Not at the polling booth. The experienced may seek to influence a result - however they weren't voted into a position of authority to be able to dictate to the player-base at large.Informed opinions based on hard-earned experience in the subject matter have more credence than ignorant opinions. If you wish, you can judge the worth of individuals for whatever reason, but it is a meaningless irrelevance.
If the experience of those who have an intimate knowledge was being used to propose improvements for all players then they'd likely be listened to with more care. That some of those players seek to remove access to existing content by restricting it to Open simply because they'd like it that way, not so much.
Not particularly relevant to a gaming example - you choose to be in a relationship, presumably for mutual benefit, and choose to place yourself in a supporting role from time to time. Unlike relegating players who don't want to engage in PvP to a supporting role simply because some players want to shoot at all opposition.When im supporting my partner when she's in need, do I feel lessened by it? No. im enhanced if anything. Its a meeting of equals. It's fair.
All modes affect the galaxy state - in that they are equal. That players who prefer PvP affect each other's progress in Open (and possibly in Private Groups as PvP is also possible in them) is down to their choice to play in a multi-player mode in a PvP-enabled game. Forcing players to play in Open if they want to participate in a game feature removes choice from those players who would not normally play in Open. Many players who prefer PvP have been keen to remove choice from other players for years - to no avail.When im flying top-cover for an explorer bringing valuable data back to buff our BGS, im supporting them. I'm the expendable one. It's the one carrying the valuable cargo of whatever sort which is the important one that matters, theyre the sole reason im there in the first place. Do I feel lessened by this? is it not fair? No, not in the least, Theyre both important roles & each value the other. The same would apply to the BGS work done in control systems. These players would be ensuring those hauling merits in Open would have to haul half the total required to fortify otherwise. This makes them a vital link in the chain. Hopefully you can well understand why saving 7 or 8 long trips in a fully-loaded cutter or t9, for every system to be fortified, is something to be highly valued & appreciated by every participant for a Power. Its not lesser, or unfair, it creates a fair balance between the modes so they all have a place. Unless you believe some modes are more equal than others, which is the sorry situation we have at present.
I understand that some players enjoy engaging in a feature in a manner where PvP is a necessary consideration - that is their choice. I also understand that we all bought a game where engaging in PvP is not required when engaging in any game feature (apart from CQC/Arena, of course).
Naming it in blunt terms does not make it a construct. Requiring to play among players who may engage one's ship in PvP to engage in a particular game feature, regardless of one's preference for PvP, is PvP-gating. Unless a PvP-flag is also being proposed?'PvP-gated' is your own construction, intended to be contentious, surely & which does not reflect a feature where those wishing to avoid PvP for whatever circumstantial reasons, succeed by escaping. PvP-gating suggests a requirement to fight directly and gain advancement only by winning at fighting. This is not what is being requested. OpenOnly calls for acting with consideration for the potential of PvP, and to act at a tactical and strategic level to mitigate, or maximise it, because PvP is undesirable in the hauling capacity. I wont say the 'haulage ROLE', because while I haul a lot of Powerplay & BGS cargo myself, & I know many other players in my power who haul, I dont know any who ONLY haul, and could be said to fit a 'haulage role'. They all fly combat & other roles too. Once you have your 10000 merits for the week secured, along with your 50million wage for rank5, youre better off doing activities to help others get theirs.