Many of you have recently noticed our servers being down for short times today. Many of you instantaneously thought that we were updating to Minecraft 1.8, however this is not so. Today we ran updates on several of our servers to add in support for 1.8's new UUID Player Identification System.
This was to ensure that all of those who have been punished for various reasons will still have the punishment dealt upon them. That, if they were to change their names, they would not be able to simply bypass the punishment. The UUID Support also was to allow our donors to keep their ranks in case they ever decided to change their name as well.
As for updating to Minecraft 1.8, we will withhold on that for the time being. We are currently waiting on a stable Bukkit build and for some of our various plugins to become compatible with 1.8 and the newest Bukkit build. The reason why we do this is to ensure a smooth crossover between switching to the newest update and plugins. Also while we are waiting on our tools to update and be modified, it is quite likely Mojang will implement a Minecraft Version 1.8.1. Often times Mojang releases a patch for it's major updates very soon to patch unknown and unforeseen glitches and exploitations.
Keep in mind we're constantly working on keeping things running, and this process will simply make our servers, players, and administrative team's time on the server smooth with the least amount of issues possible.