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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 can I easily get a lot of Iron?

While iron isn't very rare, it is needed for a lot, especially if you want to build a structure out of it, build long railways or something like that. What should you do to find/get a lot of iron ...
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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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Is there a way to kill yourself immediately in Minecraft?

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 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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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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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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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 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 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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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.
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Is it possible to turn a Minecraft single player map into multi-player server? [closed]

I've got some funky minecraft maps that I'd like to share with my friends. However, they're, more often than not, far away and unable to stop by my computer and see what I've wrought. I was wondering ...
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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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What is a snow golem's range?

I want to incorporate snow golems into my mob grinders. How close does a hostile mob need to be in order for a snow golem to begin throwing snowballs?
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Can burning mobs set trees on fire?

I've built a tree house, it's going well, but I'm worried that mobs burning at dawn could bring the whole thing down in minutes. Is this possible?
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Why did my Zombie Pigmen form a flash mob?

I was journeying to the Nether when I noticed the most curious site outside my portal enclosure: ...
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How do I move my spawn point?

I am spawning too far from my home. How do I move my spawn point?
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What's the safest way to farm obsidian without burning to death?

In single player Survival mode in Minecraft Alpha, what is the safest way to create an obsidian farm? I've come across naturally occurring in obsidian in Survival MP, but that was easy to mine because ...
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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 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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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 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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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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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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How can I improve the performance of Minecraft?

I'm a happy Minecraft player. I place my blocks, mine my coal, and generally nobody gets hurt. Lately though, those mean creepers have been sneaking up on me from behind, and killing me. Why? Because ...
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Is there a way to see Minecraft's source code?

I'm interested in browsing the Minecraft source code and see its classes - especially the code controlling the creeper. Is there a way to do that? Maybe open the minecraft.jar file and peek inside?
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How do Minecraft mobs behave in water?

Several questions here related to mobs and water: When mobs enter water, do they swim at the top, or will they dive down? Can mobs spawn in the water? I assume mobs can exit water one block deep, ...
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How do I create villages?

I would like to create a village. Apparently this is possible as of Minecraft 1.4.2, so how do I do it?
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Is a Creeper's blast radius affected by the surrounding material?

In Minecraft, I would like to build my house out of Glass for aesthetics, but I'm worried it will be very vulnerable to Creepers. In order to minimize potential damage, I'm thinking of building my ...
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Does length dilation affect the Y axis in the Nether?

It's known that traveling one block in the Nether is equivalent to traveling 8 blocks in the real world, and I can confirm that along the X and Z axes by building four portals: two in the Nether and ...
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Why can't I destroy or place blocks?

I'm playing on a Survival world with cheats on, "easy" difficulty, and at night in-game. I didn't have a sword or anything to make a sword with, and I was starving, so I switched to Creative to give ...
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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 to disable hardcore in Minecraft?

My girlfriend accidentally enabled hardcore mode in Minecraft, dooming herself to experience the ultimate frustration sooner or later on her first playthrough. Is there any (presumably non-legitimate) ...