Hey there, partypeople,
it’s time to shutdown the VIP World.
VIP was our old concept of a great minetestserver. We didn’t want protection, we wanted trust, and this concept actually worked - kinda. We had to learn that initial protection like no interact privilege by default and requiring a player to do specific things in order to gain interact would be too much to ask for many of the very few Minetest players there are already.
We also had a problem with trustworthy players itself: Many simply didn’t trust this concept even with our very active moderation and trustworthy players who became inactive, left a big hole as almost no new players joined the world.
We later started TechEth with a more common concept, with protection and areas. Compared to VIP, this is getting tracktion. Even tho we have almost no active players on VIP anymore, we didn’t shut it down, because it uses a different type of mod collection what makes it tricky to migrate buildings over. It is also always hard to see a world go. Instead we aimed to make it available for trusted players on TechEth… which… certainly didn’t work out, and it makes sense, why would someone want to start from scratch as a reward?
However, we now decided to free up some resources and maintenance effort by shutting down VIP anyway.
We will migrate as much as possible.
…we give you the chance to decide what and to where on TechEth. We will start with well known buildings and do local test adoptions so we can add missing nodes to the world by hand. Those, as not in the modcollection design would not be craftable, but requestable if somebody wants to continue building on their building.
At the moment where we believe that everything is done, VIP will silently shutdown.
If you are late with your migration request, no worry, we will keep a copy so we can migrate your building lateron.
We will provide backups of the world on request as well.