I think the real problems for the slump are lack of automization and the inefficient construction of vbookie. Having to open a thread for every single match to be picked had to turn into struggles in the long run. .
fair point and I agree it is a fairly manual process in terms of setting the matches up, but as mentioned above if you have 2-3 people working on one event on a daily basis the most you would have to do is 3-4 which won't take too long.
Don't know how it is with the payout, to what extent it's automatized (I hope it is).
This is one aspect which is completely automised, all you have to do is tick a box next to the player name who won and voila
Lack of interest from the mods by pushing this thread here where clearly less people see it isn't a great help either. The technical staff should think about a complete renovation, like putting all matches in the vBookie section and offer betting right there without having to click numerous links. This way it would be a lot more clearly arranged for the users too. I'm not a big better myself, but it would be kinda pity if vbookie disappears. It's a great option for people who don't want to bet with real money. That said, I'm also willing to help. Quite a few people already posted here and sent pms, so it's not necessary I guess, but if I'm wrong, feel free to send some details and elaborations.
IMO where the v-books are currently setup (within each of the tournament threads) makes sense to me. I think the idea initially was that people could easily refer back to the OOP/draws threads which would be located in the same forum. Unfortunately those threads don't exist these days as the concept of livescoring in the tournament threads no longer exists.
Btw I don't mean to steal Snowwy's thunder
I too like playing v-bookie and would hate to see it die a slow death so it's great to see a lot of interested people willing to help