As the ex GSes, soon to be ex GSes and current GSes (actually not sure if we even have any at this point) elaborated their reasons for their low voting, I'll do the same, in hope that it might have a tiny tiny tiny effect on the state of the game or the future management of games here on Aeria.
First of all, GF isn't a new game anymore. The threads and talk about the game being at its dying stage has been going on for like two years, but the game still kept running, with a somewhat up and down active population. I would really like to thank the US GM team for all their hard work, they really did make the game enjoyable for all of us, and it's sad that we couldn't really fully appreciate their awesome work until we got stuck with the EU GM team.
I would have voted 1, but I really think some of the workers here at Aeria are great people, so 2 it is. The reasons for this vote:
EU's management of the GS team;
I find it funny they even put up GS applications today, as they refuse to take any feedback from the GSes. It's clear from the second you click on the GF forum that the community isn't satisfied with the new management. Most feedback from the community, feedback that is requested from the staff side, has minimal to no effect.
The GSes that are actually trying to forward this feedback, constructively, are flat out ignored. I suppose you're not obligated to hear opinions from your GS team, but when the EU team shows clear lack of knowledge, they really should consider opening their minds a bit to the players who are familiar with the game. Aeria, did you really hand over GF to EU, just to have it killed? Could have saved us the false hope.
EU's management of the economy;
As much as people like to think the removal of UGS is the cause of the messed up economy on GF, while it does play a role, I would like to point out that UGS was only kept running for a limited time. We didn't have UGS available for most part of the game, and never has the economy been as messed up as it has been the past weeks. Gold lost its value, and you're seemingly doing nothing at all to help the situation. The prevention of leech runs didn't help the players depending on dungeons for an in-come of gold either.
Then there's the out of the blue decision to make a fortification item AP exclusive. An item that could before be bought for about 300G, is now soooo hard to find, that I wouldn't be surprised if it would sell fast at 15k each.
What annoys me the most about this whole situation is that the team is acting like they're doing oh-so-well. Example; issues with the EXP boost, that has been manually added for months now. Claiming it's on, when it's obviously not. Really makes you question whether they know their own game mechanics or not. Seriously, this shouldn't even be a too hard process, learn how to do it, and don't go claiming it's working as intended when it's not, we're not stupid.
Settling into a new game can be challenging. Instead of saying "We got everything under control," while everything being done points at the opposite. Learn the game before taking over, or since it's too late for that now, learn the game once you took over. It's sad that so many qualified GSes stepped down, as you lost one of the best resources you had to learn the game and the community. RIP GF, it has been four lovely years playing this game.