So let me preface this by sayin i understand the actual server launch is a long way away and right now its literally the first week or so of testing on the tbc server but as someone who has been online everyday since day 1, let me just say that day after day the servers are becoming more and more dead, at the start there was 50-60 people on per faction any time of the day or night (i am EU) and last day or 2 it seems to peak around 13-17 people per faction and usually around 10, and its getting lower and lower, i have both a 70 alliance (wsg marked to 70) and 69 horde hunter i am levelling manually and everyday i look for pvp or whisper everyone online to try ad get a group for a dungeon and nothing.
when the purpose of this test is supposedly to test ramparts and pvp (both group content) i find it disheartening that it is impossible to do either.
the removal of the wsg marks just made so many people log out and not log in again, as well as creating an imbalance of those already at 70 the fast way and those who have to grind it out/quest, then there is the fact that without marks you cant buy pvp weapons even if you manually level to 70, again creating an imbalance on top of an imbalance, and even if you do get 70, you spend 30 mins whispering everyone online to get a group for something and nothing happens and you log out.
outside of bug reports from solo questing and a couple ramparts runs in the first 2 days of the server being up i have not been able to do anything remotely related to group play in about 4 days and its getting worse and worse.
if you really want pvp tested and dungeons (currently ramparts) give people some incentives to be able to do those things (instant 70, s1 or 2 pvp geared toons) i assure you lots of people would be happy to log in and spam bg's or arena or even world pvp and you could get some genuine feedback.
i have yet to see anyone on my hunter from 64-69 in nagrand, blades edge or netherstorm of either faction.
i understand this is a test server but in order to get proper feedback we need people to want to test it and right now its either solo grind quests or nothing at all, and i bet in a day or 2 if nothing is added/changed the people logging in right now will just not bother again. and the server will just be full of fresh people who log, instant 60, go to hellfire peninsula, do maybe 1 hour of quests and get bored and log out.
we all know the server will be wiped multiple times throughout testing so nobody wants to invest 20-30 hours grinding quests solo just to provide bug reports on stuff that according to you guys isn;t even the focus of testing right now.
so please allow us to actually do some pvp etc and i assure you server numbers will pick up and we will get a lot more fun and reasons to log in which in turn means a lot more feedback.