As far as AR goes,recruiting has never been easy for anyone that doesn’t use a 7D tag. That’s just part of the game.
With more alliances starting daily, a bad tutorial that doesn’t show new players how to get to AR, and people just throwin up ad after ad after ad instead of actually talking with each other like we did in the old days then this problem will never be fixed.
I remember when we would have small talk then talk to a "naked"player that comes in the room, each of us would say a little bit about our alliances and that player would choose the best fit. That’s not the case anymore.
Now a "naked"player gets bombarded with messages(unless under level 10 then lucky if you even get acknowledged) or has ads that could be books to read through before making a decision which can be overwhelming, and because of that I’ve seen players just leave the room without even joining anyone.
Likely either started their own or joined one of the dead ones in the alliance search, neither of those decisions help the community with the current recruiting problem.
We can blame devs for AR, but a big part of it’s failing is due to the players. So looks like it will be up to the players to fix it. Any ideas?