The rules are simple. Don't be a dick.
The vanilla instance is a whitelisted server, and anyone being a dick will be banned. There's no appeal, no second chances, and I - CatPasswd - am the sole arbiter of what it means to be a dick. So if there is any question at all about whether a potential action might be considered dickish, don't do it.
We now have a modded instance, running Omnifactory. This runs on port 25570. It’s highly recommended to use MultMC for connecting, as it simplifies setup tremendously. There are general instructions here on how to create such an instance. If you have trouble, feel free to reach out in the Discord for help.
On to the good stuff.
I try to make a vanilla-like experience, but pure vanilla 1.13.x and up has been a complete disaster code-wise, and no hardware in the world will allow it to run efficiently with more than 5-10 players without nerfing server settings so hard that it takes the fun out of the game. Therefore, I run a paper server. For more information, see Paper Documentation
There are few plugins, and a a few datapacks. I'll explain each.
GriefPrevention - Allows players to claim an area and prevent others from stealing or destroying the things you build. There are tutorials available on youtube, such as This one
DiscordSRV - A bridge between Discord and Minecraft chat. See the #ingame-chat channel.
Dynmap - a web-based map of explored areas of the world. I've added a plugin to also show GriefPrevention claims on the map. You can view the world maps HERE Protip: Mouse to the far right of the web page for a list of available maps.
12 trapdoors - increases the amount of wooden trapdoors created when crafting from 2 to 12. Getting 2 trapdoors from 6 planks makes no sense, so...
Black dye with charcoal - Self explanatory. You can use charcoal as black dye, in addition to ink sacs from squid.
More mob heads - Killing mobs gives a small chance of dropping their heads. A fun datapack with no practical use.
Double shulker shells - Since shulker boxes are just so darn handy, I installed this datapack to guarantee that each shulker killed drops 2 shells.
Coordinates Hud - You can now use /trigger ch_toggle to display a HUD with your current coordinates, and the time of day. This is much handier than using the F3 debug screen.