PD, everything was fine until the server crashed. When it restarted, a bunch of the permissions were messed up. I'm thinking a regular restart of the server may fix this, but looking into what caused the crash may help to prevent it from happening again.
About automations, those were purposely left off.
Public warps not working is tied into the same permissions thing.
If anyone recently picked up VIP or VIP+ your name will need to be re added to the list, just let us know.
Remember that a lot of this might be notches work. We were expecting issues moving 1.7 maps to 1.8 since so much was changed. This is why we were planning on starting new maps with 1.8.. its just put off until 1.9 since its so close and would require starting over again.
I'm thinking pistons are due to that.
I haven't had issues with minecarts.. actually I seem to have the opposite problem, I cant seem to crit them at all, and they're more difficult to destroy. remember, notch also nerfed swords and hits, so it may just be that your weak.