I wrote this missive back in May but it is still pertinant today. https://forsakencove.blogspot.com/2017/05/all-code-is-guilty-until-proven-innocent.html
People need to understand that Kix simply cannot just open a preview server and allow everyone and their dog into it to test the revised FM targets.
When time is of the essence (and it IS
with this short window), Kix needs to gather feedback and information quickly from people that understand the importance of testing and what they actually should be testing. Having hundreds of players that don't understand what the testing involves, or are unwilling, or unable to think of stuff from all player levels does not help anyone. Participants have to be able to think outside of the box and be able to verify that a change over here does not affect something over there.
Testing is not just about taking in your fleet and seeing if it works, or tweaking your fleet until it works perfectly. It is about verifying functionality in a timely manner and understanding the changes and how they will affect ALL players of ALL levels. If there are issues you need to be able to articulate WHY something is an issue. "Its too much (^#@!$^!! damage" is not enough. A participant has to have the abilty to explain why
the damage is too high, or why some specific mechanic is not working. This is not an easy task.
I am not privy as to what criteria Kix uses for selecting testing participants but having been involved in user testing on multiple different applications in the past I can tell you it is not an easy process to decide who out of 50k users would be best to represent the community.....It is about selecting people that understand game mechanics and how to test properly. These are not skills that everyone has.
The last FM targets were released with no
testing and no
feedback from players. This time they are allowing select players to preview the targets and provide feedback. It is not as good as test targets on the current game map and you may not know (or even like) the people involved in testing, but it is better than nothing.