Since I got quite a few responses already about my review of Howlmc.net, I want to make a few thing clear here with this post and clear some missunderstandings and questions.
The reason behind this question is mainly because the comment-area is a pain to answer stuff, so I desided to do it this way here.
2. Custom world != Spawn
I mentioned that I didn't like that the spawn is extremely large and feels quite empty.
I also mentioned that the custom world used for the survival spawn is not good.
In both cases did I mention at some point what server I mean. The category is also labeled as "Spawn" to clarify that I talk about the spawns (the points where you first enter a server/world) and not the customly generated world, where players can mine, build and such.
The main hub-world (When you first connect through the domain) is large and for the fact that the server (at the moment) only provides 2 gamemodes (SkyBlock and Survival), is this a bit of overkill to have, since the spawn feels empty.
I said nothing against the details it has, but it's quite clear that this server is meant for large playerbases of around 50 to 100 players.
Also since I tried /wild in the Survival server, and got randomly teleported in the same world, I thought I'm already in the main survival world, but on further checking, saw that I have to type /wilds.
3. Tab list
A complain I got was about my "harsh judgement" of the "colourfull tablist".
I said myself, that the tablist in general looks decent, but it is the displayed players that was annoying. I have nothing against displaying the ranks in the tab, when it isn't the entire rank prefix!
I saw quite a few decent tablists that where well made and displayed stuff like the players rank. But instead of showing "Owner" they perhaps changed it to show "O" or in some rare cases even just changed the colour of the player.
I also dislike showing the nickname in tab.
I have nothing against you being "open to your playerbase", but I have something against spam... To be fair, on 1.13.2 the spam with /[tab] got reduced/removed to their new command-suggestion system, but this doesn't mean it still isn't sort of spam.
Also please don't lie to my face about being open (more on that later).
An argument against my note of text in GUIs not being readable is, to just change my settings...
Uhhhh. No. It isn't the job of the player, to change their settings, to something else (that could even be bad for the performance, depending on the setting) just to read stuff...
You as a server-owner/team should think about "What if someone with setting xy joins?" and make the GUIs and plugins work for that.
A player can choose if he wants to change stuff... And just changing GUI size to small, to finally read the text is really a waste of time and not worth it.
6. Not explaining stuff
That was mentioned and complained about multiple times. That I complain about stuff not being explained enough.
I also get said, that /menu is the guide to go.
However. I go with the 30-second rule, which basically means "If I can understand and play within 30 seconds, I probably stay".
SkyBlock is a good example: No explanation needed. Just run the command and start playing!
Meanwhile your survival has custom crafting that has to be explained, a rank system that has to be explained, jobs that needs to be explained and probably some other stuff...
I can agree that your /menu might be a solution for that, but it's clicking stuff over and over again.
I can't give a magic formula here on how to provide a easy way to give people info they need (Maybe a step-by-step tutorial that moves them through the basic steps?), but there sure is something else than /menu and finding something in the other menus.
Lies, issues, false informations
I really dislike it when people quote me in a wrong way or even better try to "decode" my message and show the true meaning,
Your spawns are well-built, but since you have a couple duplicate holograms and you are a small server without people constantly hopping all over spawn, I am giving you a 40%.
This is straight up wrong,
I agree on that the spawn (the main spawn in that case) was well build.
But just the duplicate holograms and the fact of missing players isn't the reason.
The spawn itself is quite large. And think about one thing: Your gamemodes.
You offer two gamemodes and the NPCs for them are right in the players face. Having such a huge spawn is a waste of space, since 80% of the players will directly join one of the two gamemodes, while the remaining 20% will explore the spawn and maybe join the other servers later....
The spawn, while it offers a lot of details, lacks stuff to make it explore, since the main thing (the two gamemodes) is not even 10 blocks away from their spawning point.
I refuse to change my GUI size to accomodate for your admittedly extremely extensive, user friendly, and detailed guides and explanations, I hate color, don't understand how free-to-play ranking ladders work, and like exaggerating the importance of minor problems that have easy fixes.
You really like your own server, don't you?
I mean when I read the words "extremely extensive, user friendly, and detailed guides and explanations" I really think about if you actually think of other peoples too.
The wording is so self-loving that it almost hurst to read it. Like don't assume I would say such crap, since I clearly stated what the issues are.
Text isn't readable since not everyone has your GUI settings, nor will they change it just for your server and chat in particular is not good to look at because of prefix and nickname combination.
Also please refuse in future to assume I wouldn't understand rank-systems or that I don't like colours.
You probably offer interesting things, but I couldn't be bothered to find out what those things are or review this server in a fair and unbiased manner, so after leaving a review of only the negative things I could pick out in 20-30m, I give this server a 3/10
My review is in the perspective of a normal player.
