July 15, 2012 at 7:30 pm #43016
Last night the moderators informed me that the authentication servers were down indefinitely and that it was eating into time for show prep. As you all know, we have been fighting what seems to be a curse that has been placed on Minecraft AWESOME with a plague of technical difficulties. Nothing stresses me out more than a problem I can’t fix, so I made the decision before going to bed to postpone the show. I left Becky with the news, and she made the Facebook post while I took the delay as a time to sleep in, which I haven’t done quite some time.
The Facebook comments have made it clear that some of you make some pretty heavy sacrifices to be a part of the show during the time slots that we indicate. I am sorry if this has wasted a substantial amount of your time. I appreciate the work your guys put into making a Minecraft AWESOME great, and I hope it is clear that I don’t dole out these cancelations lightly. But considering this response I suppose that we will take greater risks in the future when approaching show time.
It doesn’t feel like that is going to clear things up or make many of you feel any better about this, but, there it is.
FraserJuly 15, 2012 at 7:44 pm #43017
I’ll admit, I was one of the harsher critics on the face book page. Frankly, it was still fresh (I had found out literally 10 minutes after my ride left for golf) so I was still really angry so I was harsher than I should be. I apologize for that.
As for cancellations in general, they happen. It’s understandable really. These ones just tend to hurt a bit more because it’s a lot of people that changed their schedules, took risks, lost money etc. So I appreciate that you’re willing to take more risks for these cancellations.
If you want to take something positive away from it, it’s that these shows and these builds are so important to us that we do take these times and risks to be part of it. :)July 15, 2012 at 7:54 pm #43019
No worries Fraser. This stuff happens. I don’t think the community can hold it against you. We’ll adapt like we always do … and we’ll do it because we love the show! Just don’t let the stress get to you too much.July 15, 2012 at 8:00 pm #43020
Though it was no fault of yours I think the biggest issue was the lack of communication between the crew/mods and the community. We heard of the possibility of a cancellation through the Facebook page and nothing else. Like many other Minecrafters I get my news on builds from the Twitter page and heard of the cancellation from a few friends on Skype. From there everything was being heard from KShade, and most of that was speculative.
While the mods did a great job with what they had it just seemed like everyone, them included, was out of the loop concerning the whole day. Hopefully next week this blocky plague will end and we can get this show on the road and out of the way for those that follow.July 15, 2012 at 8:01 pm #43021
Having been working two sides of the fence, both trying to make clear to people that no one should take this as lightly as a regular show yet also trying to spread the word to those that the message would not normally have reached, I am almost embarrassed reading this message.
The fact that you acknowledge what happened already means a lot.
The only remaining question, thus: Would things have been different had you stayed up a little longer?July 15, 2012 at 8:05 pm #43022
I understand you felt abit shocked by some of the childish comments on the facebook post
Yes i understand many people did do alot and lost some time in their day for this but that was risk you took for yourself no one made you do it…not to mention some of those posts where very harsh
Fraser is just one man take it easy don’t stress guys your builds will be shown it wasn’t an attack against you
I for one appreciate the hard work fraser and company do for us to entertain us and im sorry that many people were to angry to see thatJuly 15, 2012 at 8:11 pm #43023
I’d have to say that we’re probably one of the most vocal groups as part of the members of this great community, specifically because we do have direct involvement with the show that you put on and you have to put up with a lot from us, both random green couches and the text that was spoken today. I wasn’t a part of the build at all but I could feel the anger today.
And it wasn’t just this build. From what I can tell this also happened with a few individuals on the previous challenge as well when the connection problem happened during that. I’d like to suggest an idea. I know we have Olympics and Jungle builds coming up, but perhaps between the two could a live build be done? That way there’s no prep time. You just give us a theme and we run with it to see what we can do in a 3-5 hour period?
July 15, 2012 at 8:13 pm #43025
- This reply was modified 11 months, 1 week ago by princebrightstar.
The only remaining question, thus: Would things have been different had you stayed up a little longer?
