For what i read on multiples forum, they are indeed the true Vanilla community. One part with candid people who really wants to see how it goes, and another one with elitists piece of shit like Alexensual or Kungen, spreading lies to influence the candid part.
The best example is about transmog, they don't want it on the vanilla server (Which is okay, there was no transmog back then, so, pure experience) but the reason is not the authenticity of the server, no no. The main reason is i quote "So i can see which player is a trash or not".
Nice example of the friendship of the Vanilla realms.
But props to them, this was exactly my experience.
Have you tried playing a young casual sp pvp back then?
People spitted on you all the time when it comes for PvE.
I started playing WoW in WotLK, but being able to walk around and see people in raiding gear and know they are better than me is what got me addicted to WoW. I liked the fact that they would spit on me for being a noob, it gave me something to strive towards, which is where the addiction to the game came to being. It is human nature after all to strive to be better than other people. I like Asmongold's analogy to describe this most, he says why does anyone by a Lamborghini? To be able to drive hella fast? No, it is a status thing. Transmog has taken away this status. I also think LFR has taken away the status of being able to say you have completed a raid that majority of players aren't able to complete.
I hope they don't touch the games code except to fix bugs that crash the game or server. I want them to keep the game as close to Vanilla as possible not so I can experience it, but so the new generation of neckbeards can have the experience of an MMO I once had. I am probably going to be way too busy irl to be able to play vanilla like a neckbeard I use to. I will certainly be playing Vanilla to experience it, but probably won't have the time to be able to neckbeard it.