I'm really sorry If I scared you off Dukasaur, I hadn't considered that my posts were becoming depressing to anyone. Opinionated and abraisive maybe, but I really had no idea. I have been the object of more haters than usual as of late and perhaps its affecting the tone of my posts. This is not an excuse, its an explanation.
All I know, thanks to my haitus, is that I have come back to a different CC than I left. I have to admit that I think my haitus has given me a more vivid comparison between a year ago and now than the average player. I have referred to this phenomenon before as the "rip van winkle effect". The community seems to have shrunk and apathy grown. This notion I gained all by myself without any outside influence. Hencely, I tried to gain as much insight to the reasons by reading the appropriate threads and asking around. Having no other input until now, I was left to work with what I had to make as clear a picture as possible. I am not an apathetic person so my instinct was to try and think of a solution.
From what I understand CC's customer base is dropping and the fact is more or less undeniable. From your list of demands I of course have an opinion regarding all of them but they are not questions that are my responsibilty to answer, they are the site's owner's. There are ways to find out which changes would boost membership but the general consesus of those who are actually paying attention is that the site's owner isn't even looking into what the paying customers, present or future, actually want or need. This takes some effort and involvement that seems to be lacking(pardon the pun). I want, as I hope others want, the site to continue indefinitely. For those who think I have some ulterior motive, I don't know what that might be.
I'm going to have to take some more time to absorb your post which I really appreciate you drawing up. I just wanted to put something up to let you know that I read it and am overjoyed to see that someone is coming on this thread with something real to contribute, contrary to my own views or not. What I've written so far is essentially a response to up to point #3 but this is not to say that I may clarify my thoughts up until that point later. The whole purpose of the thread is to openly discuss a potential solution to a problem, not start a war.
As for the one mod who went on strike, I don't know the circumstances but its pretty hard for one person to fight the power as it were. A strike by nature is a unification of a group in protest towards a goal.