You can’t have a successful Minecraft server without a community. Mineplex has a community, an extremely loyal and devoted community at that, however we don’t seem to be appreciated. At all. The community are responsible for hundreds of amazing ideas which are liked by other community members, but they are still shot down a lot. It’s extremely disappointing to see. The production, leadership and admin teams are responsible for everything that goes on on Mineplex, and therefore should (hypothetically) be catering for the community, because without them there is no Mineplex. They seem to do the opposite more often than not though. Let's take the Ideas Team for example. It’s an amazing team in theory, especially as it’s open to all community members, however in practice, it doesn’t work that well. The production team are the people who ultimately approve or disapprove ideas, not the team members who represent the community. If the production team doesn’t like an idea, then it won’t be approved even if everyone involved in bringing the idea to life love it, including those on the Ideas Team. There’s no reason for this. If an idea simply isn’t possible, then explain that to the community. Don’t just shut down an amazing idea and leave it at that. Work with the community to find a middle ground. Next, the censorship within Mineplex is intense to say the least. Any sort of disagreement is shut down as soon as possible. Even if the people involved have fair points to make. Positivity seems to be more important to staff members, which just is not realistic. If 2 people have opposing ideas, then there is nothing anyone can do to change that. Sure, they can do so in more civil ways, however in my experience that doesn’t even really matter. If there is any kind of negativity (especially if it’s directed at the server) then it must be shut down immediately! It’s stupid. It’s not how a productive server should operate. If the playerbase isn’t able to express their opinions, then nothing can improve. Criticism is something everyone receives, and it’s how people learn how they can improve. If feedback isn’t able to get back to higher-ups, then the server can’t improve, and the only way they’re going to get that valuable feedback is through the community. We cannot continue to be censored for the sake of making the server look 100% kind and family friendly. It’s not realistic. It’s not how the real world works. Refusing to accept criticism isn’t an option. Players genuinely care about this server, and they try to help but their feedback rarely seems to make its way back to Leadership, or if it does it’s ignored. If the Leadership Team want the server to continue to be successful, then they need to take serious consideration of what the community thinks of recent updates or potential future updates they wish to see, and right now they are not doing that. I don’t blame them entirely though, as it is the moderators who have to enforce the strict rules decided by the Rules Committee/Forums team, depending which platform we’re talking about. The rules definitely need to be more lenient if a player is trying to give genuine feedback about the server. If they use a harsh tone or don’t offer personal suggestions, that doesn’t mean they don’t want to help. If a member of the community is taking the time to give their opinion on the server, then they obviously care enough about Mineplex to take time out of their day to do so. Not everyone is able to delicately word their ideas to ensure nobody has their precious feelings hurt, but players shouldn’t be punished for that. There’s a difference between bashing and strong wording. The next major flaw within how the Mineplex community is viewed is through who players associate with. If a community member talks to staff a lot, then their ideas are going to be considered more than someone with the same amount of experience who may not talk to as many staff members, even though they should both be considered equally. It sounds obvious, but people should be judged on their experience and ideas, not on who they associate with. That really just isn’t how things seem to be done on Mineplex though. There’s a lot of obvious favouritism on Mineplex, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but if it gets to a point where only an exclusive group of players are listened to, then there is a major problem there. I mention experience here too because newer players simply aren’t able to give as well constructed feedback or ideas for any pre-existing features. I have no doubt that newer players have valuable ideas, and certainly also need to be considered when discussing potential updates, however players with more experience are just that… more experienced. Experience is important when it comes to contributing to a discussion. You cannot be clueless going into it or else you won’t be taken seriously, and that’s completely fair. Anyhow, going back to my first point, there are obviously some players who are listened to more than others by teams such as GI and CoM because these players are better known by members of the staff team. That’s fine, and it can be a good thing if these community members have a lot to offer in terms of ideas for future updates, but when 90% of the ideas are taken from this exclusive group of players, there is a serious issue as the server will become catered to them and not the rest of the community. It’s not fair to cater to a small amount of the community when we still have thousands of unique players logging in every day. That's my personal stance on some major issues I feel the Mineplex community face.