Quite the fickle bunch here. Seems to me that if this field opened up, did it's thing and went under there would be a thread on here with people saying "why didn't they ask for input from the community? "
Now before you tell me that I don't know why you're making the comments; I do. Haven't followed the story too closely but have a general idea.
If this field is opened then it's success/failure will be decided by the owner's actions and the player's support.
That being said:
No mandatory field bbs and run by someone who isn't only profit motivated are excellent suggestions.
As sad as it is for the 'hard core' player, you need to pander to the walk in/new player market. If you rely solely on this community you are setting yourself up for failure. A majority of players are a thrifty bunch.