Article 1: If you look at the punishments you clearly see that the punishment is less harsher as time goes on: Perma-ban -> (partial) stat wipe -> three strikes, you're out
Oh wait, you can buy your account back. Yeah, that works
Edit: I agree partially with lazerus. Perhaps Jagex should make semi-bots. In return for semi-bots for afk-able tasks they could program the dangerous randoms (forced x-round fight with the Evil Chicken, Rock Golem etc. without drops) in the semi-bots as a trade-off.
Article 2/3: I agree with both writers actually. On one side I believe RS will be able to continue another ten years, but on the other hand RS needs a big overhaul, something huge that will reïgnite the fires. There have been rumours about the "Eastern Lands" for years now, and there has been an Oriental/Eastern styled NPC on the docks of Port Phasmatys for years. More recently, the Ornate Katana and the Oriental clothing have entered the game. Perhaps the Eastern Lands are drawing closer?
But I digress. All the capes you can collect are short-term solutions. Jagex needs to come with something big. And a whole new continent might just be it.