I see the biggest reason for people not playing, from what I've heard from others, has been the staff. First, they can be seen breaking rules plain in the MC Chat, chat flooding, as well as being hypocritical, as I and another have been warned for posting images yet staff can have special treatment.
*Imburse was verbally warned for posting images
Staff feel that they are more than players that help with the server and moderate the people who really shouldn't be on and talking. I find it very annoying and fucking hypocritical when I get warned for stuff staff does themselves.
Second, some rules are just fucking bullshit. Granted, some little kids do play the game, but the chat is WAYYYY to restrictive when we're just trying to relax after a day of school or work. Of these rules, character spam and chat flood are the most fucking annoying things to get warned by. These should be reformed not to hurt players who donate and are trying to have fun and be active but those who are generally trying to cause chaos. From my experience, I've been warned for chat flood when literally only myself has been chatting and I'm testing something or when I'm talking with someone else and no one else it talking and I am sending multiple messages. Chat flood, most times when I spam a character a few times its for dramatics. Both of these we're just trying to have a conversation and the staff absolutely NEED to shut down any kind of fun or good the conversation was. These need to be reformed to less restrictive. The idea behind rules is not to censor players who are trying to have fun, and it seems like staff want to constantly emphasize they are staff rather than helping in event of a minge or actual nuisance.
A way of fixing this is having maybe another chat that we can switch to with less restrictive rules where we can just have fun on the server and socialize without having staff constantly looming over us. At this point, I'd rather just keep it to DM's and not say a word because if I do i can be banned for shit that isn't even that big. The point of staff is not to discourage people from talking and socializing, its to prevent the people trying to stop the socializing. Half or more of the experience of playing is exactly that and if you continue sucking your own dicks it will continue making people leave. I see why many quit because of exactly this, and many just avoid chat altogether. It's fucking cancer, and when we try to escape life and work, we still have someone over our head. Not to say all rules should be lessened, but I think that the chat rules need to be reviewed, staff roles and rules should be reviewed to prevent the hypocrisy, and I think that this server can be a lot better after. Thanks, that's all.