"Large Majority of American players."
... Zam polling says otherwise. When will people learn to just speak for themselves?
Hyrist you are very intelligent I can assess that by logical, thought provoking comments you generally make.... I made the comment based on the common sentiment I've seen on the forums I frequent, true... it's not scientific, but do you honestly believe the "Zam" poll above proves anything, beyond how to make a crappy poll?
First, the description leads you into picking a certain answer, by suggesting that the Japanese feel a particular way (which they don't... it's classic misinterpretation of another horribly made poll.) Two of the options describe descent against the Egi in it's current form and one of them favors it. No matter what happens in the results it will look like more people are for the Egi because the other options which think there needs to be some reworking are being deluded...
Anyways, you're right my comment was as presumptuous as the poll.
I take protest to the idea of 'common sentiment' the problem with this, as is with any forum, is that it can only represent the most vocal minority. Polling, however, is more anonymous and often can be done without coming under persecution, which, from my perspective, eases the availability to state opinion or share one's thoughts on the matter.
So while we can have what seems to be a large number of people decrying something, the larger number of people who are ok with it usually don't speak up.
This fails to be acknowledged when we seek confirmation bias - because we want to be 'right' as much as possible. This is where I get annoyed. We're too afraid as individuals to simply be wrong, or to simply stand on our own two feet in an argument these days, that we have to find some outside form of validation.
As far as the matter of whether or not the summoner's Egi's needs an adjustment? I feel apathetic on the issue. I am fine as they are, and my interest in Arcanist/Summoner has not changed. There should be no need for insulting or trying to assemble an intimidation crowd to bring what is effectively a personal aesthetic request.
I can understand the reasoning on SE's end for the down-scaling. I can understand the reasoning on the player's end for wanting them larger. My personal views on the matter is that I'm indifferent. I'm fine with the way they are, but I admonish the level of animosity and mob-forming being presented concerning them. This is not a matter to be outraged upon, in my opinion. The actual power of the class isn't being put into question, just the appearance of which. It does not feel like a consequential debate, but one of tastes.
It's like asking them to redesign Ifrit's spear because it's ugly.