How should versions for Minecraft Java Edition be handled?
The current agreement, concluded at the time of 1.13, is that the answer should have separated areas or multiple answers.
The issue for the first separated option is that now and especially in the future, things like this can happen:


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In 1.15 and 1.16 the foo tag was known as bar


Here is the workaround for 1.14 (Versions below 1.13 have a different syntax).

That was a bit of an exaggeration but you see the point.
But for the latter, having 4 different answers for different versions is just inconvenient, goes against the site's design, and just has a lot of general flaws.

The only other real way to deal with this is to have multiple questions.

While right now it is not too much of an issue, in the future this will especially become apparent as many things are getting changed such as renaming things, removing things, adding things, and syntax changes. Every other version seems to break and change a lot of things.
Does everyone still have the same idea as a few years ago, or anyone think different? The problem originally arose from this question, which had a bounty put on it for an updated answer. How should these situations be handled?

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    I do not know anything about Minecraft versions, but for games I play like say Skyrim/Fallout all support sites/forums/mod sites ask for the latest versions. Is there a reason people do not upgrade to the latest version for Minecraft? Commented Nov 25, 2020 at 6:29
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    @LoreFriendly yes like half of the community plays 1.8, a good chunk plays 1.12 and then the rest play the latest version 1.16. 1.13+ just got really garbage for servers and 1.8 and 1.7 are used for PVP
    – Penguin
    Commented Nov 25, 2020 at 15:09
  • @Penguin Not nearly "half of the community", just a few people who prefer the 1.8 spam-clicking combat for some reason and not even all of them. But there are actually many reasons why people play older versions, including adventure maps that contain command systems for older versions, nostalgia, system support (for example no OpenGL 4 on Android, which is needed for MC 1.13+), wanting to exploit bugs that got fixed since then, … Commented Nov 26, 2020 at 0:48
  • @FabianRöling yes anyone who plays competitive plays 1.7/1.8 which is a massive chunk of the community, almost like half of people who play java do use 1.8 for servers not to mention most servers run on 1.12- bc 1.13+ is garbage for servers
    – Penguin
    Commented Nov 26, 2020 at 1:05
  • According to this website it's about 5.6%: minecraft-statistic.net/en/global_statistic.html That is not at all "half of the community". And among those that play PVP, only a small subsection doesn't accept the new system, the rest prefers a system in which not the person with the best ping always wins or the person with an autoclicker. Commented Nov 26, 2020 at 2:35
  • @FabianRöling no, everyone who plays competitive PVP plays 1.7/1.8 and this is supported by most PVP clients being 1.8. Also this "minecraft-statistic" doesn't have access to the mojang authentication servers so it doesn't know every time someone launches 1.7/1.8. If you believe that is truly reliable information, I am interested to hear how that data is collected? Edit: I just looked around on there and that information is 100% unreliable in the server section Mineplex is listed at 2k players each and being counted multiple times
    – Penguin
    Commented Nov 26, 2020 at 3:49
  • @FabianRöling any way why does that matter? I was simply trying to convey that a good chunk of the community doesn't use updated Minecraft, which it doesn't and saying that like 95% of the community uses 1.16 is just not accurate
    – Penguin
    Commented Nov 26, 2020 at 3:50
  • @Penguin there are no numbers to support either view. A "good chunk is" just as wrong as 5.6%. The stats only show servers, not population. Personally I know nobody playing on 1.8 and be done with it. In fact, a lot of people simply switch versions every now and then. And anyone playing on a cracked server or client is a 0 in the stats anyway and should be disregarded here as well.
    – dly
    Commented Nov 26, 2020 at 6:49
  • @dly yeah that’s kinda why I’m asking why it matters. People play on different versions, how many do isn’t very relevant is it?
    – Penguin
    Commented Nov 26, 2020 at 6:53
  • Okay let’s just stop talking about how many people play x version because its all just anecdotal (i.e. I mostly know/associate with people and groups that play 1.8 and I guess you guys don’t) and the only statistical information brought up was (no offense) unreliable garbage statistics. This isn’t relevant anyway, and is veering farther off from the question at hand.
    – Penguin
    Commented Nov 26, 2020 at 6:59
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    @Penguin IMHO it does not matter how many people still play old versions as long as they do. And back to topic: I'd go for multiple answers, unless the question is specifically about one version. I see no point in answering with other versions not asked there.
    – dly
    Commented Nov 26, 2020 at 7:06
  • There was more discussion elsewhere about my source and it does indeed seem unreliable. There's one for (most) Bukkit servers here, but not for general Minecraft. Commented Nov 26, 2020 at 12:59
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    @dly the one problem I see with multiple answers: Most people just look at the accepted answer or the most upvoted one. You also can't accept multiple answers, so in general having multiple answers for different things is just kind of off of the sites design imo. Also I do agree that multiple versions don't need to be included unless asked for, but I wouldn't oppose if someone were to includes solutions for multiple versions just for the sake of it as its only more useful information to more people
    – Penguin
    Commented Nov 26, 2020 at 20:10
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    @dly As a note, questions are not for the asker, they are for everyone having the same issue. Commented Nov 27, 2020 at 10:06


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