I really enjoy playing on the sG ZE server and I rarely post here. However, I noticed a few problems which are leading to a drop in server popularity, some of them which have reoccurred over the last few years.
1) The store plug-in is down once again. This is a whole topic in itself because I believe there should be a balance between # of skins/downloading. Also, it may seem like small problem but there are lots of regulars who do like to have custom skins on this particular server. If regulars become disinterested (who are half decent) this leads to only newer players playing the server which leads to less maps being completed.
2) The server is almost unplayable at +35 players due to server capabilities. Yes, this is a difficult issue because it is takes financial resources to get a better server. Donations help but this may take an evaluation on sG's finances and allocation.
3) There is not enough time dedicated by admins/managers towards the sever. The admins we have now are great & really good players, even the paidmins are good! But if you look at other popular servers, like *GFL* cough, there is a moderator on at all times so that the server is a level playing field for everyone and the rules are being followed. This may seem like a small issue but in my experience it is nice to have someone mute an annoyance who is disrupting the game.
Anyways, that is my input on the situation. The server will likely die once again due to these persistent issues. I just hope that some can at least recognize some of the things I stated here. Thanks.