Immolate, I hear you and understand what you're saying. However, you're making the faulty assumption of stating that I'm not attempting to do anything about it. So, given that I am giving you the respect of having read your entirely hypothesized argument, allow me to issue a rebuttal.
First, I think that RP might just be second to the wretched state of the SWC economy, but there's little I can do to change that, outside of offering whatever I craft at reasonable prices in the hopes that it'll adjust the market a bit. However, the server is classified as an RP server and should be treated as such. Please read the full post to understand exactly what I mean by that...
I actively work toward getting people to RP through the usage of multiple RP channels, RP mods, RP guild recruitment, and public RP. I've invited some people I learned were still interested in the concept to an event tonight. That's irrelevant, to the chiefest point that you seem to make, which is a damning statement on any RP server...that the policing of the server is pointless, which is absolutely incorrect. I don't make the statement that RP servers are for RP alone...that's silly, however griefing should absolutely NOT be tolerated. WRA polices its servers pretty firmly against people that grief or condemn RP and RP is quite dominant there. Yes, I have some toons there and no, I have no intention of moving because I have always been at SWC and want to foster its strength, rather than just watch it decay. Don't get me wrong, I think that people should be able to do what they desire on an RP server, but when they are -ACTIVELY- seeking to destroy the activity (RP), which many have, -then- you have an issue that requires what you have addressed as "policing". "Policing," in fact is simply one method by which we can ensure that everybody involved has a reasonable experience...RPers can RP without trouble from trolls/griefers and standard PvE'ers and PvPers can do their activities as they please and engage in OOC fun. However, the belief that we should be willing to allow people to flame RP freely is silly. Perhaps you don't have this issue in the Horde, but Alliance side, I've seen it too often to discount. I RP on Hordeside, as well, with toons in Steadfast and Rekkashi, but I would step up to griefers Hordeside, as well...and I think, if you were RPing and they regularly destroyed your events, you would as well.
Now...taking your assumptions and having effectively discounted them, I'll point out that I'll continue to push for RP once in a while on the forum, "police" griefers, recruit for The Embassy, and encourage RP on the Alliance side. I'm sure Horde members have their own issues to deal with. For Alliance on SWC, I'm still convinced the chiefest problem is lack of RP styled gameplay on this server.
Again, I have -no- issue with PvE or PvP members...my main gripe is with griefers and the main issue that not only me, but several others are working to remedy, is the issue we have with RP on our side of the server. After recruiting and discussing the matter in general yesterday, I found that these thoughts definitely were not uncommon.
(Minor edits for wording at approx 11:29 on 4/24/11)
Edited by Briaeros on 4/24/2011 8:29 AM PDT