There's two camps:
1. Evil bad guys. These elitist jerks hate innocent casuals who only want to have fun and constantly try to exclude them
2. Good guys. They have really nice abs and only want to help nurture growth and super healthy communication with valve. If they had their way Valve would be best friends with us. (I'm in this camp btw)
Meanwhile over here in reality, the results promised from your changes have yet to be seen. Not only are player and viewer numbers declining just like before, communication with valve has gone nowhere and they've proven themselves nothing short of incompetent. Updates are riddled with slapdash balancing, undocumented/accidental changes and broken core mechanics. All of which take weeks(months?) to fix, if we're lucky enough to have them fixed at all.
I don't care how hopeful you say the outlook is, how difficult Valve's situation is or if they're just trying their best - as long as the result we get continues to be a half-assed steaming pile of shit served on a silver plate.
But it's all okay now, Mr. Slin has rolled in with the damage control sedative.
I'm sure that essay of yours had enough empty buzzwords of promised hope and inspiration to keep everyone believing its for their own good until the next update rolls in.
Good guys win?