I've been putting this off and off for quite some time now, but I've finally realized that this needs to be done.I love EMC. It was the first Minecraft server I connected too, and it has been the only one I have ever played on (besides some hunger games servers )It might surprise you that I have been on EMC for 1070 days. "But ecko, it says only 490 days?" /p bertone_alfa. Don't worry, the staff knows about this past account, I won't be banned for making this public lol (at least I hope not, but then again it doesn't matter) Actually, SteamedEcko is my 4th account on EMC, the past 3 have all been banned. Bertone_Alfa, Marklea, and KoenJanssen have all been previous accounts I've had banned on this server. Again, the staff know this as well. I'm not going to go into why these accounts were banned, but if you really want to know PM me. Anyways, with these 4 accounts I have run numerous malls, dealt with millions of rupees, and have created, managed, and destroyed the largest EMC subcommunity I know of, the EMC Militia. I've invested days. if not weeks, into EMC, and I think its time I call it quits. However, in typical Bertone-Marklea-Koen-Ecko fashion, I'm not leaving until I speak my mind about what this server has become. Not really intended to be a trigger thread, but I will say some things many people will not like or agree with, but I feel they need to be said. I will not be aggressive or rude to anybody in the following commentary, however if you are easily offended by even the smallest criticism, I kindly ask you to move on. Staff, I'm not writing this to get banned, I am doing this to offer some much needed constructive criticism. If you feel the need to ban me, let me know before you do because I want to give away all my stuff. The number one problem I have with EMC right now is how there is a push for more and more new players, without any attention to those of us who have been here awhile. The staff seems more and more eager to recruit new players than they are to look after the needs and concerns of the veterans. Fact is, EMC has an AWFUL turnover rate, with 325,907 registered members, but only 15375 (as of 12/7/15) have been active the last month. That's less that 5% active members from total members. Obviously, the push for more members has yielded nothing except an inflated total, and has not benefited the community in any way, and I would argue that it has actually damaged the community. These new members are often the culprits of griefing and spamming, and can cause negative effects to those who are actually trying to have fun. So my first piece of criticism regarding EMC today is stop pushing for new players and start catering to those of us who actually play. 'I also am starting to develop an issue with the community on EMC. When I first joined, everybody seemed real nice, fun to talk to, and not afraid to state their own opinion. Recently, I have noticed a huge spike in the amount of butt-kissing and conformism on the forums and in-game. People seem to be afraid to state their opinion on just about anything, because as soon as they do they are bombarded with quoted forum posts and contradicting statements. While it may be true that people genuinely like how things are going, I just have this sense that people are just sucking up and not sharing how they really feel. There are also some people I see on the forums who frequently voice their opinions and are not afraid to stand by what they say. To those people, I commend you. Another issue I have with the community is how self-righteous people have become. For example, when somebody uses mild caps or mild profanity and everybody starts going "ermahgerd stap". It's not needed. Telling other people to follow the rules does nothing but make you look like there's a stick up your rear. If you are actually bothered by something, tell staff and let them deal with it, you don't need to get involved. So my second criticism for EMC is to start appreciating the opinions of everybody and to not be so systematic in how you interact with everybody else.Next, I want to share my opinion on "babying" in EMC. First, I will talk about what I call "baby rules" that EMC has opted to enforce. Baby rules are rules that are added after an addition of a new feature or item, or after a specific event, that have no purpose but to "protect" the ignorant, who are usually new players (see first point). One example is the ban on selling those chests with a random item on it due to "scamming". This rule was met by praise from the community (see second point), however, I feel it is nothing but detrimental to those of us who want to gain economically (see next point). There are many rules like this, and it seems like most of them were created to deal with scamming. Now, if people could actually think for themselves and make informed decisions, scamming would dramatically decrease and perhaps be non-existent. Instead, the staff create rules so people don't even need to be aware of what is happening, and just do what they are told. Babying also occurs on the forums, often when threads are shut down when things get too "heated". I cannot express how much I dislike threads being shut down, for any reason. First of all, some of my best moments on EMC were from heated forum discussions (New Republic lol) and I don't think I have ever seen a thread get so bad it legitimately needed to be closed. Some of the best breakthroughs and resolutions occur when things get heated, and I don't think people's thoughts should be suppressed because a small amount of people got upset. I am almost 100% sure this thread will be closed, either because people got upset and started having a meaningful discussion, or staff didn't like the content. Instead of treating everybody like the babies who can't handle a little arguing, the staff should allow these discussions to happen in order to allow everybody a chance to partake and offer their ideas. My third and final criticism for EMC is to stop babying it's players and to start letting people think for themselves. Thank you to those who took the time to read what I wanted to say. Again, I am not writing this to start a flame war, but I feel like this needs to be put out there. I am interested in hearing your thoughts about what I wrote, and I'm up for questions in this forum.Thanks again!