I spent a solid half hour helping the other, Joker, learn the essentials of DB. Despite his lag, I saw considerable improvement in his form, and he seemed grateful enough for it.
OK so maybe this shows very little about the current status of DB, but even though these weren't local Australian players, it is a solid indicator that more people are entering the DB community.
If we want to see this community grow again, it is essential that people are ready to treat the newcomers with respect, and to give them an experience that they enjoy. One of the key things that will scare such players off, would be the VO servers.
I can accept that many of you enjoy playing VO games, but for many n00bs it is an intimidating situation as they are required to pick up on volleying quickly. Although with experience, it becomes easy, volleying is initially, difficult to do.
Don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with having VO servers. The problem is that too many people allow themselves to get frustrated by having n00b team mates who don't know what to do. I quote one player I saw in a VO server, when he was paired with a n00b.
This sort of thing is very discouraging for players, as I'm sure you are already aware. It is always good for a n00b player to be offered encouragement for just TRYING to do some things, even if he makes a complete flop of it. Just remember, we were all n00bs once too.FFS! If you can't play properly, go away!
Some of you, will probably disagree with what I've said here. However, I have not said these words without reason or personal account, and so I stand firmly by my beliefs. Flame me if you will, but this is just my two cents.