+1 I personally don't think ANYTHING needed to be nerfed. Why not work on small QoL changes (peep my suggestion thread) instead of month long updates that piss off the playerbase. The whole reason people play NR is because of the differences to OSRS, if you're just gonna change all the items to match it we might as well be playing there. Stuff's supposed to hit hard on a private server, half the fun is banging out a 75 on some unsuspecting monster.
The solution to all this seems simple to me, POLL YOUR UPDATES. Let the players actually have an input on what we want to see. At the risk of sounding like some pre-eoc douchbag: WE PAY, WE SAY. Oh and when you post patch notes, list EVERYTHING that's been changed, not the same old vague "changed a few items".