1. The application process:
It’s only a matter of time before current members followed the trend and left their position as well. The current system can be maintained but is clearly too heavy and fails at providing enough candidates: instead of waiting for people to apply, pay more attention to players who display member traits and ask them to join the team. The idea obviously doesn’t consist in accepting everyone but in taking account of the current situation nD’s now facing and in having more potential members.
2. Setting up a “trusted regulars” group:
Implement a menu in which players can kick and ban (cheaters for instance) for max. 3h. It would also only be accessible when no members are on (similar to the /admin function). If it were to be abused, I’m sure the activity could easily be traced, the privilege withdrawn and a strike given.
3. Allow members to ban cheaters without proof if their “accepted ratio” is fine.
4. ZOMBIE ESCAPE Server:
I find it a questionable choice to have bet the community’s future on a single server. Moreover other (ZE) communities have been active way longer, have more coders, have a wider player base than we do and can manage a 64-people server: we simply can’t compete.
I definitely don’t intend to point fingers at anyone nor have the pretention to tell that things should’ve been done differently or even worse, say that there’s an easy answer which would suddenly “solve” everything, but not voicing my opinion and sharing suggestions wouldn’t be right as well.