Firstly I want to point out that, as others have, the current poll to remove the latest “admin announcements” feature is unbalanced. The vast majority of players are NOT server owners and therefore will not vote in favour of removing this feature. Of-course the against vote is going to win.
Right… At the end of the day if you’re paying for a server, you should be allowed to do what you want with it.
I own a server.
Occasionally I like to spawn in objects for various reasons. Trying out building designs, testing stability or other changes to mechanics, testing survey charges, testing damage/efficiency etc. I do a lot of testing. I use ZERO mods and therefore it is NOT a modded server (I just view it as creative mode which most sandbox games have). Generally I remove everything once I’m finished.
The problem is that server owners have very little overall control. I can’t whitelist or password my server. I have no way of stopping random people playing on it without using mods (It’s not like we have a singleplayer mode for this purpose either). Assuming that people bother to read it however, I do try and make it very clear in the server description that this is what I use the server for.
I have about 6 regular players who’ve settled in. If I want to test some stability changes in a remote corner of the map by spawning the materials, I don’t want people to know about it because they’ll question what I’m doing or worse, just leave.
That being said if I ever want to actually play the game then I play it without admin control, from a fresh spawn, just like every body else. I realise that not everyone is like that however, and some admins do actually use it to create an advantage for themselves but in that case … Just leave.
The point is. Admins don’t need less control, they need more. And as long as you’re paying for a server, you should be allowed to do what you want. I’m not “totally” against this feature. Obviously it’s useful for identifying servers where the admin does use it for their own advantage but it hurts servers where they don’t.