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How can I disable creepers block damage on my Minecraft server?

Please note that these are NOT acceptable solutions: Completely disabling monsters (peaceful mode) Completely removing creepers Completely disabling explosions (TNT + Creepers) Disabling creeper ...
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How to start a cart from inside it?

I've still fairly new to Minecraft but absolutely love it. I'm learning about the carts and have a nice track setup with several powered rails but is there a way I can start a cart while already ...
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What knowledge am I supposed to start with in Minecraft?

My children play Minecraft based on extensive "lore" from friends and experimentation. Of course, one can find anything one wants about it by googling, but if discovery is supposed to be part of the ...
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Can mobs see me through glass?

I would like to know if mobs can see me through glass and therefore pile up in front of my window even if I stand 2 square away? I currently have a rather small stone house with a wooden door and no ...
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How do you create a waterfall elevator?

In Minecraft Alpha Single Player Survival, what are the specifications to create a waterfall elevator to go from the bottom of a long mine shaft to the surface?
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How can I determine which direction I'm facing?

In Minecraft, it's useful to know which way is north in order to determine how to manipulate mine cart tracks. Usually, people keep track of which way is north by placing torches on the northern walls ...
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Is there a way to see how deep I am?

Is there a way to see how deep a hole I've dug in Minecraft, besides counting the number of squares I've dug through? I realize at some point there is bedrock so if I can't see how far down I am, can ...
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What's the most efficient way to fill a rectangle with water?

Given a 1-deep n by m rectangular pit, what is the smallest number of bucket loads that can be used to completely fill it with water source blocks? Given the way water propagates, what's the most ...
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Can endermen enter your house when you sleep?

Since they can move blocks, imagine that endermen made a hole in your wall so monsters can now get in and disturb your sleep. Could that be possible ?
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How can I become Steve again?

I have changed my Minecraft skin and now I feel a bit nostalgic. I have tried to find a solution to this already but all I can find is possible "Steve skins" on the various skin websites. I want the ...
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How do I survive the first night outside?

I started playing Minecraft some days ago, and understood what to do the first week or 2 (in Minecraft time). Until now I strictly followed the day/night cycle. I went outside to get woods, porks and ...
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What's the best way to fight an Enderman?

When you're looking at one and it's running at you really fast, you know you're in deep trouble. My question is: What is the best tactic to fight an Enderman because they seem to teleport behind ...
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How do I improve my chances of getting silk touch when enchanting?

I'd like to have an item enchanted with silk-touch, but of course the enchants are all random. Is there a combination of enchantment level and item material that would give me the best odds of ...
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What are the properties of fire?

How exactly does fire act in Minecraft? Specifically, I'm wondering about things like: Which materials are flammable? Within how many blocks of a flaming block can a block catch fire? When you're on ...
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Finding my house in minecraft

I wandered too far to go look for sheep and now I'm on a completely different island. How do I find my way back to my house?
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In my first game I spawned on a small island. What do I do next?

After seeing a huge interest here and in almost every PC gaming site, I decided to buy Minecraft Beta. In twitter and rss I heard something about zombie, ghosts, cakes, spiders, survive in the wild ...
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How far can redstone current travel?

I know that there is a 15 block limit before a repeater is needed, however I am looking for the TOTAL distance that current can travel. Is it infinite? Can I keep adding repeaters and go on forever? ...
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How much larger is a Lightning Creeper's explosion radius compared to a regular Creeper?

With the advent of weather in 1.5, lightning strikes during rainstorms can set fire to trees, frankenstein pigs to zombie pigmen, and perhaps most insidiously of all, super-charge Creepers with blue ...
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Is there a way to kill yourself immediately?

Is there a way to kill yourself immediately in Minecraft? Without using normal methods like dropping sand or gravel on top of yourself or letting mobs attack you without fighting back, something like ...
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How do you safely remove TNT?

Assuming GnomeSlice wasn't referring to himself in the third person as the 'friend' who did all this: A more direct (but boring) question would be, how do you safely remove TNT?
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How can I find the actual seed code for my map?

When a map is created randomly, how can we find the seed that it has generated ? I want to find some cool map in single player and when I'll find one, I want to get that seed and create it on my SMP ...
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How do I keep two different versions of Minecraft installed?

When a major version of Minecraft is released, it takes a while before mods are updated to work with it. It can happen that you want to install the new version, but keep a copy of the old version with ...
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Will new Minecraft features appear in existing worlds?

I'm a new Minecrafter, and was wondering if new updates are backwards compatible. Specifically, will the new "Adventure Update" features (Beta 1.8) appear in existing worlds created with Beta 1.7 and ...
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How do we make our multiplayer spawn area less of a disaster zone?

My friends and I have a pretty fun multiplayer Minecraft world going, complete with a strip mine with an automated transit system and an enormous cobblestone pyramid. Everything is totally sweet... ...
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Is the Nether infinite?

If I were to mine netherrack upwards or downwards, left or right in one direction, would I hit bedrock, or would I keep on going? What would happen?
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How can I make a boatlock in Minecraft?

