I think the people who have been active on the forums the longest are the only ones that seem to understand and accept what is happening.
Everyone who constantly asks for NR to come back online doesn't appreciate what has happened to the game enough to let it go. This game has been great, yeah, but it was a product of someone's time that they had free. Nilly had some free time outside of work where he could work on this server. Now he does not have the time or the willingness to continue with his project, and none of you have the right to complain because this was never made for you. It was made as a small project mainly for friends of Nilly, and as it got larger he tried to account for that and help everyone out as much as possible.
But that doesnt mean he owes you anything at all. He did it out of his own good will and you should be thankful that he did it for as long as he did.
Do you see Pringle, Hailtion, Jack, Creep or anyone else like that constantly making posts begging for the game to come back online? No, of course not because they are respectful people and realise that this game has had its time. There is no point wasting time looking back at what was, when you could be changing what could be, is the quote on one of my great grandfather's gravestone. and it really does apply here. Stop looking at the past of NR and move on. Have it as an enjoyable memory, and keep some of the friends you made, but let it go and start anew somewhere else.