Testers have no power to change anything directly. We can object and point out what we think is wrong with a specific change, however the goal of testing is to make sure it works as expected by rules we do not make. We are not making decisions and we are unable to delay or stop the release.
To be specific about New Horizons 2.0: We did warn that the change will not make players happy and suggested at least to wait for planned mission changes. The matter of mission adjustment was not known to the Testing team by that time. The answer was it will be release separately, with mission changes following shortly after JY 2603 patch.
I am not sure who you should rather address your text, maybe Level Design team?
Thank you for giving your feedback to wait on planned mission changes.
I aimed my feedback at the decision makers who chose to (apparently) disregard smart feedback from testers. In this case I owe some apology to testers ;)
I understand testers are bound by NDA, they cannot/should not share these things before the release.
My contention was aimed, squarely, at the people who are not sharing the information transparently, and pushing skewed patch notes (not the testers)
Testing is not enough, transparency is key. Hiding information is in bad faith. Not soliciting enough open feedback is a poor decision. So is waiting on the backlash.