I tend to agree, and I've said before (and I've been guilty of it myself) that people shouldn't argue with anybody in a feedback thread. The purpose of the thread is for players to express their opinions and not for the rest of us to convince them they're wrong.If you're not a leader, is it going to affect you? Do you have to worry about it? If you feel like these additions WOULD affect you, perhaps there's a possibility that you quietly acknowledge that there's a problem with the way you're currently doing things?
We can be rough on proposals, yes. Because many of them are from new-ish players who don't fully grasp the game yet and/or they are short-sighted solutions to a handful of players' shortcomings and/or they're just silly; and much of the time the snark is started by the OP of a proposal thread when somebody dares to disagree with them. We long-timers have seen many of these suggested changes come through here several times by now and that can be frustrating.Just bothers me to think how many don't voice their concerns because every idea presented gets tore up if it doesn't align with view of the world from a specific few.
As I said, it's my opinion that debate should be rare in a feedback thread, but I don't think anybody should apologize for it in the Proposals section. To many of us, the issue with allowing guild leaders the sole power to dictate GBG undercuts its very purpose, which is accessibility to everyone and the ability to play it when they are able. That's why the arguments against it are so vociferous.
To to answer your question, qaccy: yes, even though we aren't guild leaders this proposal does affect us, greatly. With tight controls guild leaders would shut us out of rewards and participation. I think it would hasten the demise of GBG; if players can't participate when and how they are able, they're likely to forego it completely.
I realize this is an argument of sorts in a feedback thread, but I though it important to address your point about the attitude around here lately.