Pearland Nerd is a public server. I say that because although we’re whitelisted, anyone can join. Some would argue that a whitelisted server cannot be public, but I disagree. There is no denying, however, that a non-whitelisted server attracts more players and helps create a larger community.
How would you guys feel about me taking out the obstacle to joining of registering on a whitelist? Why don’t we just get rid of the application process, since it doesn’t filter out anyone anyway? All it does is create more work for griefers and legitimate players alike. When someone sees Pearland Nerd in a list of servers, and they choose to click on it, what’s the process for them to join? They must click once to get to the server’s website, click again to join, read instructions (that’s the hard part), type their username, read and type a CAPTCHA, hit enter or click a button, and then they may add the server to their Minecraft server list and begin playing. If we remove the whitelist process, they can see the IP on the ad itself and connect to the server. In one step.
The argument for keeping the whitelist process is this: I speculate (there is no evidence to prove or disprove this statement, but it seems logical) that griefers have less patience than real players. I speculate, therefore, that a whitelisted server has a lower concentration of griefers joining than a non-whitelisted one. One should note that with the new moderators later this month, we will be able to have at least one moderator online almost 24/7, effectively stopping griefers as they join.
Now that you’ve heard both sides of the argument, what’s your opinion? Should we remove the whitelisting process, or keep it as an added security measure?