I'm sorry if it feels bad for you, but you also need to take critic and don't react like someone punched you in the balls.
Also did I check the gamemodes you offered and even explored the survival world a bit.
Just assuming I didn't review this server in a "fair and unbiased way" is generally insulting ans shows how extreme you take any critic.
Final, most important info: Personal opinion
One thing so many people forget is, that this reviews are my personal opinion and not yours.
Just because you think your server is a masterpiece, doesn't mean it is one for other players.
The channel topic of #rate-my-server even mentions it:
"Post your server for others to rate it! | Please don't post if you can't handle creative criticism."
Reading the comments I got, I can clearly tell that you couldn't take critic in the slightest. This can also be confirmed by the fact, that the poster (evan#8696) reacted aggressive, when someone clicked on the 1 star reaction for the server.
You can't expect a perfect 10/10 rating for your server all the time. There will always be someone finding flaws or personal issues with your server.
Welcome title stays WAY to long.
5 seconds are okay, but that one stayed for like 20-30 seconds which is way too much,
Why do you need 7 holograms to show the exact same message over and over again?
1 is more than enough.
Same goes for spawn of the survival world. Also having such a spawn for a survival world isn't a good thing.... Just have a main world spawn where people also could use /wild (more on that later).
Rain in the spawn is a absolute no go (Unless it's survival).
While the spawn is well decorated and nice, is it way too big and empty for what your server offers...
Either make it smaller, put easter eggs/colectables in it to animate people to check the spawn out or put things like NPCs or ArmorStands in it to make it more "alive".
The SkyBlock spawn looks.... okay.
No command to get back to main hub? That is a must have for every server network.
I reeeeeeealy dislike this custom world in a (again) survival server.
Also I couldn't even really start in survival since there is no real explanation on how to get started.
The welcome messages in the servers (exception being the main hub) are horrible.
I get spammed with way too many messages in Survival and SkyBlock.
WorldGuard telling me I'm not allowed to do this and that is annoying. Disable this message with /rg flag __global__ deny-messages -e
The message that someone votes and received key and money is also annoying... Make it at least not that visible.
Also how many times can someone vote?! One player voted like 10 times in not even 5 minutes and I won't believe you that your server is on that many lists.
Now to the tablist:
The general look is okay and not that bad.
Only thing I really don't like is the display of the players. Way too many colours, way to many ranks and symbols.
The same goes for the chat. That is pure colour vommiting you have there and not good.
Also please redo your menus.
The description (lore) isn't made for people like me that have their GUI set to auto-size.
I couldn't read half of all inventories because of that.
I typed that instead of /wilds and got randomly teleported in the spawn...
I can see many plugins/commands by just typing / and pressing tab.
Average Rating: 4/10
Final Rating: 4/10 [Bad]
The spawn looks open and quite natural.
But there is snow for no reason...
And the spots around the spawnpoint indicate that there are normally NPCs/ArmorStands, so.... I guess you used a premade spawn. (A "warp" sign and a sign-wall strenghs this idea...)
I personally don't like the colour of the message in the chat (To find us on other spots, do /links) but that's preference I guess.
I reeeeeally don't like the fact, that the sun moves and then gets "put back" down.
There is a gamerule called "doDaylightCicle" that you can set to false, if you don't want the sun to move/time to change.
It triggers me a bit, that the items in the hotbar are not "symetric" (like f.e. in slots 1, 2, 5, 8 and 9)
Why do you have 3 different hubs?!
Why do you give people a Gadgets-item if they have no permissions for any of the effects, animals, etc?
Same for the trails item.
Is SMP not a sort of Vanilla Multiplayer?
If yes, then why are there holograms and crates?
Couldn't you just put it in hub?
Also the hub is silent (with exception of a boss bar that appears from time to time) while SMP is almost spam like?
Same issues like SMP: Why is there crates? It's SkyBlock! Crates shouldn't be part of that.
Spawn looks alright.
It's a normal plot world...
The tablist looks absolutely HORRIBLE.
The colours are bad, the format is bad and who had the idea of this stile?
Same goes for chat format. It's god aweful.
You should disable the world guard messages about not being allowed to break stuff (/rg flag [region|__global__] deny-message -e)
You hide your plugins, which isn't really needed.
You for sure don't have any unique plugins that nobody else has. CombatTagPlus, GriefPrevention, McMMO, aSkyBlock, PlotSquared, Essentials.... I could list more and more.
The cosmetic and trails item can't be used at all since all effects/options are denied for normal users.
Final Rating: 5 [OK]
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