@Mademoiselle perfectly described my opinion. Bring back the old rules, and bring back some of the permabanned players. Obviously "case by case".
I genuinely miss people like Dusty and Squillium. They were fun as fuck to roleplay with, and as Mademoiselle said in her post above, they brought a special kind of spice to the server. That combined with the fact that a lot of the old players (pau, black fangs, symptom, ratpack etc guys) don't play anymore just gives the server a new level of boring. But, they don't want to play because the rules are too restrictive. At this point, we're just running around in circles.
Rolle has stated a few times now that permanent bans are now, most of the time, permanent. As in, unappealable. There is no getting permed, appealing, coming back and repeating.
This is to make people stop fucking around and letting their points rack up. Now, being on final & having the threat of being permanently removed from the community is more so.