These people are trying out a new game and aren't sure if they are even going to stick with it yet, and you think they are leaving because of something they read on the forums? Huge stretch imo.
Wraithlin is completely right.
CB has many other problems.
CB is a great game for 5 years ago. Now, with the iphone, ipad, and netbooks, it is old school. Very old school. Most people now want some sort of graphics. Even crappy graphic but something. Something to hook you in while you are still exploring the game.
The NUB/NCB system is completely messed up. Veterans are upset that new players get in 6 months what they tried to get in years. And if you ever just mess up your NUB, you are really hosed. Miss a few days, and you lose countless growth.
Make the NUB/NCB 200% max and make the time longer. I know Jon stated that most people only play an online game for 4-6 months, IIRC, but CB is not like other online games. It should take years to accomplish what others have done in years.
Or better yet, listen to what most of the players want and put in a rolling bonus.
CB used to be great due to the massive swings that change month would produce. New items, spells, abilities. That is something of the past. I suspect CB is in a phase of minor tweaks with an occasional new item. But the new huge changes are likely something of days past.
One thing in particular is causing CB to lose new people more than anything-the tutorial. If that is not obvious, I do not know what to say.
I have referred people to CB and all have the same complaints about it. Difficult to get through. Does not make sense. Gets buggy and in some cases one cannot get to the next step. Either redo it or get rid of it and put new players into a special room with a couple people that want to help to guide them. CB has less than 10 new players a day so that should not be a problem.
Other problems are with item balance. There are just 4 real tattoo to use. Specialized strats or heavy NW strats can get away with a few of the others. If people cannot still see the imbalances with a few of the items, then we are destined to keep the current stagnation.
Still other problems for new players are the item traps. What in hell is the ES or the THF still doing in CB? or even the Mithril Cuirass? Purge the game of all the useless items.
I think these problems are far worse than the "intellectual drivel" that some think are driving new players away. If one likes CB as a game, one can easily turn off the forums or even not reply. Yes, the forums get heated at times, but one can easily not participate or look away.
But with me leaving, perhaps CB will see a new explosion of new players due to the lack of "intellectual drivel" in the forums with perfect peace and harmony. But I would not count on it. Not until the other more pressing problems are fixed.