Doublet7, you need to understand that with the EULA Policy, people who own servers may have players pay to get in so that owner can get money. Without doing this, the server will be shut down because the owner can't afford to keep the server going.
PikaCity is changing once again. We have been keeping track of feedback and suggestions since we whitelisted the server due to various reasons. In the current server world, whitelisted servers just don't attract players, and we have decided to reverse this change. We are opening the server to the public again - as it was before August.
Yes, we realize there are a handful of players who have purchased whitelist passes, and we are not going to let that money go to waste for you. You have the option to put that $10 towards a free item from the shop also worth $10 (shiny makeover, pokeheal command or anything else) OR you can request a refund of the $10. You can comment on this post to let us know which you want or contact me or an admin privately.
As far as reverting back to our old server model with ranks and multiple servers - we are not stepping that far ahead of ourselves yet. Right now we are only turning the whitelist off and seeing how our player count increases from there.
It is the mission of me, and PikaCity staff to make sure the server thrives and does not die. If you have questions, comment below.