Haha, the system isn't letting me edit my reply from the other thread, but just wanted to add yet again that I don't know why they can't fix this disconnect between the dev team and the community team.
If it weren't for the great team I'm on I definitely wouldn't be putting up with this. I play a few other games and while some of them have started similarly with poor interaction they all got better or were better from the start. SP doesn't seem to care.
That's probably the biggest positive change that SP could implement right now, no coding, just meeting invites, to get us timely, accurate information.
Edit: And thanks for keeping us updated. It is indeed a big change. I got much use out of Valgar's remove good effects and there are quite a few new monsters that have a similar skill.