You keep saying Open isn't made irrelevant by Private/Solo coexistence.You didn't quote anyone, but presume you are talking to me?
Ok, that's fine, you're not a PvPer. I suspected you were, but i know there are some PPers who are in favour of open only who are happy hauling. That's cool.
I disagree on the topic of PG/solo making Open irrelevant. (by the way, having a different opinion to someone != wrong). Everyone is free to fly in the mode they prefer, and if you listen to some of the vocal powerplayer "leaders" all their people are flying in open already. Can't be that irrelevant.
As for quoting, it just helps break things up and address each point directly, but ok, i can reply in bulk
Now, onto your last sentence, how about this. Leave the BGS to the PG/solo players, you can have powerplay. Deal? No? Whyever not? Ok, how about Mining? Can we have mining? Erm.. Community Goals (if they make a return)? Can we get a trade on this?
Ok, here's a deal, maybe you'll like it (and let's pretend for the moment we have some power over this - lol). PP can go open only, BUT, if powerplay is open only it should have zero presence or impact on PG/solo.
By this i mean:
1) No powerplay ships appear in PG/solo (its always annoying when bounty hunting and half the spaws are PP NPCs).
2) The powerplay galactic map does not appear in PG/solo.
3) Powerplay becomes completely disconnected from the BGS. By this i mean the favourable governments part of PP is removed. If PG/solo players can't do PP, then there is no reason PPers should be flipping their systems to make them favourable to them.
4) Power effects on systems are removed. No blackmarkets opening and closing due to the presence of Archon. No discounts in Li Yong's systems. etc.
5) No PP modules in PG/solo, even for those who have the ranks.
Here is a typical situation that happened to us (and many other Powers), during expansions.
As I said before we always play in Open, all the time, and we have players in PC and consoles too. The current Yuri Grom expansion (Frey) has already astonishing numbers, and it will be higher at the end of the cycle, because people are grinding the conflict zones like crazy. Of course there's nobody in the Conflict Zones.
Meanwhile they have some PvPers which are patroling the system, which would be legit... in an Open Only environment of course.
In this way Open Play is in fact made irrelevant but the coexistence of Open/Pruivate/Solo, because the Open Play actions can be slowed down, while Private and Solo cannot.
And that is not an opinion: it is a fact. Open Play is indeed sadly irrelevant, proof is that many Powers have even official Private Groups.
For the other points you stated I totally agree with you. I even proposed to give Powerplay a completely different game mode, with even special rules (for example, a prolonged logoff time to prevent combat logging), I'd only keep some limited effects (like the ones to security, or a little boost for factions of the same Superpower, or special things like black markets being closed/opened, etc) just to spice things up a little and make people more interested to Powerplay, same goes for prices of certain commodities etc.
BGS will of course stay multi-mode, let's speak about it as a "entry level" experience, not an hardcore one. That would be Powerplay. I think everybody wins, this way.
PS I'm not a "master escaper", in particular during the Community Goal in Harma I had escort. You know, PvPers can protect people too, if they've got something to fight for.