I got annoyed by this part, mainly because of the fact how wrong you are but you won't admit to that no matter how many people say you are.
The game hasn't been this active since forever really, in weekends pretty much all day the servers are at high and it generally feels more alive in game. The game isn't necessarily dying, just the older players are quitting which makes it feel like it is (Which is inevitable really). However I do not think the developers have necessarily 'shat' on the long term players. The previous updates were moreso changes for the future of the game and will most likely make more sense once everything has been added. The game will no longer be just PvP and shiny hunting as end game, from what Darkshade/Kyu etc. has said on forums is that dungeons are actually gonna be high end PvE content. This game will most likely be less enjoyable for the competitive players as they will most likely be semi forced to do PvE stuff to get everything(this is my guess, don't take my word for it as I know as much as anyone else) thus 'shitting on them'.
Also idk what you mean with 'add actual MMO features' when they've been literally talking about adding dungeons, which are the most staple feature is pretty much every MMO. From what they have said is that the security update delayed everything as they find security more important than content. And if you ask me that is pretty much respecting the players.
Some people dislike change, some do. I personally feel that this game is headed in the right direction, it just needs some time before it reached what it is meant to be.