How can I navigate a boat to a higher level in Minecraft? Is there some form of a lock that I could use? Maybe something using doors and watersource... Inspired by this question: Any way to dig a ...
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How do I get to The Nether in Minecraft?

How does one get to The Nether area in Minecraft? I heard that portals would be used to teleport around the map, but in order to use the portals you have to go through The Nether area.
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How did part of my house in minecraft disappear?

I was playing Minecraft 1.6.2 survival mode (normal difficulty), and I built a house. Then I went far away to explore a cave. When I got back, part of my house had simply disappeared. As you can ...
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Which configuration of armor enchantments gives maximum protection?

Prior to 1.4.6 it was a well known fact that the protection enchantment on armor was strictly superior to the other enchantments and that simply having a few pieces with protection III/IV would max ...
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Which fuels burn the longest in Minecraft?

What's the order of "best fuels"? Example: Coal cooks less than lava and blaze rods, wood cooks less than coal, etc. What's the order of fuels based on their 'cooking quantity'?
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Will monsters spawn on top of trees?

I'm covering everywhere near my house with my torches and building walls (using fences or blocks) around them, to make sure no creepers blow me up as I come out, or trample my sugar cane and wood. (I ...
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How do I drop an entire stack at once?

Is there a way to drop an entire stack at once (instead of pressing q 64 times)?
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What's the best way to get grass onto a dirt platform?

I am making some more Biospheres, and need to get grass onto a raised dirt platform. For my previous pair, I created a dirt bridge from a nearby hill that was at the same level, but it took an age to ...
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Is it possible for a Mob to spawn *right next to* the player in Minecraft?

According to Minepedia/Light, the changes that occurred in the Halloween update make torches useless for level 16 and below (incidentally, also the level where diamonds start). Now, that's all fine ...
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Why does my bed explode when I try to sleep on it in the Nether, and how do I disable it?

After I read the changelog for Minecraft 1.6, I saw that one of the few items that were fixed was beds in the nether. However, when trying to sleep in one, it explodes. Is this purely intentional, and ...
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Can you turn weather off in Minecraft?

The arrival of Minecraft Beta 1.5 brought weather conditions. However, it can at times be inconvenient when you're trying to screenshot something and show it off (as it reduces lighting and obstructs ...
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How do I find mushroom biomes?

Minecraft's mushroom biome sounds like a pleasant place: Food in abundant supply, and zero hostile mob spawns. However, in all my time playing, I've never ever found one. Is there a trick to finding ...
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How do I pre-generate a Minecraft world?

I want to create a new world on our Minecraft server, but exploring a new map and generating terrain causes massive lag. Is there a way to pre generate the chunks (with the default map generator) in ...
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What is a 'chunk'?

Ok, so I know roughly that a chunk is like a mass of generated terrain in minecraft. I hear people say 'loading chunks' and I've seen questions about 'chunk errors' so I assume it is part of terrain ...
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How far away can you mine blocks while standing in one place?

To my surprise, I could not find this by googling, but what is the arm reach of the player? As in, how far can you mine blocks while standing in one place?
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Is there a way to automate harvesting cobblestone?

I have been working on a cobblestone generator. Being ultra-lazy, I don't want to spend countless minutes (and who knows how many pickaxes!) actually harvesting the cobblestone. Is there something I ...
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How do I flood a mine?

I have built an aqueduct from what seems to be the sea to the underground level. But the water level never rises above 1 tile of depth. How to make it 2 tiles of depth?
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How can I make an infinite fire?

I was wondering, how can I make a never ending fire in Minecraft? (I want to use it in SMP)
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What is the fastest way to move upward?

Since the last few releases have nerfed both water elevators and boat elevators, what is left standing as the fastest upward movement method? Ladders? Stairs? Are nerfed boat elevators still the ...
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Can lightning set stuff on fire?

Notch has just implemented lightning. I'm now too terrified to open up my treehouse map in case a storm burns it to the ground! Is this possible? Update I've unanswered this question, now that fire ...
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Can ghast fireballs break glass?

I'm thinking about building some glass structures in the Nether on my friends' SMP server (once 1.6 is released), and haven't spent enough time in SP to determine this for myself since I like to work ...
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Is there a list of error codes for Minecraft?

Similar to this question on the bugs in Minecraft, I would like a complete list of what error codes exist in Minecraft and how they occur, as well as how they can be resolved.
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What does right clicking with the sword equipped do?

In Beta 1.8, right clicking with the sword equipped angles it in front of you, while decreasing your walking speed: What exactly is this doing? Does it provide any benefit to combat?
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Minimum safe spacing between lava and flamable materials?

It seems that containing lava in solid glass, stone and iron blocks may not be sufficient to prevent wool from burning, even if the lava is completely encased. After some delay, it seems that ...
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My dog keeps catching on fire, what should I do?

My dogs keep walking through fires and dying. Is there a mod that makes them try and avoid it, or put themselves out (by heading for water) when they're on fire? I've lost countless dogs like this.