In the past, Mineplex has been the largest Minecraft server in the world. However, because of many changes internally and externally (that I will discuss in this part and future parts), Mineplex has dramatically declined in popularity. This post is for people who want a way out of this darkness, to see the restoration of Mineplex to its former glory. Part 1. For the privacy of both staff and community members, names in this post are censored. The overall job of Mineplex staff is to ensure that players have the best experience possible. In general, this means that staff have a high quality relationship based on mutual respect with players. Staff members in management positions should especially have these high quality relationships as they are the ones making the decisions. However, this type of communication (that’s necessary to have a prosperous server) between players and staff is nowhere to be found. Countless times players are ignored, even when criticizing the server to try and improve it. (Scroll down to other posts and you will likely see staff members dismissing what I have written here.) I was interested in what community members had to say about problems within Mineplex, so I asked them. One community member I spoke with was a former staff member. When I asked them about the problems with management, they said: “The Mineplex staff team is a mess. It’s managed poorly. StaffManagerA does absolutely nothing and is the most stubborn and arrogant person on the server. I’ve had many ideas rejected by them. That’s why rules discussion was deleted. (I asked this former staff member what “Rules Discussion” was. It was apparently a channel where mods could privately discuss rules and rule changes amongst themselves.) StaffMemberA couldn’t handle the arguments between staff. Obviously nothing ever came out of it. All in all [the] staff team is bias and [a] competition contest to see who can get the most sub team badges.” When people feel like what they are asking for is being met, then they have a good experience. But when they see broken promises (I’ll get into detail about this later), lack of respect, and poor communication, the relationship between the community and the staff is harmed. This toxic competition staff members are put into to see who can get the most sub team badges is reflected in the relationship between staff and the community. Staff are unable to ensure players have a good experience. So how are these problems fixed? How can we improve the staff team to improve the relationship between staff and community? For those who love Mineplex and want to see a return to its former glory, we must advocate for a new system. A system that recruits staff not just for passing the application process, but for having a strong relationship with the community. We need to bring populism to Mineplex. I call this system “Democracy with Mineplex Characteristics”. Instead of community members becoming Trainees after passing the interview, DMC has another step to ensure that they build a genuine relationship with the community. Applicants are put to a vote where the community can decide who they like and who they don’t. I am not suggesting DMC to be an unchangeable system. The specifics should be decided and edited depending on the situation. Here are some ideas though (the variables can also be changed to fit the given situation): Putting all applicants against one another and only the top 50% are accepted. In order to be accepted, applicants must have at least 25 votes. Putting each applicant against another applicant and have people vote for which of the 2 they prefer. Whoever has the most votes in each pair gets accepted. There are other things that must be done to see the restoration of Mineplex to its former glory, but I do not want this post to be too long. I will make future posts about what else must be done. Stay tuned. Questions, comments, criticism, and anything else you’d like to say is welcome.