Well at least there is an election process. You can always work your way into being an elected delegate and get things changed. Not all organizations have any semblance of a democratic representation among the decision makers.
National bodies are inevitably unable to satisfy everyone - there are too many diverse opinions. AR however desperately needs them.
So what if IOTA really is a bigger part of AR activity? So what if the RSGB is promoting it? It has given SOTA a pretty fair run this year IIRC.
In VK if you were to measure over a year I’m pretty sure that rag chewing, chasing dx, calling in on nets, WWFF, SOTA, involve more QSO’s and more calls than contests which is the other big activity.
As a metric of activity the product of participating callsigns and QSO’s might be a good start.
Cn = NCa*NQso.
Popularity could be obtained by Po = Cn/TCa where TCa = total active callsigns.