I understand in that aspect why you did it, but I think you need to appeal to ALL the community rather than just that side of the community, there is a large amount of the community that does not trade in clay simply because they do not have enough clay to do so. I see people trading in clay simply because items are worth so much more than capped gold is, so clay ends up being the best option for the large AP spenders who have hundreds of clay to spend and trade. The "Appeal to reason" Was the wrong approach because you make it seem like the community is unreasonable, so you are trying to appeal to any reason that there is, to try to get people to see your side and only your side rather than trying to approach a conversation to discuss ways the community can suggest to help this issue. Show your data and the issues that is happening, show when this has happened and what you think has caused the issues, ask the community what they think could be a good idea to solve this, say you have some ideas yourself but since honestly its a big thing. It impacts the community a lot and any changes of course is going to impact their game play and what they do in the game, It should be our choice as well if you are trying to reach out to us to give us what you think needs to be done. It doesn't give much room for a lot of people to actually warrant wanting to state what they think is the best way to move forward with the issue. Your only comment against what i said seems to be in defence to my comment about your AP comparison, you did not seem to take anything else into account that was said about things that need to be changed and ways to do it even if i didn't state too many ways i think that could be done since i had wrote so much already.
You still seem to be appealing too much towards the economy that is based around AP spenders, more specifically long running AP spenders who know a lot more about the clay economy than others and want to make the most out of the clay they buy with their money. I know many AP spenders who have many characters with multiple alts with capped gold that they have no use for until something new comes along or a new character they have so they can simply spend that, then sell more clay or items to get that gold back again easily. AP spenders make up a large portion of the community, they set the pace for the rest of the player base in PVP, GVG and so on with their gear and items, forts, stones and so on. But because of this reason a lot of people tend to forget the rest of the player base in the game, they forget about the new players, they forget about long running non AP spenders who are trying to make their way through the game and enjoy it, to enjoy PVP and GVG without getting one shot by a fully kitted our character. More specifically by the Mech and Explorer classes but that is a whole different story right there.
I understand why you wanted to respond when you did, but you did not take the time to at least respond to everything that was said, rather than just the AP part. That wasn't the key focus to my post and you seem to have skipped over over 70% of my post, i'd appreciate it, if you want to comment on my post then please take the time to comment to it rather than only comment to what you want to defend against.