Hello everyone, The Sandlot now supports Minecraft 1.16.4 clients. Under the hood, all 1.16 servers are still running 1.16.3, but that shouldn't be a big deal, because no new server-side/gameplay features were added in this latest version. The main new feature added to Minecraft 1.16.4 is a new Social Interactions Screen. We need to talk about this, and what it means for the moderator team, our helpers, and the community as a whole. The new Social Interactions Screen can be opened, by default, by pressing the P key. This new screen will show a list of all players currently on The Sandlot, though only in the server you are currently in. Note: On The Sandot, this list will show 80+ players, many having a ~BTLP prefix. These are "fake" players that are required to format our tab list in the way it is. The main purpose of the new Social Interactions Screen is to mute or block players. While I could see this being useful on a large Minecraft server, I do not think it serves any benefit on The Sandlot. We are an inclusive community, and do not want anyone to feel left out. This feature could also cause unintended side effects, like bug reports being created that indicate a player cannot hear someone in chat, or a player not being able to hear important messages from a moderator. On top of all that, it doesn't actually work on The Sandlot! Even if you mute a player, you will still see their chat. This is because we do not use the vanilla Minecraft chat system. I do not consider this to be a bug, and I will not make any attempts to "fix" the ability for anyone to mute another player. If you explore this screen further, you might notice under the "Blocked" tab, there is a message that states you can "Manage with Microsoft account." If you have not yet heard the news, Mojang is soon going to require that every Minecraft: Java Edition player will need to migrate to a Microsoft account. This is not yet finalized, and specific details may change, but here is what we know, and what it means for you, or for our younger players, your parent. 1. You (or your parent if you are under 13) will have to create a new Microsoft account, or use an existing one, and migrate your Minecraft: Java Edition of the game to it. 2. You can create a Microsoft account using any email address--it does not have to be one provided specifically by a Microsoft service. 3. If you have multiple copies of Minecraft: Java Edition purchased, you will need a separate Microsoft account for each one. 4. You will be required to create an Xbox profile, and select an Xbox gamertag during the migration process. This Xbox gamertag will NOT be used in Minecraft: Java Edition, and your current Minecraft name will stay the same. It is still against the rules to share Xbox gamertags on The Sandlot, and if you do so, you will be banned. 5. Parental controls will be added to Minecraft: Java Edition to block multiplayer servers, and to block Minecraft Realms invites. We do not have full details on this yet (such as whether it is opt-in or opt-out), but if it is opt-in, then it's possible you will not be able to connect to The Sandlot after migrating your account until this option is allowed. This is a very important thing for parents to pay attention to, and hopefully we will get more info about this feature closer to the migration date. 6. The official Minecraft launcher will notify you when it is your turn to migrate your account. They currently expect the migration to begin in early 2021. 7. All current Minecraft: Java Edition players are going to get a free cape after their account is migrated. If you have any other questions, let me know and I will do my best to answer them. Thank you.