Thank you so much for being part of this wonderful community! As many can tell things have slowed down in the minecraft community. That doesn't mean it's dead! I have really been contemplating how this community operates and how to make sure it stays alive. The truth of the matter is that this community lives and is for the most part self sufficient, and I don't want to do anything that prevents that. I am going to be making some changes and suggestions to the community and staff to help make sure it stays the same great community.
First off I want to extend a special thanks to @Jocce, this guy is awesome! If he wasn't in the mix, things probably would have fallen apart a long time ago. Thank you Jocce for your time and dedication to this community. I would also like to extend thanks to the staff. You guys and gals work hard to keep things running. I know it's not perfect, and when you have servers that reach across the globe and have players from all age groups, backgrounds and cultures, it's hard to keep things smooth and friendly...but you do it! I applaud your efforts and willingness to go above and beyond a regular player. Your position is not easy, but it is really appreciated.
Another special thanks needs to be extended to those who fund this community. There are many that contribute, but he ones that really keep things running are the Supporters. Next time you see a [Sup] or [Sup+}, just give them a big "Thank you!"
In other news, as of today, access to Sky Factory has been opened to all (DONT TEAR IT UP!) that are registered on the website, which includes 9,574 players! The cost is 1 point for 30 days. All registered players get 500 points for joining. I don't want to prevent players from playing on this great community because of money.