I couldn't have put it better than Kaidus. For the first time in years I've not had to take the early shift at work, rush home, skip food or shove something down my throat in order to play games. Friends who have been considering quitting the game or have recently given up have come back due to the amount of time they have and overall I find people are just enjoying the game more. I know that a large percentage of these people and even those who have been keen to play for the longest time will not keep going for half a year without the idea of structured competition. Cups will not keep people motivated, they never have worked that way and yet ETF2L have deluded themselves into thinking it's what keeps people active during seasons.
Honestly at this point it feels like an overwhelming amount of the community disagree with this and even if not directly malicious, the choice of the admins here is so neglectful to the point where it feels as though they would like a huge chunk of the playerbase move away and the competitive scene take a massive hit in terms of numbers and quality due to what I can only describe as stubbornness.
Also that second post doubling down on what seems a poorly considered decision is terrible. What community projects could possibly be so important and interesting that 6s players will be engaged for a full 6 months? A cup with new maps? A cup testing Scout-Med speed changes? A "promod" that hasn't been created yet?
The tl;dr of "We want to be able to test some things community members have been asking for" is nonsense. The community has the time for TF2 and want a new season, maybe not immediately but there's no way the majority would want to keep scrimming for the potential of cups and 2 day tourneys. Don't pretend this is for the people, you know it's not.
There's so much more I want to say but at this point, it seems like it's falling on deaf ears. I haven't considered my opinion, or the opinion of the community to matter to ETF2L admins for years and this is currently proving no different. The scene is going to suffer, potentially fatally or to an irreparable degree and the organisation that has a say in it, doesn't seem to care. I hope they prove me wrong.