I am not going to keep reposting the quotes because it messes up the thread but here are some answers.
This is a report on the realm closures in 2008 when Russian servers opened, it has been discussed earlier in the thread but I shall repost here for your benefit...
European CM Vaneras made an interesting announcement just the other day: Four EU realms will be closing entirely with Patch 3.0. The EU realms Molten Core, Shadowmoon, Stonemaul, and Warsong will be closing up shop, and free character transfers will be offered to other, currently unannounced EU realms. The destination options will be announced within the next week.
Don't worry, though. These realm closures have nothing to do with any dips in WoW's popularity. It's actually due to the launch of WoW's Russian localization. A vast majority of the players on those particular realms were Russian players, and they migrated to the new Russian servers when they opened up, leaving most everyone else high and dry. The equipment these four servers run off of will likely just be used elsewhere, since Vaneras stated they'll be prepped for Wrath of the Lich King's launch after being taken down. Most likely they'll need to launch a few more realms when Wrath rolls around, but it was just far easier to fold these four into larger communities at this point.
I bolded some important parts.
Blizzard have done it before, they can do it again. As regards naming issues well there are currently sixty one low opulation servers, lets let that sink in for a moment Danellos...
Sixty one low pop servers
This isn't an isolated or small scale problem, it is huge. You could close 30 of those servers and open FCM to the other 30, that really ought to give people a lot of choice to avoid the naming situation.
As regards you being tired of the argument about investors watching realm management etc I agree, they don't pay the slightest attention to internal working like this. However they do pay attention to market analysts, and market analysts pay attention to the media, and the media would be all over the closure of so many realms. So yes, ultimately inverstors would get scared. Put that in the context of Vivendi (Blizzard parent) using Activision Blizzard stocks as securities against loans to support their business expansion and you can soon see why they wouldn't want investors getting twitchy.
You may be disheartened by our scepticism regarding your concerns, but try being disheartened by a low population and degraded gameplay experience since the start of TBC, because that is what many people have faced. Four years Danellos, and the people here that you are sniping at are not whiners, rather they are very loyal customers who have put up with this problem for a very long time and frankly deserve much better repayment for their continued financial support of the game and their loyalty.