Things may have been different if I had woken up earlier too.July 15, 2012 at 8:24 pm #43028
Is there an idea on when it may be post-poned to?July 15, 2012 at 10:11 pm #43040
As soon as it was made clear that you were still asleep during the chaos. I already guessed what your reaction to all the Facebook comment build-up would be.
Being one of the few who were around since morning to night waiting for information and explanations, I could see and hear just how much people cared for this day to go through as planned. There was sadness, anger, minecraft suicides, cry parties (that one was probably my fault) , even some close resignations from awesome members. Thankfully as far as I could tell most of the issues calmed down towards the night. Nothing that friendly cheering up and fried chicken couldn’t solve.
Considering the uncertainty of a build challenge and just who can make what day. I know that the next official date of the tour will be good news to some and bad to others. But hopefully it won’t discourage anyone and credits will giving where its due during the show.
And even though it feels weird to thank you for a response after half a day of wanting to punch you awake. Thank you for the response.
[ '  ‘ ]July 15, 2012 at 11:40 pm #43054
I’m not going to lie I was one of those people yelling and pissed and I even cried at one point but after much calming down and yes fried chicken I felt much better. But at first I felt like I wasted alot of time canceling family plans and work plans. I felt alot better and understood that things were out of your hands and mod hands and no one saw it coming. I am grateful that Fraser responded to the fans. To tell you the truth if this was any other build I don’t think I would care as much but because the subject of my build it what it is I think it drove me to insanity levels and I am sorry to anyone I hurt.July 15, 2012 at 11:57 pm #43057
I’ll apologize as one of the more vocal people giving outcry to the delay, as I was in the MCA server when the auth servers went down, I came back on right when the auth servers were brought back online, and I was one of the first to see the Facebook post. There was worry that the auth servers going down would bring a cancellation, but on the possibility that the auth servers would be down until well into the afternoon or evening. However, when the auth servers came back on just a few short hours later, before dawn still on the east coast, the possibility of a cancelled show seemed to evaporate, as there seemed at the time to still be plenty of time to do preshow things. Thus, seeing a FB post hours later saying the show was still cancelled based on that short outage, with no further information given, this led to a lot of people becoming both confused, angry, and upset. I’ll apologize for being that upset and being so vocal on the FB post’s comments (although I tried to be formal about it there), it was a build-up of the whole night, that period of worry about the show, the assumed relief, and then the sudden reversal of that relief.
The issue definitely seemed to be a lack of communication between mods, crew, and users at a very inopportune time of day. Everyone was quick to make assumptions on what had happened and what would happen, and decisions were made for better or worse. The lack of certainty regarding Mojang’s auth server issues resulted in hasty decisions, and the lack of follow-up and specific details for a long period of time resulted in hasty theories and judgments of character. It was certainly avoidable on the parts of everybody, but unfortunately it wasn’t avoided, and hopefully we all learn something from this.July 16, 2012 at 12:17 am #43059
I personally had some plans that I had to cancel due to minecraft awesome(I have a Build). But, I’m glad that I did cancel those plans because it saved my life. no joke. I had some friends wanting to go out to some event but I told them I could not. I later found out that they did not make it to the event because of a bad car crash they ended up in. They’re fine. Thank you Fraser for getting me to skip that because if not, I would have been in big trouble.
Once again, Thank you.July 16, 2012 at 12:21 am #43061July 16, 2012 at 12:27 am #43062
truth be told no one could see this coming. its unfortunate that it got cancelled but it will be shown on another date. people say there is a lot of miscommunication between mods, crew and members but this cant really be helped and still i thought the response was pretty quick. the servers went down and as a precaution the show got cancelled. had the outage indeed taken half the day like i think mojang said then it would be okay. but (un)fortunatly the servers were running pretty quick.
all im saying is that these things happen. in the grand scheme i think the decision made by fraser was the right one. and dont forget that fraser also hates to postpone things. i grant him the extra hours of sleep.
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