Goddamn... it's been over 10 years now since I first played this game. Jesus...
I've stopped playing quite some time ago, but still check the forum now and again hoping to see some news on dev progress. C'mon, do it already!
Anyway, I'll probably dust of my POS DFP once VR and/or new physics kick in.
As for what happened over last years for me... uh, not Rally Pack, let me tell you that!
Visibility at night really depends on moon shine(if there's any moon at all, is it overcast and how much, and if it's foggy).
I play on 22.214.171.124. and beta 96061 ATM, had both "can't see shit 1 meter ahead" and "can snipe people perfectly 400-500+ meters ahead" nights, as I always did.
Brightness/gamma trick won't help much/at all if there's no moon out.
They update the cheat protection at whatever time they can if it doesn't require uncompatible patch.
Scawen stated somewhere in the latest reports (when they did update the cheat protection last time) that some parts he can't fix without uncompatible patch.
If that happened hotlappers would rage on here and so on.
Short answer: they do care, but sometimes it's not possible to please everyone.