Alright, I've finally caught up with the thread...! What a roller coaster. Before going futher, I'd like to say this is my opinion as a player with GM knowledge. I see some points being addressed, which is good, but it's also "just words and no action". There hasn't been any concrete resolution to the issues brought up. Here are the major points I've noticed so far:
@spam should be enabled inside MH. It was argued at first that it should be enabled inside MH once it had been tested well enough in WoE, but never made it through. As it's been mentioned numerous times now, not enabling it makes it even less fair to players. It would be nice to hear if you guys would enable it or not.
More Shadow Gears should be released. I'm personally not too familiar with all the shadow sets and their bonuses. However after reading this thread, it has been made clear that players want more to be released and currently feel they'll never see the ones they want. Some of them can actually take years before arriving. I'm aware that all of the shadow sets will come sooner or later, but our players are right, we did promise them that shadow gears would come with MH2 and that promise wasn't entirely kept.
As such, I would suggest releasing at the very least more of them with the current MH2 monsters. I believe the penetration and tempest sets are the biggest concern (?), and releasing those with the current monsters would greatly improve people's trust with MH2. It would be be a sign of good faith from our end.
The nerfs of MH2. This one I must say... wasn't handled very well and has plenty of room for improvement. This is the third time we've been down this road and as someone who doesn't want to get involved with MH2 in general, I can assure you it has had a negative impact well outside of MH2 (and I most certainly did not want to have to handle some of these concerns).
A suggestion that came up often was releasing the changes ahead of time. I'd actually be all for that, although I would of course only show the changes that are up for concerns, such as class nerfs. It is a tedious process, but in the state we're in right now, I do feel it is required to get players' inputs before applying such changes. At the very least, this should be done for a while from now on.
Another suggestion was giving veto power to some people. I know one or two people who I would trust with this "power". They would be able to formulate an opinion to explain their reasoning, and they've also been shown to usually be right with their concerns in the past. These people are also much more familiar with the classes than I am and are able to provide a better opinion than I ever would. Usually, some of these changes are known... on the maintenance day itself and there is not a lot of time to argue about it. As such, I would personally be much more comfortable if the veto power was used there instead; they would be able to say "No, this change is not going in, not without us discussing it first anyway, and that's that.". Then it can be discussed at better lengths later. I've seen this scenario happen a couple times already. Now perhaps it was only on me because I didn't keep up with the MH changes, but I still strongly believe some changes could have used more discussion. I'm also aware it's not really fair to let two people do all the MH2 planning/work and then another person comes in, say "no" abruptly and nullify an entire week spent on coming up with that proposed solution. Though I don't see a better alternative on this one.
These two suggestions don't resolve the GX issue we still have, but that's a start. I fear players are scared to build up a class to just end up getting nerfed in the end. This is not a situation we want to be in. As this is the third time this has happened, I'd like to make sure it never happens again, ever. We cannot have the same issues repeated over and over without anything being done about it. This is a recipe for disaster.
There are other points, but these are the big ones so far.
What next? As for now, what we're missing are actual feedbacks. Here's what I would suggest in that regard:
"We've gathered your opinions and will start going through them now. We'll give you an update on our plan of attack to resolve those issues and improve the situation. The thread will be locked for a day or two, after which we'll update you on what we plan on doing on some of the points that were brought up. After which, the thread will be unlocked once more and we'll continue the discussion."