Howdy mate. Just an observation: owner & senior admins are still the same exact people. The quality & quantity of support staff (AKA GMs) has sunk into the ground, the commonest reason I've seen being that most new GMs with privilege level to be able to do most anything tend to abuse.
There was a time some GM injected code into a dala NPC just outside of alliance inn, so he could spam an advert of some kind whenever a player came close.
Another time, a GM added code so a bunch of mounts could be exploited in pvp instances
i could go on...
My reason of not engaging with pandashan/FS isn't game quality, im just bored with a decade old game which is just same old wine in a new bottle with every expansion.