Oh, i don't doubt it, and its why we have discussed in many threads on the topic how Sandro's other proposals (and probably more) is needed to get more people playing. My thoughts being, if they added those other features, then in my mind open only is not needed.Trust me when I say that the mechanics of PP have driven exponentially more people away from it than these so-called "elitists" (as amusing as it is to bandy that particular term around here! )
If they added PP missions, the ability for powers to rise and fall, more dynamics borders due to how the groups play, and other stuff, then i'm pretty sure that would get lots more people playing... and then slap open only on top, and bang, you shut out all those players who might otherwise enjoy PP.
I understand some people are frustrated they can't shoot people who are hauling as part of the gameplay if they choose to fly in other modes. But many of us enjoy working the BGS from whatever mode we choose, and if you are making the argument for PP to be open only, you might as well be making the same argument about the BGS and CGs.
I would like FD to make PP great, without making it open only, that is all. But the open only crowd keep telling me my opinion doesn't count because i don't play PP in its current poor form. Its a shame.