Oh you coudn’t be further from the truth. There are all sorts of wrong things in your post. Consider this a cordial correction from my part.
It was a stillborn to begin with so in that regard is good that there is now “less clutter”.
"Spaceship only" can get you only “spaceships only people” if CCP really wanted EVE to grow, they need other people too. It took them seven years to kill the future of EVE.
That is just your opinion and not the truth (opinion, truth, different things).
More and better CQ would have enabled CCP to have more “peacock features” like furnitures for aurum, trohpies for aurum, corp bars for aurum and other BS things. More income means more profit, from which they could hire more people to do both more CQ and more Space. It is not that clear-cut as you put it here.
That was precisely the reason a LOT of people signed up for. Just not you. And now you think by extension because you signed up for a thing, that everyone else signed up for that thing as well.
Also that “homeless drunken fool” would be Hillmar… do you really want to call him that?
“And as long as there is a suitable canvas, the capsuleers will come” oh do tell me, how many true newbies do you see by the day, by the week, by the month? We’ve kind of literally scraped the bottom of the barrel for “spaceship only game” people. There are not a lot of people left who we could fall back to for new blood.
"That, besides the homeless drunken fool, is the only conclusion I could come to."
Again, Hillmar? I suggest you have a word with him and dare to call him that in person. See how that works out for you And do come back and tell us
Yes, you are.
And no, they are not mutually exclusive
WAT?! Heh, whatever mate, again, that is just your opinion.