Ryan's FAQ


I’m compiling a list of frequently answered questions that I’d like to either port to the docs at some point, or make changes to Sponge to be less surprising. If anyone has any ideas on additional questions let me know.

Some of these I have answers to, but require some effort to research and compile a detailed answer, so I’ll be delaying creating the answers until I have more time.

Q. Where do plugins go, mod folder or plugin folder?
Q. How do I share a lobby between modded servers on different versions?
Q. Why can’t my players use /help?
Q. What Sponge version should I use?
Q. What Sponge API version plugins do I look for, for version x?
Q. Does anyone know why custom data doesn’t save on restart?
A. Override toContainer in your data manipulator, remember to call super or add the data content version.


Not sure how to word this into a question, but issue reporting - both for Sponge and other plugins. I (thankfully) haven’t had too many issues with this, but having information for both where to go and what to include in said issue would be nice.


Another common question I see is:
Q. Can I run Bukkit Plugins on Sponge?


That one is already addressed in the Sponge Docs, and was in the FAQ before they ever existed. It’s the 7th question down on https://docs.spongepowered.org/stable/en/about/faq.html.

Answering Q1, It makes a lot of sense to just put plugins in the mods folder when using SpongeVanilla, as there’s no confusion with Forge mods. On the other hand, when using SpongeForge, the plugins folder inside mods allows partitioning between the two sets, and I don’t have to figure out which is which. On the gripping hand, swapping between implementations is easier to manage if they are in separate folders.


Q: What about a premium plugin section ?

I’ve seen that asked too many times.


I think I saw talk somewhere that premium plugins in itself is not forbidden, however they are not to be hosted or explicitly provided on the sponge forums/ ore etc. Paid Plugins


Yeah, I was talking about a specific section on ore/forum about premium plugins. People ofter bring that up when coming from spigot.

See Paid Plugins, Premium Plugin Section, Premium/Paid Plugins, Premium Plugins?, ecc.


The conversation you have pointed out was from a little over a month since SpongeAPI was first created.

The team has evolved, and opinions changed.

You will not be finding Premium plugins for Sponge outside of commissioned plugins. We of course can’t control what others do, and our license doesn’t forbid commercial use or linking of commercial use, so of course resources outside of SpongePowered can’t be controlled, it’s just common sense.

But you wouldn’t want to be caught doing it if you want to remain in the good graces of the individual team members.

We however do endorse that people be allowed to be paid for their time if developing something custom, we just ask that aside from our sub-forum for devs wanted / developers listing their services, that everything to do with payments / settlements / contact happen in private. As we do not want to deal with the fallout, do not want to provide a medium for drama to foster, and believe that outside people recommending peoples services, that visible discourse of the details would cause trouble.