Having had issues surrounding advertising on the server once again, I think it’s time I gave some clarity on the rules around advertising on ClownerCraft.
Firstly, I want to say that we are not in any way against our players playing on other servers, nor do we mind if you chose to start your own – what we’re not happy about is if you try to use our network (including TS and the forums) to try and get players for your server.
ClownerCraft got most of it’s player base from people finding the server through google or server lists. We don’t believe it’s fair for someone to make use of another server to try and gain players. Hence why we do not do this.* It follow then, that we don’t want people to be using the server, that we’ve put an incredible amount of work into keeping alive for 4 years, just to get players. It’s not only disrespectful to the people running the server – but often it will actually look bad on your server.
In regards to advertising – there are a list of things we do not allow:
Don’t give out your server’s IP, website, or anything else that could allow someone to join it on the network. This includes in chat, private messages, on signs, or in a book. This same rule applies to our Teamspeak server and the forums.
Don’t ask people to add you on out of game software (such as skype or discord) just to give them access to your server. Theres nothing wrong with keeping in contact outside of the game – but don’t do it solely to get players to your server.
Try to avoid discussing other servers on our network. I mention this, mainly, to avoid someone asking you for the details and then forcing you to advertise that server.
Hope that clears a few things up,
TL:DR If you’re trying to get a player, who’s playing on our network, to join your (or any other) server in any way – don’t.
*Just a quick footnote, it’s likely some players choose to go round other servers advertising ClownerCraft – this is not something we encourage, and if you are doing this – please stop. It can create a negative reputation, and that’s something we don’t want here.