Please, please don't be offended as I know it's not my place to critique but as a newbie to your site, I honestly think it's almost overwhelming.
I am assuming that you're talking about the Core and I can see how it can appear that way at first glance (or even 2nd and 3rd). I'm just a member there but I'll be sure to pass along your comments to the management there. The intent is that unregistered folks can read all the public forums but not post. Registered folks are free (and encouraged) to post to any public forum. I know that for example in the Metaverse forum that most of the posts are from Metaverse Council (MVC) members and the general public might look at that and be inhibited from contributing. That is not the case. We do want input from all about anything that interests them. Why we have the bulk of our discussions there versus here is mainly because most of what’s been discussed have been mundane issues about how MVC business is conducted. Most of this is extremely boring. I would encourage everyone to not be put off by what can admittedly be confusing. The Core has been around for quite sometime but has recently been going through a tremendous growth spurt. All I can say is that it’s worth the time it takes to poke around a bit and figure out what’s going on, and please don’t be shy, feel free to chime in on any topic that interests you.
The MVC is currently working on three major tasks that should be of interest to the average metaverse player. Again we’re keeping the preliminary discussions at the Core simply so that we can come to agreement about what it is that we’re recommending. However, anything of significance will be thoroughly discussed here before implementation. I don’t really want to steal the thunder of more “official” announcements to come about these issues, but to quickly summarize we’re coming up with a plan to institute brackets in the AltMeta so that people can compete more fairly with people that play similar type games. We’re also conducting an email outreach program to make contact with metaverse players that have become isolated from other players, in some cases even players within the same empire. We’re also working on a Metaverse Blog that will be the “official” mechanism for the MVC to make announcements and for folks to get a summary of what’s going on in the MVC without having to wade through twenty mostly boring threads. Actually this Metaverse Blog will not be limited to just MVC related concerns but will address all things metaverse as well as GalCiv2 topics not even related to the Metaverse.
I do appreciate your input particularly when it's so obviously intended to be constructive. For now we’re staying away from trying to make any changes to the “official” metaverse for a couple of reasons. Although Stardock has often demonstrated the willingness to consider player requested changes, it’s not something that you can depend on. Even if they decide to implement some player requested change, the timeframe and details of the change are not something that there’s much player control over. Finally, you do need to realize that such requests are effectively asking Stardock to spend time and resources for free, that’s not really a fair thing to ask of them.
Our point of making changes to the AltMeta is that, as a player sponsored site, it’s something that we *can* change ourselves. Also, if we can implement the things we want *and* it’s apparent that these changes are something that the general GalCiv2 community appreciate, then we feel Stardock is far more likely to consider their implementation. Finally, the Metaverse Council (MVC) as an entity has yet to actually accomplish anything, why should Stardock consider the suggestions of a random group of a few players. If the Metaverse Council (MVC) is successful in demonstrating that it can accomplish something positive *and* speak for a wide range of players, then again, Stardock is far more likely to consider our requests. In any case we feel that it’s in everyone’s best interest to wait until the MVC has “proven” themselves before trying to suggest changes to the “official” metaverse.