Please explain to me why there has to be some sort of leaderboard in order for mini-tournaments to be popular. I thought I went through this already when I took down the original leaderboard a while back, and I am not sure why some of you guys don't get it. There is nothing that's stopping people from actively participating in mini-tournaments now besides the lack of server traffic. If you really need a leaderboard to become interested in MT's, then you are completely missing the point. I was one of the most active people in this area back when they were still popular (which was a year and a half ago), and back then I considered the leaderboard to be almost an afterthought. The fun to be had is in the battles themselves!
Of course, that isn't to say that I don't agree that they can be a great way to bring server traffic back up. In fact, I really like the idea of scheduled tournaments. It certainly works for the Smogon University Server and even the TU server, for example.