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What makes a poplular server?

For some reason My server has been very Deserted and very empty lately. I see other servers with 20 to 30 people in it and they are just plain 24/7 Dust2 servers. Ive tryed this but still I am only disappointed to only have about 100 people join the server a day....What im asking is for any suggestions on drawing people in, ive tryed advertising to other packed servers. My server has plenty of mods avaible, and alot of custom maps. I find once my clan join people start to join as well which I understand because No one wants to play bots....This is also the prime reason are clan is having problems with recruiting....we have a website (www.knightravengaming.com) and we are a stable clan but agian no people ever join the dang server :( ....Please anyone post their ideas on this Server and how to draw people in succussfully...

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    It's hard to get a server going. My DODS clan had the same problem and there is really nothing you do about it.

    When it was empty, we would just put it on orange arena and people would come. Then we would change the map after a little while and people would stick around and then more would come. It too quite sometime for people to get comfortable there and stick around.

    I had a favorite CSS server, it was always packed and about a week ago it just stopped. No one plays there anymore.

    Getting a server to be popular is not easy.
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    Put about 5 bots in and change their name to things like :), Bob Marley, George Bush etc so it looks like realy people and you will get server going, when people are in kick bots and have a fun time. Also get some of my maps off me :)
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    Posted by RobinTM

    Put about 5 bots in and change their name to things like :), Bob Marley, George Bush etc so it looks like realy people and you will get server going, when people are in kick bots and have a fun time. Also get some of my maps off me :)

    Haha, that sounds like a great plan but I am not too sure it works.

    It is tough trying to get a new server going. All you can do is, tell your friends, and have them spread the word. Hopefully word will get out quickly.
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    If you preview a server, bots just have -1s after their score, so you already know they are bots. I hate when I forget to check and then see bots in the game when I get in.
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    Well currently now i am running dust2 deathmatch rpgmod, it seems popular on other servers ill give it a try, also im not aware of how to change bot names...only their prefix...a little help with that?
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    All the mods and maps can limit your server. If it takes people a long time to join then they usually don't. Just keep it running and if it is a good server then you will get some regulars.
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    The downloads you have on your server affect a large portion of the wandering crowd. If you have sounds or admin skins, get rid of them until you have a large amount of regulars to your server. And even then, keep it to a minimum.
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    Thanks for the feedback guys.
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    Yes, agree. I hate to spend my day on downloading admin plugins and stuff.
    You said it yourself; your server have a lot of mods and custom maps. Do as Lost told you, get rid of them for a while.
    I might check out your server for fun soon ;D
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    Downloads put people off.. Especially me.. VNV (The Clan I'm In) has a server and it's practically always empty.. until some of us go on and play, eventually people come on on their own.. but when people see bots, checking the way ch0wd3n mentioned, they often go looking for another server with NO bots at all. I've run a gameserver before, but not CS:S.. It was 32 slot and was constantly full (I couldn't even get on myself). The basic trick was to make something that was original.. (I shall not go into detail about the game or the idea I had come up with).
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    Alirght so its agreed, no Bots, no Downloads, but dosent that make your server genaric? I'll try it out...
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    The people make the server, not the fancy gadgets you have. If you have friendly people playing and talking with others, makes a warmer atmosphere to play in and people remember it,
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    You can have bots to invite people. You can also have mods, tools, games, etc that make playing the game fun. You can always advertise the server as well. How will people join it if they don't know it exists?
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    Geuss ill take that into consideration
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    Posted by cssflames

    Alirght so its agreed, no Bots, no Downloads, but dosent that make your server genaric? I'll try it out...


    No, it makes it fun. A lot of people out there still like the good old regular CS. I am one of them, the only time I go to play a GG, DM or ZM is when I am bored with the regular version and maps.

    Good luck.
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    Thanks
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    Also add a bunch of spaces at the beginning of the server name so it is at the top of the list.

    (could help)
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    One of my biggest pet peeves are the admin sounds, to join servers now, you have to download about 40 sounds that you already downloaded.
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