Sorry for the downtime. We're overhauling the server in preparation for 1.8. We've changed region claiming, permissions, and some other stuff. Until we get things squared away, we've whitelisted the server to Staff only. Once everything is up and running properly we'll remove the whitelist. Hopefully that'll happen by tomorrow afternoon.
So, it seems that we have finally gotten a handle on the buggy plugins that were causing the chronic, severe crashes. We're still working on bringing back certain plugins that were removed during testing. Most people won't ever notice what's missing, with the notable exceptions of the map and RuneCraft. We hope to be back to 100% soon.
As many of you have experienced, the server is suffering from some performance issues lately. After the server has been up for about an hour it crashes (although the timing does change). The current theory is that it is a plugin issue, but we haven't yet identified the plugin causing the problem. Rest assured that we are working hard on fixing it. Unfortunately, the server will suffer frequent crashes and restarts until we are able get things sorted out. We apologize for the interruptions in service.
Sometime around 4 PM MDT, the power in my apartment briefly went out, which caused both computers used to run the server to shut down. I was sleeping at the time and the router configuration got tweaked, so it took a while before I could get things up and running again. We were not attacked by anything other than a glitched power grid, or perhaps the major road construction going on outside my window.
We are officially running 1.7.2. However, as Pistons are severely bugged, they have been disabled for everyone below the Adept rank. I realize that robbing the update of it's main feature is full of fail, but so is Notch and his take on pistons. Once he gets his act together and removes the bugs, we'll allow everyone to use pistons. Any Adepts wishing to use pistons should read up on what not to do with them to avoid crashing the server or corrupting the map.