Correct me if I'm wrong, but why does it always seem the people who feel the need to bitch are always the salty ones who left the server because "RPD leadership" was lacking. In my mind, I translate that as "another player who wanted rank, didn't get it, and now left the server." And who the hell visits a forum of the server they left? That's so freakin weird to me.
I think there's more quality RP and quality players on now than there was 6 - 8 months ago. You're always going to get RDM'ed by the random shitheel, that's a given, but I've definitely run across more good RP in the last 4 months. I didn't analyze the screenshot @Ronduthposted, but it definitely feels like more quality players now than it did before, and if the pop is less, I'd rather have better players on than a full server full of RDM'ing libtards.
But whatever. The server is what you make it. Altis Life is that strange kind of game that has big rifles and rules, so its never going to be perfect. But you can control what you do. I always laugh when I read people expecting things to be perfect. I rarely have issues on this server because when I go criminal, I go FULL criminal and don't expect to live long. I know my plates can be read while driving, so if I'm in a car, its game on. I don't expect to RP out of 9 manslaughters. I don't think a lot of people choose their battles wisely. They expect some miraculous change of events with their RP as they get caught, or get butthurt because they got tazed jumping out of a vehicle as a highly wanted felon. Do the crime, do the crime. Suck it up, snowflakes.