Before I start, take a look at Skyrim V mods on Steam: Link 1: Introducing New Ways to Support Workshop Creators Link 2: Removing Payment Feature From Skyrim Workshop and think about why. Paid resources really bothered me for a long time. To clarify that I am not poor, and I am able to afford a plugin, please do not judge this with money, because that is not what I want to argue about. We are not gonna argue about Spigot v Bukkit either. "To buy it or not you decide" is not my point, and maybe you should not simply say that too here. We are not talking about anything related to money or market today. Paid resources did not dramatically increase the overall quality of plugins It is clear that most paid plugins are utilities, minigames or tweakable kit pvps. However there is rarely a plugin that is having its own uniqueness or making a community-changing improvement, such as WorldEdit, DisguiseCraft or MCMMOs and such. To be serious, I write a minigame every week. I consider all of them may meet the quality of other Very Low-quality Plugins Everywhere Examples:     It ruined the overall quality of plugins, especially those are having a "premium" tag. Someone who is looking for the plugin may find simple plugin over-priced, or else "decent" (because they cannot judge) plugins should be at that price. Unskilled/Lazy Premium Resource Developers Exists I thought premium resource should make a developer to put more effort or having better support right? Well that usually is, but not always. I've been watching this thread for a long time. However that person do not know how-to reflection, thus not supporting 1.8 clients after 1.8.3 came out. Instead he asked the user to update to 1.8.3. Seriously it only take less than 20 minutes to fix, even you start learning NMS from the beginning. More Premium Resource May Prevent Indies The cost of running a server may increase, and maybe later, more essentials plugins will be paid, and those old free ones may be buried or not very functioning. Non Hackish-Newbie-Friendly Plugin Development Environment "Decompiling plugin and learn from it" could be a nice way for new developers to take a closer look to hackish methods in the API, therefore come up with better and greater ideas. I personally did that and really got some interesting findings. However, if someone has a great finding, he may now make it a plugin, then make it paid. Unfriendly Helping Community Will Rise If someone want to hide their findings, they can. They will just make profit from it. Just as I said in the previous section, a developer can make his finding a secret, by releasing a paid plugin. If anyone else running in a similar issue, there will just be ignorant. Distorted Community After All Alright, let's look at people's mental states while running a server. If a server is equipped with more paid resources, is it more likely to be a moneybag commercial server? People will feel like this community is more commercialized, since the basics will even ask you for money. (Breaking the EULA happens all the time, so disregard this for now.) We Might Be the Last Generation of Developers In three years, I will definitely be done with everything about Minecraft, ending my path as a Bukkit developer after seven years. I could remember the old days, when people sometimes share their findings, and most likely to answer others' questions. I was able to gather enough materials to learn in-depth stuff about this API, a good example should be NMS, furthermore ProtocolLib. I liked how people usually share their findings, maybe no-paid resource becomes a restriction in the past. But whatever those experience I got made me thrilled with hope in future plugin developing. It should be encouraged for developers to help others. As secrets being kept, ignorance increases, what may happen next? Look ahead. +EDIT 1: We Are Attracting ****Bags Promise me try not to laugh, or be emotional... Read this post: http://www.spigotmc.org/threads/about-spigot-premium.64679/ Well he must be taking this matter into extreme. Finally It is just a game, do not take it so serious. But do not make it rot. My English is bad, feel free to laugh at me. This thread is a super map cannon, criticizing is welcomed. And this will be my last thread to talk about such a topic.