you are right we cried so much when you made big changes but turned out the changes made the server better. apologies from my side because i was one of them who bitched about it but learned from mistakes and trying to advise stuff for the sake of server
however, with all due respect i do not get what you want to do. you actually like the idea but dont want to deal with some abusers? or you would delete/change some items but dont want to deal with complains? then what you want to do?
i dont know if you are glad with the amount of active players but in my opinion this server deserves many more players and bringing stuff for high end levels wont bring new players since they still need months to reach it. thats all i want to point
Since months we are working on a new server. Different concept than SG so the target of players are not the ones that would be interested on SG. We didn't announce because is still in early-mid build, but I don't see why denying either.
Oh before the usual witch hunt begins, we are not abbandoning SG, updates such a new offline shop comes on SG because of the new project, so everyone is getting something from it, but of course as I already stated, it is useless to add new runs or contents if the current ones are flawed.
So if you want to assume that i sit and watch, nope, I work all days, but at the first place stands the Company I work for and a new kind of server is the way to go. Why? Because the problem of SG are mainly linked to how old the server is and to the attitude of the players to take any change, wrong or right, in the good way.
It is normal that after many years some things that were hard should become easy, well normal for me. I was often addressed that I don't see the server under the player's point of view. It is funny how the player's point of view is now asking me to do what they bitched so hard back then.
So while I appreciate the apology I also must say it doesn't solve any of the shits we had to cope with because of the ignorance, greedness and arrogant egomaniac behaviour from certain people or the players we lost because of such aggressive criticism.
Bare in mind, I am not saying we don't have our part of guilt, we have, but things could have been different or at least a bit better with a normal friendly community.
Regarding your question I am not glad with the current online count but there is nothing I can do about it if the problems are the age of the server or the needs of heavily nerfing things. I cannot always be the bad guy here, you guys are against any changes so you must deal with the consequences of such attitude.
For all the others that talks about boosters or Ochao, this topic is about new players. A new player don't give a damn about a level 100+ run or about some boosters. Once again you are just talking of things that bothers you disguising them as a concern for new players. Same old attitude that never cease to amuse me.