Unfortunately I don't think there's anything that we the players can really do about this. Just as much as we do not wish to pay money to transfer off of our realm, there wouldn't be any reason for someone to pay money to transfer TO our realm. Furthermore, despite that fact that most players do not enjoy the low population experience some actually do.
I am not sure why people think this realm is in so much trouble. Granted there is a low horde population there are still a LOT of active people looking to raid. Project Mayhem is running two solid ten mans. One has completed MSV and is on to HoF and the other is 4 bosses down into MSV. Are we serious progression raiding in ToT yet? No, but the guild is barely two months old. We are also about two weeks out from starting up a third ten man as we have that many fresh 90's who are looking to raid and are getting geared. Twenty five man raiding starts next month for us.
I think the attitude is wrong for old school raiders tbh. You have to be willing to teach others. This has been designated a "new player" server so as long as you are willing to go slowly through content while people learn mechanics and get geared I think you will find that this server has a WONDERFUL group of fresh players to pull from.
As to the comment about people not wanting to pay to transfer... 5 people out of my second ten man paid to transfer to this server. Most ex-hardcore progression raiders that are looking for a more friendly crowd. Additionally these players brought multiple characters.
If we change the way we treat each other on this server I think you will see a difference in the "blight." If we redefine how we look at the new player and see potential instead of just going "O servers dead" because some heavy top end progression guilds left your bound to only see the negative.
Project Mayhem is here to stay. Server has been a pleasure, not a nightmare for many as this thread would imply.