No matter what people say, I still have faith on this community, sad but true about what I have to say but gamers stop being called gamers to evolve in something else: entrepreneurs, the more people can get profit from a server the more success could be a server without losing people that fast as we saw in ko private server scene lately, I am not saying my point of view, it is a fact.
I also learnt a few things reading this thread (thanks to the author), besides if none cares about reading his whole wall text well I have read the whole thing because it was very useful and so many things have sense about what he said, people already looking to be the best instead enjoying the game, of course that i wont put everyone in one bag but the vast majority think in that way. From our experience as a staff I could say it is not easy to start a private server, even when you want to make things different than others (bring the game back to 2003), it is like when somebody who lived on the 70's or 80's and there was good music around but if this same people living on this year listen this music again they feel young again and for a while they just smile, the same concept we moved to oldschoolko, there are many factors that have to be put altogether in order to make a server successful and everyone like or at least being interested to play for a while and try it out. Passion, honesty and skills must be the main support for any server team staff, trust me that one person cant be capable to have all those skills together.
Some of you guys were talking for a server that part of the system was sell items in PUS to give more power for the ones who can afford them and giving then at the end a big unfairly advantage, that's kind contradictory, how people can say they are happy playing in a server like this? but i have to admit that each person with his own taste, i respect that.
Being administrator of a server is really hard and you are learning all the time, it is not like "hey i have 2k usd lets make a private server", it doesn't work like this, you have to know where you are going with your idea and the most important part is understand your community, what they expect from your server and how you can keep them happy (at least the vast majority, you never could make everyone happy after some decision you perform). Also if people like your server and result of that is donations then you must invest a good share of this money to make your server better and secure because as more successful you are more people will try to take you down.
Server without people is nothing, we owe to our community, people who play, believe and recommend your server to more friends means that you defeated this obstacle of the "entrepreneurship" from the majority of people who start playing your server. When you see people joining in party to make exp, getting inside the events to fight and get some stuff from it, making pk and watching amazing battles with this passion with only ko players has then you start to believe that the ko community is not completely dead, the new people who is exploring knight online they have the same feelings and getting excited in the same way we felt it long time ago, it makes those moments worth to keep working for this community
Maybe I receive (and perhaps I deserve it) that some people said : I haven't read the whole text but i am not agree with you or any other idea they want to express, you are free to do that, but would be better if you make a point and we can keep learning each other and keep our belief about this community.