Regarding the new FM format. Kixeye should revert back to the black water days of game play. It might of not been perfect but people where always on and playing. Sectors where active, comms was scrolling faster than people could read what was typed. Coining was optional not like now where it is required to some extent to progress in game.
All I am saying is this, get back to basics. Fix the glitches, stop the hackers, re-evaluate build and repair times to acceptable levels, slow down the rate of power creep or leaping at this rate. An the most important thing of all listen to the player base. Not the ones who spend $1000+ every month. But the ones who might not spend as much as the whales but if the gaming experience and the value of the game is better, then yes they would be willing to shell out more coins.
As of right now Kixeye is trying to gouge the players into coining more with no value or gaming experience for the average non whale player, and it is doing the opposite effect forcing long time players and the newer players to leave in mass.
This is not a whine or a Kixeye bashing post but a honest observation from a long time player.