A few players on our server are concerned that the admin is on the verge of abandoning his (our) server. He hardly logs in and when he does it's for nothing more than to complain about how the server is lagging his computer and our creations look "lame". After offers to send new hardware for upgrading his PC were refused I am not sure what else we can do. Nobody has ever been given OP/admin status on his server.
We have decided to all pitch in components and donate for a new server; one which will be dedicated to Minecraft. The only problem now is that he isn't willing to give us the files and will only offer us the seed.
Is there any way we can download the entire world without admin permissions? Our buildings, monorail system and everything else is spread out amongst 6 players who have been playing for almost a year. We have a lot of stuff everywhere! Can anybody help us save a year's worth of work?