Thanks for your response. You might be right. But I have been a developer and tech leader for the last 16 years. I think the “screw it” response is the easy way out. You can still remove the feature and replace it with something more straight forward and works better for all of us. But they aren’t doing that.
I completely understand that there may be decisions made about a product that will make some users unhappy. I have had to make those decisions myself. Maybe I am one of the unhappy users and I don’t see the whole picture. If I am and they have something awesome coming up for publications then that is awesome. But if that is true, why haven’t they responded and told at least a little bit about it?
You might also be right about them not consciously trying to squeeze out independent publications. But it is happening with the decisions they are making regardless. I want to bring that to their attention and hopefully effect change.