1) Please lay off personalising your dissatisfaction at a balance patch by attempting to name and shame an individual from the Balance team. Mr Smith was a guy who put in a lot of man hours to try to make the game better for you. He did not do it on his own, and was always guided by Relic. When balance testers inform you that they are working under 'scope', they mean just that. i.e. there are constraints on what they are allowed to modify. Post #38 by Effen Newbie is a better way to proceed. You can make your points by playing the ball, not the man.
2) The idea that
It wouldn't have been so bad if he didn't have the entire moderation team of CoH2.org propping him up on the forums, but it basically came down to discussions being heavily moderated to fit Mr. Smiths balance agenda, giving him and Relic this false sense of justification for all the changes made to the game within the past year or so that he was involved in the balance team.is flat out wrong
Moderators will only intervene if personal attacks are being made. Robust polite debate is encouraged. But play the ball, not the man.
3) Mr Smith left staff bcs he had intensive RL commitments. AFAIK, he is not now really involved with the balance testing team.
4) I have written it before, but I will do so again. There is no intention to make a poster on the Balance forums produce their player card, if they choose to conceal it. You can draw whatever inference you like from someone who does not display their player card. Forcing production of a player card would simply reduce the level of debate to "My player card is better than yours".
Equally, it has been discussed on staff as to whether posters with a low post count should open threads - or even be prevented from posting - in the Balance forums; those proposals have also been rejected.
Nothing which I have written above is designed to discourage any of you from making valid criticisms about balance patches.
But please bear in mind, all of you, that if you want more maps, better maps, better designed factions, better balance etc that you are more likely to succeed if you proceed with some courtesy. Barking out dissatisfaction and ranting may be amusing to read to non-participants but it is not the way to win the war of ideas.
Advocacy is the technique of persuasion.
Back to the poor Britz and their Atlantic cousins...