Regardless of your devotion to the game, or your viewpoint regarding response to player input, you must face the facts. The code staff is practically nonexistant and development is certainly lacking. Reasons for this may vary, and may be entirely valid, but the mud has a recurring history of such lapses. Recently, an increase in their frequency and duration has been apparent. Without a dedicated staff and a vision for the future, the game is destined to stagnate and decline.
If you're a player who thrives on new developments, skills and spells, code snippets that add to gameplay value, and is appreciative of an active, growing, changing, healthy mud, Avatar is not for you.