Yes I’ve seen this before as well. I’m not convinced it’s really happening more than it did with private correspondence and forum posts. Like it or not the big spenders do have more votes than most of us.
I’m sure there is danger of amplification in an echo chamber.
I’m not convinced the purpose of this group is entirely what it’s represented as. And at least two people on that group are strong willed and objective (as much as you could expect) and there could be others.
I don’t see it as a negative even if no improvement happens as a result. But I hear you and agree that is what these groups usually do at some point.
The last game I played the big spenders all whined in a room about things only big spenders cared about and had a employee who was basically a glorified babysitter. There was power struggles and grudges. It was fun. People would sabotage the members of the group to
replace anyone not in line with popular opinions. Folks who were free to play were often timid and even if they weren’t quiet would usually realize it was a lost cause. I hope all of that doesn’t happen. But if it does that probably isnt seriously impacting the game so much as wasting people’s time.