to world generation, a new world will be opened. This world will be where all new players spawn and a warp will be created to the spawn of the old one should players wish to return. Inventories are NOT shared between these worlds. With 1.16, it seems only the Nether world has changes in generation so it will most likely be the only one resetting.
Creative - Creative DOES NOT reset if we can help it. The only time Creative ever needs to reset is if world corruption occurs, or a server-breaking bug happens. For 1.16 we are planning on introducing a new Nether Terrain Plots world as the Nether generation has actually gotten interesting.
Aether [SkyBlock, SkyGrid, AcidIsland, CaveBlock] - Again, these servers do not reset if we can help it. The spawn shops are continuously updated with blocks from newer versions as time goes on.
Classic - Does not reset.
Enchanted - Enchanted does have a history of resetting every version, however with 1.16 as the changes seem to be only with the Nether & Enchanted doesn't rely on Vanilla biomes at all, only the Nether will be resetting.

Now on to something lighter, new modes for the network!
We recently put out a poll asking if the community wanted minigames to return in some fashion and the answer was a resounding yes.
We've recently opened MateQuake which has been quite popular, with SuperSmashMates & Bombermate soon to follow.
Stay tuned for more on these soon!

You may have also noticed a lot of newcomers and additions to our Voting Sites, Twitter and YouTube.
Our new head of PR, Vertanzil has been busting out advertising for the network like nobodies business and it's been working great!
We look forward to what he has in store for us in the coming weeks as the work so far has been fantastic!


Star Server Event | Build Battle & Spleef
Posted by: Reanna_ - 03-12-2020, 04:50 PM - Forum: Contests - No Replies

[Image: d198f92b9911c7fdbb12baa694a819a2.svg] [Image: 540448957013164042.png?v=1] Build Battle | Community Challenge [Image: 540448957013164042.png?v=1] [Image: d198f92b9911c7fdbb12baa694a819a2.svg]

Date and Time: March 14th, Saturday at 5:00pm - 6:00pm EST 

Objective: Build anything within a theme (to be voted on) in a 30x30 contest area 

Prize: $10.00(USD) Matecraft Store Credit

Rules: - The set time limit is 1 hour 
- If you come late, you can still join! But you only have until 6:00pm EST to complete your build 
- No teams, you must build by yourself 
- World Edit is allowed 
- The build must be in the 30x30 area 
- Griefing is not allowed 
- Everyone is allowed to participate, this includes staff! 
- The contest will be moderated to ensure no foul-play At the end of the contest everyone will vote for their favorite build, you cannot vote for your own. If there is a tie between builds, every participant will vote in a tie breaker. The winner will receive $10.00 USD Matecraft Store credit! Have fun and happy gaming!

[Image: 540448956853911553.png?v=1] Spleef [Image: 540448956853911553.png?v=1]

Join us for a good old fashion game of Spleef! 
This will take place at 6:30pm EST in Elite Survival at /spawn! 

Hope to see you there!