I have a different perspective than you and D4
Honestly it's utterly obvious to me, maybe because I have a different perspective than you and D4? I was just flabbergasted to keep hearing "you can't use the (entire) 200 million figure" because I was completely upfront about using a percentage. *shrug*
Hadn't heard of the petition, but I heard all about the private server and the legal action(or threats thereof). And that's what (I heard) got their attention and thinking about the possibilities. (A big part of that was the donations he got.) And you're right, it's about the possible revenue stream. There was what, 750,000 votes required for it to not only have no extra membership fee but also open to f2p? If we go by the hiscores, there aren't even that many members, and it was a members-only vote.
And you hit the main argument on the nose - as I understand sell rs accounts it, D4 is under the impression that the forum vocal minority is heavily influential on jagex policy and actions. He's free to correct me if I'm wrong in my impression of his position, though. My position always has been that majority will trump minority (no matter how vocal) every time, buy runescape accounts because the majority provides the greater part of the revenue, and no capitalistic company would aggravate the majority to please the minority.
I could be wrong, but my perception is that MMG sell runescape accounts is in a quite unenviable position. He has to make players happy *and* be responsible for making sure the company turns a profit (the two being connected, but still). He's got an extremely negative vocal minority to deal with (the only power such a vocal minority ever has being a negative one, and we've certainly seen that with player attrition. The vocal minority likes to lay all of that on Jagex, but personally I see it as a mix of the mistakes Jagex has made (and boy have they made some blunders I will admit) and the negativity being spread around by the vocal minority. When I started back in '08, if I had seen all the negativity, I might not have started.