Hello Minecraft players and Server owners.
I would like to thank everyone who has used the site and supported it with bid/donations. The bid system was made quick in summer 2011 without deeper thoughts, but over time it has gone a bit out of hand (high bids and to long a duration). This make the frontpage a bit “stale” even though there are tons of new servers added daily (We have had 93.520 servers added since I launched the site).
I admit the frontpage would be a lot better if there where some more dynamic content (new servers – popular servers etc), so this is the reason I am doing some big changes to the Bid system.
To explain it short:
The bid system (in it’s current state) will close oct 1. 2013 – at that date there will be 0 Featured servers left on this site.
All bids made after oct 1. 2012 will no longer have duration 1 year, but will expire oct 1. 2013.
This is the best way I could find to slowly close down the current system, without stepping on anyones feet.
After oct. 1 2013 I will introduce a new form of bidding (shorter duration and cheaper for you to get a good placement) and giving me some more flexibility to change things on the site/frontpage in general.
I expect the bids will slow down over the next year since the duration will be shorter – but then again it will also open up some good rankings if you don’t mind about the expire date as more and more old bids run out daily.
There will come some more news about this later, but now you know in which direction I am going with the Featured option.