I too agree with the previous posts in this thread. During the Aplhas our play time was sometimes 9 months. Now so much has being added , which is great but we can't do half of it. So in the past we had more time to finish and accomplish less.
Like many others I feel rushed to try to accomplish something. Like many others I have donated and spend many hours in the game just to be frustrated when that 100 day mark shows up. Like many others, I feel it makes no sense to continue to spend money and get so little in return.
In a community the majority of the people do not post their opinions, that's just a fact. Those that do are many times voicing for their themselves and friends. So even thou it might seem like only a hand full of players are discontent, the reality is that the majority feel the same way.
I have seen many good players leave the game ( for many reasons), but less are returning. Most of the conversations I hear are about people getting bored, frustrated and looking for entertainment and distraction else where.
Every industry, corporation, business, etc, makes polls to search for their consumers interest in order to improve their business. They listen to their clients and make changes that will enhance their experience to keep those clients happy and in return keep growing. Sadly in here the "clients" opinions are freely voiced but fall on the deaf ears. It would be a shame if this game dies before it makes it just because of the time factor. Yes, it is your game and you make of it what ever you want, and what ever rules appeal to you, but is the players that will make it a success or not. If the players continue to be unhappy, feel unappreciated and continue to leave, at the end you will have a great game with no one to enjoy it.