The problem with voting isn't that it only brings in a few newcomers, it's that for the 4-5 attempts we have made with it we have never seen any sign that it has ever brought in even a single newcomer.
Why it doesn't work is simply because we have too few players to bring us to page 1-2 on the voting pages which is where you need to be to be visible to those go visit the voting pages..." - Roobster88
Just because you're not on the front 2 pages doesn't mean no one will join it, there are people that go looking through random pages of server lists. I found the server by looking on a server list at like the 400th page, all that matters is that it looks somewhat appealing and if someone stumbles on it they might try it. There will never be any evidence for this working because the outcome is so miniscule but if one person found it anyone could find it. Having your name out there is better than not having it out there at all.