Hello FreeWorld family,
It has recently come to our attention that a rising number of players are sharing IP addresses of other servers, on our server. While we do encourage exploring the MC Universe, and expanding your knowledge and horizons and all that jazz, we ask that you please do not share IP addresses of other servers on our server. This type of behavior is regarded as generally unsafe, and is absolutely prohibited on our server. Anyone found advertising any IPs of any external servers besides our own, will be permanently muted, without chance of appeal.
The main reason we discourage IP address sharing is quite simple; some servers simply aren't safe. The word "griefer" does not originate from someone who destroys your house in Minecraft -- "An individual who uses online games, instant messaging, e-mail, or any other communication method to harass, obstruct, or in some way make an experience sour for another person." While most servers we visit nowadays seem safe, some servers have a plugin that steals your cookies. (Not the delicious chocolate chip kind either, I'm talking about within your PC.) This action has the potential of stealing your Minecraft account information, which can, in turn, lead to another player taking control of your Minecraft account, essentially allowing them to do whatever they choose on your favorite servers. That giant tower you spent a month on can be destroyed in minutes by someone taking control of your account.
And as most of you know, whatever happens on your account is your responsibility.
Meaning, if they do something to get you banned, you will stay banned.
As a result of this, we have updated the rules to include a very specific definition of advertising. Advertising has always been prohibited, and will continue to stay that way. If you choose to advertise, whether it be through message or local/global chat, be prepared to face the consequences. We are taking a very serious stance on this, and it will not be changing anytime soon.
Stay safe during your Minecrafting, guys. Friends don't let friends advertise!