To all involved,
I've been an active BP player since 2011. I'm lv 119. Over the past two years, I have spent between $20 and $30 a month on the game as this was a great strategic mmo.
Over the past week, casual players have been taking my base whereas before only the best of the best could (because I've earned that right by spending years to gain the experience necessary to understand what was needed in this game to make a great base) but now that this effort means nothing - because some players were too lazy or incompetent to simply count, I'm likely putting in my resignation letter and taking my money elsewhere.
I think I can speak for many when I say, I didn't spend years learning the game just so new players who are not inclined to learn can perform just as well as those who are.
Instead of listening to the player base, the Devs chose to throw the strategic element of the game (the very reason why this little Flash-based game has persisted and grown over the years) right out the window; ultimately putting the final nail in the Battle Pirates coffin. We went from 12,000 people participating in raids a year ago to 2500. Now, with this asinine turret nerf, this game has become Mafia Wars where a player with a pick-up and an uzi can and will take the base of another player who's defended by 32 armored SUVs equipped with mini-guns and rpgs.
All power is a side-effect of research.