Even though I'm not happy it's gone, I find it amusing, because it reminds me of when Rimesume ******* so hard about karma that Illia just took away the ability to see karma scores at all.
Haha, I remember that too.
"WTF WHY AM I 3.07 WHO IS RATING ME DOWN?!?!"
Thing is, people still moan about it. It didn't make the problem go away...
Yeah, I remember that too. Of course, people still complain about it but only slightly less.
Of course the difference is that thing karma really affects is... nothing, compared to player population which affects... well, nothing too, I guess.
Still, I think hiding it is just another measure of "Ignore the problem and the problem doesn't exist" that started back when SE was telling THEIR OWN PEOPLE to ignore all the negative reviews. It wasn't until AFTER they broke down and came out and said "Hey, sorry we gave you a sh*tty game, have a couple free months and we want to regain your trust" that things started drastically improving.
It's just like cancer or hunger or rust or termites... even if it's a minor problem, the longer you ignore it, the worse it will get. You can either keep ignoring it and hope it will go away (and it won't) or you can address it before it spirals out of control.
Now ******** about low population just for the sake of ******** about low population doesn't accomplish anything. Low population doesn't actually directly affect an individual player in itself, but I can't help but feel that there's any POSITIVE benefit to removing it other than "Just to get people to stop complaining about it".
I'd say this patch was three steps forward, one step back. A bunch of improvements, and a few minor setbacks. Overall, still an improvement though. My fiancee and I are finally playing again, and you'll noticed my sig has moved from "Level 10, Rank 10 Pugilist" that it was on Friday.
EDIT: I'd bet my bottom dollar that if this patch and the next one actually DO increase the population, we'll see the ability to view players come back.
EDIT 2: Actually, come to think of it, won't it be back automatically when they add /sea? /sea all will accomplish the same thing. Edited, Nov 28th 2010 1:01pm by Mikhalia