I notice some people here who comment so much negativity without actually being on the game for even 6 months+ straight and actually /trying/ to enjoy and adapt to the new ways the server evolved to.
iRO Chaos is still very enjoyable if you actually decide to do something ingame and have a great/healthy relationship with your ingame buds. There are still so many people who level, do instances, hunt MVPs that many people are camping them(friend just got an MVP card yesterday from 1 they been camping), or do social activities and even sit in town, maybe in ways not like "before". You also have to coordinate with ppl ahead to party up or just go to the actual levelling site and find parties(did last night). People have to find ways and it wont just magically appear. I have met new players who are now maxed out and playing although some don't like that it's a solo thing now and leave.
There are fewer people since there's a lot of new games/servers that opened, so naturally they would try it out but I do notice a lot of them come back like some of these forum commenters here who barely play but still post like they are active asf.
Like some mentioned, a lot of the players are working, have families and even some studying. No one who got more responsibilities irl wants to start over again and that's the appeal Chaos has. People take breaks and have something to come back to.
This isn't the first time a server from iRO has dropped in population. When I started here 2013 ish the server I was on had few people that it did shock me but it was still enjoyable, eventually got merged and plenty followed. It won't be the first and it won't be the last. I personally would rather play in a long lasting/stable server like Chaos than play in those short term ones and I know many (active) people who feel the same way.
To sum it all up, iRO Chaos isn't all bad as some people make it out to be since there are still active players (Although busy and have different timezones). People have said iRO will close since 2015 and it hasn't. I do agree bugs need to fixed and updates are needed because it does affect customer experience, and I hope that the direction WP is going to, will take that into consideration.
@CM Mayari thank you so much for being patient with all of us and we really appreciate what you're doing. I want to apologize if some people here were rude to you. I am one of those that are quietly cringing at some of the entitled comments you received and you did not deserve them. Please keep the great work up!! Your energy is refreshing here!!
Lastly, most active players I know don't spend much time here in the forums and just play and coordinate ingame/in discord and just go on here when there's Kachua/OCP Wishlist