You see, sky, you denouncing players who want more quality applications as elitist and "refusing to help" sounds a lot like the leftwingers who denounce all people who are against Islamic immigration as racists in the way that both completely ignore the issues that both islamic immigrants and low tier applications bring, and negate valid points due to "muh racism" or "muh elitism"
We're not asking for "very challenging" applications that only the best can join. We're asking for when a player's definition of poweringaming is: "takeing force over another plaer", that they be sat down, and held back a bit.
Next, you say that a small biography doesn't equal a crap biography. This is completely true. You can often say a lot about a character in a few sentences. HOWEVER, that doesn't change the fact that, while short, the biographies shown in the applications are also crap. You decreased the ammount of lore references from 3 to 1. Why? It's little effort to go and read some more about our lore so you can add in an extra town, or historical event. As for "Bloody fluff"... Bloody fluff is what shapes characters to what they are. If you avoid adding any "Fluff" to the characters, the applications will be filled with soldier, hunter, rogue archetypes.
I'm also appalled by the "tryhards"-comment. Is it elitist to put effort into your roleplay, or your character's background? Sure, it's nice if the applications stay straight to the point, but I've noticed a lot of applications which are just a short collection of fluff.
As for unwillingness to help, you're clearly wrong. As soon as the applications are accepted, these players are often thrust out onto the big world of LOTC. They come in contact with conflict, break rules, and are occasionally unwilling to listen to veteran players trying to point out the broken rules. Then who's required to clean up the mess? GMs. GMs have to be summoned to point out the rules, and to repeat offenders, even dish out bans. Players like myself sit in help chat, willing to answer any questions a new player might have. I sit in WS, ready to answer questions that the souls might have to get their app accepted, and I see a lot of enthusiastic, intelligent souls who are very much willing to put effort into their application.
Now, before I go ahead and say that the AT doesn't help at all, I would like to point out a bright spot in it all. The new player village (or Bellamoor) is a good initiative to teach new players the ropes of roleplay. Massive shoutout to @MyLittleUnicorn and @MadYeAd. Disheartening to see a project like that lose official support from the AT, though
THAT is something the AT should be tied to too. Helping out new players as soon as they grace the server with their newly accepted apps. However, here I feel that the AT falls dreadfully short, often believing their work is done as soon as they have accepted the (in the community's eyes, often lacklustre) applications. You leave them as newborns on our doorstep, and we're supposed to take care of them
As for "I love it when people slam down teams without showing anything," We could link you individual applications here, but then we'd have you screaming about how it is horrible that we're putting members of the community on public display, as was the case when I last put forth an issue about this, using a specific application to point out all the flaws. I was called elitist back then, and you'll probably repeat it now. You're implying that roleplayers should not be held to a certain standard, which is definitly not true.
If anyone has to work on their attitude, it might be you, though, sky. Calling people elitist simply because they care about the server. Stating that if "It's not to make sure we get the best of the best, else to be damn honest, half of you would not be here by God." Surely, it isn't you coming across as elitist right now.
We don't want the best of the best. We just want the applications to return to being a form of quality check. Right now, if you've got the faintest idea of what the english language is like (Or if you just throw your biography into google translate. It's getting better and better at forming sentences.) you can get accepted.