I will put a small bit here, but ultimately will be addressing this at the community meeting.
It's a little more difficult than you would think to address absolutely everything here over a box of text. Just to start things off though there is a lot of misinformation throughout this entire thread. And again you guys have absolutely no idea what goes on behind the scenes of the server. One thing that stood out to me was the criticism of my role with server development and that it somehow with Xaze's recent promotion just been shot away which has no validity at all considering I appointed Maxwell's to the same role just a little under a year earlier. We as founders have put a team of people in place within the community to lead and run the server. They are all participating within their roles as they should and all leadership has direct lines of communications to us at any given time. You guys are very quick to assume that we are no where to be seen but if you ask ANY of these members you will soon realize that all 4 of us make ourselves accessible and take time out of our day to meet in order to get whatever needs to be sorted taken care of. This could happen in a discord call, a private TS cahnnel, over text or phone call, anywhere. It is not my responsibility to make all of my meetings and other founder's meeting public to you guys. It's clear that you have set up some expectations on your own that cater strictly to what you think you're entitled to.
The server population decline has been something on my radar for the last weeks/months. I've been running this damn community for 5 years of my life, and have more experience with it's inner workings than any player or member of the community entirely. The thought that I personally don't care deeply offends me as I have spent a great deal of my life dedicated to the overall success of the community. Just because you don't see it doesn't mean it doesn't fucking happen. My job isn't to make sure you see me and I am not going to sit here and publicize every little thing I do on a day to day basis. The fact that you think you are entitled to that is ridiculous. Founder interaction within the community and sever ISN'T what is killing the player pop, rather its a set of toxic mindsets that seem to continue growing. I want to take a second and explain that I am not trying to shift blame. I read and acknowledge what you have said but the only solution to the server player population is to continue grinding the reps of updates and furthering the player development on the server. WE CAN'T FIX ALL OF THAT FOR YOU. You literally said it yourself in this fucking thread that when YOU GUYS as players came together and made a day out of the server to do an imperial event, it was some of the best RP/time for all of you. Why is that only limited to that 1 day? Why is that we have players come over from icefuse and other servers applauding the content we have on our server, applauding that we update our server more frequently, yet leaving and saying how shit the rp is between the PLAYERS on the server. This has happened so many times I can't even count them. Players actively leaving the server to go somewhere else with less content so that they can be in a more player driven community.
This is one thing I will say, I have been working with Xaze on scheduling the coming updates through the rest of the year, this will be the most content we've ever released in any given year and the entire playstyle of the server is going to be re-written into almost a new game. We will get through this time but you guys need to start respecting the hierarchy and individuals we put in place to oversee the day to day operations of the server.