I’m not saying that poll accurately portrays the viewpoint of Eve’s entire playerbase. For that to be ascertained CCP would have to poll every registered active account subscribed to Eve. However as for players who browse these forums it does give an indication of how a percentage of the forum community feels about the subject.
Personally I have no problem with CCP removing and updating content that players don’t engage with, provided of course that content actually had some sort of gameplay aspect to it in the first place. Despite all the technical reasons for it’s removal, the CQ never had any gameplay aspect included with it nor was it ever expanded on which is why players rarely ever used it. To say otherwise is just plain insulting.
I like to think that the player base would have gladly accepted it if CCP had said they needed to remove the existing CQ in order to update it so they could add viable gameplay content. Now I’m not talking about it being just Social Interaction and Role Play content. Players gave CCP ton’s of ideas for potential WiS game content in the old forums which I briefly mentioned here.
Every other content in this game, broken or unfinished, had from the very beginning some sort of interactive aspect which gave players some semblance of game play. I think the CQ never had any game play associated with it because it was quickly created specifically to facilitate the implementation of Microtransactions. Hell, if the CQ had allowed players the option to decorate interiors along with the ability for other players to view it (Video Phone, Conference Calling), that could have been the start for game play content.
I understand that having multiplayer WiS content would require a serious commitment from CCP, definitely a lot more than just assigning a small skeleton crew to prototype stuff and finish what was left over from the failed Incarna Expansion. As it is right now, removing the CQ gives the impression that CCP has killed their dream of turning Eve into a Virtual Reality Science Fiction Universe, that they’ve basically given up on Eve, are throwing in the towel and calling it quits.