What me need is a moderated thread that offers constructive suggestions on what people would like to see improve.
the forums have an abundance of negatives pointed out with few suggestions (realistic ones) on how to improve things
a complete revamp of Standard Elo is needed i think. cutting back on Cr prizes is also another good plan imho
That, and intelligence can either be feared or enjoyed. The fact that so many people have chosen to fear it as of late (or blast my inbox repeatedly with spam) sorta answers the question to this topic: community is dying, and losing iq points like water leaking out of one of those forest-fire water dousing planes.
How do you realistically measure if UR is dying or not?
Nobody has said any facts; just personal opinions. If you are getting bored and think everyone else is sharing that emotion then game might be not extremely re-playable but that does not mean it is dying. Game is dying when it is losing more players than gaining.
Best real measure is to go to the rankings page. Take weekly rankings and start looking how many new players have adopted this game during last week and played actively, count away people with level >40 (they are old players) and count away half of the players