the VIP was just a way for the site to get donations. in return for donations, members were given an exclusive title (Gold member), along with it was access to the old blackbox forum, which contained uploads from other members. other than that, there is not much in the gold member area since a lot of the gold members are also not as active as before.
the slowdown in the site is because of the popularity of social media sites like facebook, instagram, twitter, etc. its not just espiya that has seen a drop, other sites as well. ganun na ang trend ngayon, its no longer forums, its more of instant messaging and instant shares. pag naghahanap ng sagot sa tanong, post na agad sa facebook, twiiter, etc. unlike before na magpost pa dito to ask for opinions. the interaction in social media is faster compared to forums but yun nga lang mas mahirap hanapin ang mga old interactions dun compared dito
but the site still has members, we still have contributions, we still have actvity, hindi nga lang katulad ng dati