This happens because your suggestions are either retarded, counter-productive or you make shitty arguments for your case.
On the very rare occasion that it not the occasion, it is because people put A LOT of time and effort into certain course and someone comes and tries to steer the ship other way. Of course there are going to be conflicts.
>Also the playerbase is small because of the issues I highlighted previously.
No its not. it is because DM runs the quest during unconventional times (do not change your time-schedule OP, this is the ONLY quest I can participate because we have similar time-zones.)
Or because people just don't find the quest interesting. That happens too and there is nothing anyone can do about it.
You want to see massive player-base with Consensus style system. Go see: "Lord Quest, Dark Overlord quest, Totemist Quest, Frost Giantess Quest, Omnipotence Quest, Void Quest, Corp Quest, MegaCorp Quest, Blood Quest, Terminator Quest, Skynet Quest, Doppelganger Quest."
You will notice each and every of them are or were highly successful quests with a lot players and a fair deal of arguing and reaching consensuses.