there wont be any free weapons given away for anyone. game as it is on classic was not made to be easy. achievement system already provides to the player more then they need to level up fast enough for a classic version of the game. for love of god its a 3 day job to get to lvl 40 even without bosses. dont rush it, it was not meant to be that way.
shop is updated whenever we see fit and it will not include hats or cloaks from events due to the fact as mentioned before lot of times this are made to be unique and reward players who played during the event. i bet those people who have a santa hat that says "holiday season of 2015" are very proud of it while if this hat would be on the shop it would be just one more hat.
buff scrolls are still around and might still be around on next events so the opinion this is obsolete makes no sense. Moreover the pk decrease scrolls from shop if i am not mistaken have a lower reuse then the normal scrolls. so if people prefer to put money instead of time they do it.
about the offline ticket, the free offline shop was a sort of event for limited time that we ended up leaving on due to players request, this does not mean on the future it wont be back to the needing item again except on market place.
players who make the parties are free to pick who they want to invite, this is not server's fault or problem, otherwise next step in 2 months players making parties to toi will only invite people with A grade weapons so we should give to everyone a A grade weapon by the same logic.
stop trying to make the end game reachable in 1 month, this is not the server either the chronicle for it unless you are lvling a alt char with top gear and high level buffs.
further in, the shop is there and nothing forces you to use it or buy anything from there, player who want buy it, players who dont, dont buy it, if i dont want to buy bread i dont enter the bread shop unless its raining a lot outside and its the only place around for cover.
work speed on the server as nothing to do with money or motivation it has to do with what is humanly possible for us to achieve in certain amount of time. and hiring extra people for team is not a matter of money but a matter of trust. we trust what we have now, we keep what we have now.
if theres something that should be done to help newcomers and a big chance it will be done is remove prices for teleports until lvl 40 or so, this way leaving newbies with more money to purchase there stuff while allowing the newbies before them to sell their old stuff and improve not only the progress of just arrived newbies but the generation of newbies before them.