My girlfriend and two close friends just started on IPY 1 month ago. I started 2-3 months ago. We finally all have 1-3 functioning, and pvp viable characters. Now, in a month or so, we are asked to follow some of the population over to a 'parallel facet' if we wish, and have to start over again, upon consummation of our current characters. Sounds dreadful....
I can safely say amongst the four of us, we desire more players, new dungeons, and random quest, but none of us wants to recreate the grind!
(also can we allow for more than name to be used. My friends and I all find it annoying that none of us have been able to name a character our first, second, or third choice, without the name being taken by people who don't actually play).
Also I agree with KY, and the others, a smaller landmass makes MORE SENSE, than fracturing what exist into double the size, on a hedged bet (these never go well, read a newspaper) that profits/players will come rolling in for eternity. And, let's presume in a year the population dwindles, as it will, then we are even further apart than we already are! Isn't there someway to decrease the landmass, while innovating dungeons or something, much like Rel Por appears to be trying to do?
The thing I loved about UO in the 90s, was that EVERYWHERE I went I ran into dozens of people, in droves. That can be done here too, if things get smaller in scale, and larger in population, but not larger in scale, and MAYBE larger in population.