What is it?
It is a tab on the homepage, just after plugins, but before file manager. When clicked a list, a bit like the forums, a bit like the plugins tab, shows up with a bunch of community packs.
What is a community pack?
A community pack, or as I prefer, pack, is a collection of user created content, which includes:
Edited plugin configs
Much more... [Comment some ideas!]
The content can be posted on the tab, and the creator can charge a price, in credits, to get the content. They can give the pack a name, description and a maximum of 3 tags. The box could also show the amount of times it was purchased, the price and the buy for [credits] credits box.
If you click on the pack, a preview section pops up showing information about the pack.
"TNT Run" by Blocksium 12 purchases [✓] [Buy for 320 credits] ★★★★☆ Overview:
2 Skript Scripts
1 config edit
TntLobby1.schem (1032 blocks) 2 Pictures
TntLobby2.schem (869 blocks) 1 Picture
TnTMap1.schem (25720 blocks) 5 Pictures
GameCore.sk (192 lines, 2683 chars) 2 Pictures
OtherStuff.sk (37 lines, 293 chars) 1 Picture
config.yml (Essentials, Functioning)
ShaneBee ★★★★☆ Worked very well, but the tnt head cosmetic didn't work.
Reply from creator: Thanks for pointing that out. I forgot a %.
Matqx ★★★★★ This plugin is great!
You ★★★☆☆ Minehut will never add this idea lol...
If the user has not linked their minecraft account, they could just be called Anonymous, credits are linked with the user, not their minecraft account.
There could also be a pack creation charge, depending on minehut's stance on this idea, and the reaction of the poll.
What else is in the community section?
Occasionally, links to the minehut youtube tutorial videos, whether that be skript related or not, can appear in the list.
There are also links to helpful places like the minehut forums tutorial section, support and more.
Adverts for SLG?
Why this is good
There are a lot of good things about this, it's a win-win-win-win situation for all sides.
Minehut: Makes more money, it gives credits a use, more than just ranks. Furthermore, while many players have come up with ideas for them, this one might be likely to be added as it is a suitable replacement for when plugins costed credits. Despite the fact that no credits are formed from players buying packs, the players need to have some credits in the first place, so they will buy credits.
Builders/developers: Able to get lots of credits, so they can buy ranks or other packs.
New server creators: Able to make a server in under an hour.
Community: With a marketplace, there is more
This idea does not come free of issues.
Issue: This seems like a dream, it's too much work and minehut will never add this.
Solution: I hope they do! Read the reasons above to see why.
Issue: There is an issue with current content or the creator wants to give out new content to make it better. (e.g. new map)
Solution: Creators could give out updates, most likely they won't be able to charge for an update (they can still edit the price so new buyers pay more), but only people who have paid can update, of course.
Issue: Issues with content
Solution: A report feature, where a moderator will have to look at the content, and will act accordingly.
Issue: Many people come to minehut to have a free server and can't buy credits...
Solution: All users could start with some credits. Also, If creating packs is free, users could create packs to make enough money to buy packs.
Issue: Users can create packs to cost loads of credits but contain very little code (scamming).
Solution: There is a preview section, and pictures can be added as a proof, though not good.
Configs: It could say if the config works, by trying it on a test server? Although it could just be the default config, (in that case you could have some checks?)
Pictures: Just show it with a watermark of some sort.
Skript scripts: The line and character count is a weak defence against this, but people can't copy and paste from a picture unless they took a long chunk of time looking at the picture. (A watermark could block some chars from being read.)
Schematics: Once again, there isn't much you can do except look at the block count and a few pictures.
World downloads: Maybe show the file size? Though that isn't a good solution.
Data packs: Same as skript scripts.
Unfortunately, scamming might still happen. Packs could be verified by mods, but a few unlucky ones would need a refund section, where they can report the pack to moderators who will check, and if the pack is a scam, they could get a refund, and possibly the creator could be punished (maybe even breach of TOS).
Issue: Buyers could steal others content and resell it.
Solution: If the original creator spots the pack and sees it contains their content, they can report the pack to moderators who will check, and if someone has stolen content, they could be punished, and all credits gained by them could be given to the original creator.
Issue: Buyers could publicly give it away for free. Solution: Punishments of some sort.
Issue: What about this issue? Solution: Post it in the comments and I'll think of a solution.
I hope you liked this idea. Make sure to poll, if there is an issue with the post, note that I haven't proof read it yet, and I'm going to sleep so I wont be able to edit it or reply to comments till tomorrow.