Very few servers are doing great these days. Mojang fucked up. Microsoft fucked up. And due to that, it reflected on every server in some way. Just except that it's changed and play on. If you want more people to play on the servers, then help out!
@Repzic1, You say the nice staff got "bad", yet they really didn't. It's more like they are starting to get tired of the constant bullshit from you people. All the whining and complaining. YES, the server isn't as it was years ago.
I'm completely aware, the reason is most likely because of the server version, so like I said be patient. When I say "Cosmetic" I don't mean just the cosmetics plugin, I mean anything that doesn't affect gameplay..