The two places I've been considering are here and Emerald Dream. I haven't yet looked into the community on Emerald Dream, but just from dungeoning experiences on my Greymane toons, it seems that there are a large number of immature children on that server. But it would have the advantage of being populated enough that I could probably do some kind of pugging on what would be a low-priority alt that I wouldn't be playing every day.
I've been hearing good things about Ravenholt, so I rolled an Alliance lowbie this evening to check it out. The lack of CRZ is appealing to me because I like the idea of a server community where the people I see out in the world are on the same server. I miss that on my home server. So I was expecting it to be pretty quiet in the starting zone, and it was. I eventually moved on to Ironforge and Stormwind to try to gauge the activity level and it was also kind of empty.
Did I hit the server at the wrong hours, or roll on the wrong faction, or is it generally really quiet on this server? I don't mind rolling horde if it would improve the community involvement (I <3 tauren), but I thought I should ask here first.
I've also noticed that maybe around half of the toons I've seen around have been lowbies. Has there been a recent influx of people? Is the server mainly the kind where people roll alts that they don't put much time into, with their mains being located on another server? Would I be an outsider on the edge of a close-knit community if I rolled an alt that I don't put much time into, with my main on another server?
And what kind of activities does the community do together? I like raiding a lot, but I don't really have any need to do it here if I roll a toon here because I do it on my Greymane toons, though I wouldn't be opposed to joining a casual raid here or there if those happen. I'm curious about world pvp, though from what I hear on the wow forums, it's largely a dying/dead part of the game. I like leveling, but I don't really want to roll a toon only to find out that the only thing I can do with people on the server is dailies, especially when I avoid them like the plague on my primary toons.
I'm sorry if I'm phrasing this in kind of a negative way at all, I'd just like to get a feel for the server and see if it's a place I'd enjoy or not, and I don't know how much of the picture I'm getting from a lowbie toon. Also, I'd like to know whether the server would welcome someone who doesn't plan to make it their home server, but wants to just have fun with a different style of gameplay every now and then.