Today, I was fairly bored and decided to collect data on 50 random servers. I used the totem in the Minehut server GUI to randomly join 50 servers, and on all of these servers I said a simple greeting. I tested how they would respond to this greeting and got a various amount of responses. The data breakdown is as follows:
22% of servers greeted me back
2% of servers recognized who I was
20% of servers banned or kicked me or told me to leave.
32% of servers were whitelisted
24% of servers either did not greet me or nobody was on the server when I joined.
Attached below is the pi chart that was used to analyze my findings, I have all of the data including the server names in a spreadsheet. However, I will not be releasing the spreadsheet due to the fact that it contains all the names of the servers I joined.
I personally found that fair amount of people do not know that the whitelist function exists on a server, and if they do they don't know how to turn on the whitelist. Despite this, there are still a lot of people that are educated on how to whitelist their server to keep random people from joining.