Furthermore i'd like to suggest you start an anarchy server. Allow anything but illegal actions and hacked clients.
Hacked clients can have modifications which makes minecraft super boring.
I am not talking about flying hacks here, more about chest esp. That's an Xray modification which takes away any fun imo.
The best would be if you yourself, declare which mods are allowed, IF you allow mods.
(Minimap including player radar, damage indicator, autofish and what so ever)
There are some anti cheat plugins, which might help you out. Unfortunatly most of them target flying hacks and Xray for ores.
Chest-Esp still plays a big role on anarchy servers. That's probably why those players travel out millions of blocks to build their bases.
Anyway, anarchy can be a lot of fun! The older the map, the more it becomes messed up.
I realy enjoy escaping completly destroyed spawns and visiting old ruins.
You as admin shouldn't abuse your OP status.
Remove lagmachines or leak their coordinates and bann people who want to actually harm the server.
Keep it clean. Enjoy the redicolous destruction. Who knows, might turn out as a fun social experiment...
Vanilla servers would have anti cheat rules in place, at least on paper and something that is agreed upon the second somebody joins that world, however sometimes you have to go that step further and introduce modifications which make it harder to use xray or other addons which help the player out in the way not intended by the developers.
I agree though whatever rules have been laid out by the admin, it's only right and honorable that the admin follows those same rules.
Some modded worlds can be fun though, I've given some thought into making a Twilight Forest Java server, if it is at all possible to load this as a server and not just in single player. It adds another dimension and more mobs and plant life, some of the mobs that exist in Twilight Forest mod don't exist in vanilla yet, like Penguins, or other birds, currently the standard game only has parrots and chickens, 2 kinds of birds.
and all the loot that is present in Twilight Forest mod only exists for the Twilight Dimension, meaning players would need to go there if they wanted anything meaningful from the mod.
Some modded servers are fine, and can be played in a similar way to vanilla Minecraft.
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I find War/PvP servers boring. A lot of people do.
You'd be better off starting an SMP or something and creating a small community in a nice Survival world. Don't ban PvP. But, if you want players (especially in the long-term!), I'd recommend something more interesting. (SMP, Creative world, puzzle map, minigames, competitions, etc)
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Long-Term World 1 March 22nd, 2013 – 2016; Minecraft: Pocket Edition 0.6.1 – 0.15.7 Long-Term World 2 2018 – 2019; Minecraft for Windows 10 1.2.11 – 1.12.0 Long-Term World 3 February 15th, 2020 – Present, keeping this world for as long as possible; Minecraft: Java Edition 1.6.4
I play in the long-term, where most of my projects take a long time:
End Mining Project (Mine the entire End): 6 months
2km Long Overworld Rail From Spawn to Base: 2 months
Base Expansion Project: 1-2 months (estimate) (ongoing)