I'm believer that saes might be a better server. SAES administration ( and excuse me if I'm wrong but) you ought to be more flexible. I'm saying this because actually saes is completely an ingrained server where only a minority of ideas/suggestion are picked out . if you'd bring things that player have upvoted for it, players positively would be more involved to innovate within the community. In another aspect, players turning inactive or retired of the server, the main reason why people quit and turn inactive is because they don't find anything interesting to do more than connect to make some activities for their gang/squad/companies/groups and not much else. My point is, MAKE IT FOR THE COMMUNITY NOT FOR THE ADMINISTRATION.
Some ideas that i came up: add more activities for polices and criminals. For copside implement a system of level which they could take advantage of privileges (more money for arresting depending on their level, refrain kill arrest in jail to cops under x level etc)add copside more fun by adding trainings life-style like. Also let cops take part in the turf wars so they can lower the process by killing and not arresting criminals. For criminal side, a good idea is, big heists organized among members from different particular gangs (not necessary a bank). Bring back gangrobs. Bring back hr. Considerer the idea of bringing more Store Robberies!
Last but not least, we know things are constantly changing to adapt the human brain, nothing in this world would stay forever... when something expires the productivity of it decreases , maybe due this reason the people get bored of the server of doing nothing. Let's see this aspect from a new player, someone just joined the server, what's his/her purpose or goal? have fun and join a decent squad/gang , right? (almost certainly)either then after joining gang/squad this is the greatest achievement for a new player, nowadays its devalued by the factor of the new updates in Gang/Squad Managements that make it easier to them to be invited 2 days after they applied.