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Seems like more and more are getting the memo - Back up often!
The poor devil's such as team avolition and I Can Has Grief have fizzled, perhaps because there is no honor among griefers, perhaps because all the hard work of destruction is pointless when it can be rolled back so quickly and easily.
Is my premise wrong? Is there still a thriving griefer community?
There are probably still a lot of griefers/cheaters out there. You probably don't see much of them because not all of them are uploading videos to YouTube, the griefers anyways. As for "hackers" (more or less cheating than it is hacking), they're still around. I doubt they'll be going away any time soon.
I don't notice any difference. I've seen no shortage of videos recently uploaded of people cheating/griefing. I know of this youtuber who has a multi-part series of cheating on mineplex. I think it has slowly declined after 2012, but there is definitely plenty still out there.
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I am currently lurking more than I am posting. I haven't gone anywhere.
Griefing can still happen but with anti-cheat stuff and with larger servers it has been easier to control. I remember back in the beta griefers essentially hijacked servers by going on as the OPs or by betraying the mod team to get control of the server. Now that is so much harder for them so basically why bother.
What's the point in cheating in Minecraft? I mean seriously, how can cheating in such a game in which people are mining for ores and really doing nothing in particular make anyone feel better? What purpose does it serve? Oh, increase your self-esteem by giving yourself an unfair advantage in the ultra "who can click faster" contest! That'll give you a reason to wake up in the mornings!
With griefers, it's just being a jerk. They serve no purpose in life other than ruin other peoples' stuff because they don't have any actual things to do other than to people off.
Both these types of people will never go away. Even if people leave the population, more people will join. So there will always be a population of these types of people.