First off, congrats to Bryanics for winning the NoScope glasses!
Also, congrats to Lizzardtoad and GlamOwlCrazy for their promotion to Moderator!
Now, many of you have noticed issues with banning and unbanning. When we updated to 1.7.9, user files were converted to the new UUID system. The plugins that handle user bans, however, don't understand UUIDs. At the moment, bans are stored in a database with the player's username. Sometimes, unfortunately, the plugin can't make a connection to the database quickly enough and the ban gets stored internally. This is where the problem lies. When the plugin then attempts to unban the user after their ban has expired, it can't remove them from the internal database because the information is stored in the UUID format and the plugin doesn't know how to handle it. I'm working on updating some plugins to their most recent dev build to fix this issue. Dev builds can be highly unstable, so I'm testing it one bit at a time to make sure everything works properly. With any luck, bans will be working properly again in the next couple of days.
On to the updates! These updates apply to Skyblock: Because of how much the auction system spams the chat, I've decided to move it to an "auction house", or, more specifically, a platform. You can get there by either typing "/warp auction" or clicking the hologram at spawn. Once on the platform, you can auction your items and anyone else on the platform can bid on them. You can't leave the platform while you're auctioning something.
I've also added an incentive for users to be on the auction platform more often; Drop Parties. I've (painstakingly) coded a Drop Party system that allows players to place items into a chest. When the chest is full, the drop party will start. When it starts, blocks of wool in different colors will appear all around the platform. These wool blocks contain the items that were in the chest. If there was a stack of items, it gets split up into smaller stacks to distribute the items more fairly. To get the item, just left or right click the wool. I think you'll be pleased with the effects. =P
You should also notice a bit more stability with the auto-tools; namely, they shouldn't just stop working out of the blue now. I've also modified the sieve to be a bit less messy when it drops the items.
Lastly, I have a new giveaway going that ends 07/26/14. This giveaway is for a MLG GameBattles Premium access code good for one month.