No, they required actual player data to consider stuff.
The changes were already on Singularity for testing, but CCP has mentioned multiple times now that they don’t get enough data from players there.
Checking on EVE Offline, Singularity seems to have a daily average of 100 players, which is minuscle compared to the 20k average of Tranquility.
Pushing the update to Tranquility even after the backlash of the original thread might have been simply to collect more constructive data, and see if this change would suffice to address what they wanted to address.
It’s good to see that the DEVs actually want to make a more definite system instead of simply putting on another bandaid on the game and call it done before moving on to the next thing, but I hope this new system actually works on release.
At least I was still able to use my drones for the past few days. Still curious to see what they come up with.