No, it's a fact. One that is backed up by many players, and one the devs seem to agree with since they listened to the community.
You clearly don't know the difference between a fact and opinion. Just because you agree with an opinion does not magically transform it into a fact. A fact is not something that requires the "backing" of anyone and if it did it would require the backing of all players not "many" player. If not all players "backed this up" then it is clearly an opinion not a fact.
OK, so lets assume you were on trinity, vanilla, or one of the exapnsions. You didn't even have phase jumping starbases since they were introduced in rebellion.
Not at all relevant to the point you have clearly missed.
Yes, absolutely it's a factor. The game is complicated, and there's a lot to understand. If you haven't spent much time experiencing the gameplay you're going to have a hard time understanding why things are the way they are from a balance perspective.
Again...totally missing the point.
That isn't an issue with ironclad or stardock, it's an issue with steam. If you don't want steam to send updates automatically, turn automatic updates off.
And here is the point that I have been saying all along....there is no notification when you install the game that automatic updates are in fact turned on in the first place.
The irony is you accuse me of trolling.
hmmm lets see...you came into MY thread and clearly want to argue back and forth (apparently for the rest of our lives) about why changes were made to a game and how stupid I apparently am for not agreeing with you when I don't care if the changes where made or not. I simply would have like the simple option of whether to allow/accept the update or continue to play my single player game without changes that were made for other peoples preferred gameplay. This would have made everyone happy. You would have gotten the changes you clearly feel were "badly needed" and could play the game the way you want to play. And I could have kept the game I downloaded and was enjoying. Your gameplay would not have affected my gameplay in any way, shape or form and my gameplay would not have affected your game play in any way shape or form.