For those wishing for a step down deranking process for inactives, or a "rank decay", I can assure you it was thought of and discussed while I was creating the derank apps, but we chose to go with a full derank. Being deranked for inactivity does not diminish their past achievements, nor does it mean they can't get their rank back when they return. I've been organiser twice in the clan and bronze star twice in the FC, only to take a break both times and return to the game fully deranked myself.
That being said, to -1 or remain neutral on the basis that you don't believe in a full derank seems like a double edged sword for someone like MsKiwi who has been bronze star in the FC before, but you all -1ed or remained neutral on her application for 3 bar because she didn't meet the HHT activity score requirement after taking a break to be with her newborn child.
Maybe this is something management needs to discuss further in terms of fully deranking inactives, and perhaps we should allow inactive ranks who have been deranked to re-apply for their previous rank after 2-4 weeks of being active again? We understand there's times people choose to take breaks from the game, as it gets extremely boring and difficult to play all day every day. And I personally have no issue with allowing a deranked active to re-apply for their old rank/one step below when they return - however, for the time being, we have decided on the complete derank of inactives.
Please see below for reasons we chose full derank for inactives and why I chose to +1 this application.