I never liked Minecraft servers, but I dipped my toe in and found it to be quite a fun experience. I had the time of my life.
However, there are some people (young people with too much time on their hands) who just want to make honest Minecrafters have a bad time. Yes, I spent a week building up a very nice base with plenty of valuables. Later on, a person who seemed fairly nice wanted to join. I quickly regretted that decision as he brought in many armored players. The last dialogue I read was that 'a large underground base with over 30 chests of valuables' was being raided. The fact that I was tricked was what bothered me most. It made me wonder: am I a fool? Would I make a similar mistake in a real life situation? Why would such a seemingly nice person be so rude?
The lesson for me is that people are cruel. I am done with Minecraft servers, and maybe Minecraft over all.
However, for all of you that do use servers, let this be a learning experience for you as well: do not raid. Raiders and griefers are the Minecraft equivalents of schoolyard bullies who ruin your week. If you're on the receiving end, you know that sick feeling in your stomach. However, I wasn't wailing and pounding on my keyboard as most would do. I quietly exited, never to return.
This will sit on my mind for weeks, which is why I am done with servers. It's not only that, it's also that I am tired of unfriendly users and the large amount of child players. Minecraft will pull you in and break your heart.
Remember: just because you can't see someone's face online does not mean they won't be hurt. Many people forget that. Respect your fellow man, whether on Minecraft or on DeviantART.
Over and out.