Me too! I've been on and off the site for a long time, and no doubt RL takes its toll. Personly, I think the questions posted in the poll are maybe the wrong sort of questions. I understand what the Admins are trying to get at, I think, but a yes / no - this or that poll narrows the perspective too much. I'm not sure how I would go about getting feed back on this type of question. For example the CO/FOs and to a less exptent the DH's have a big influence on a ships, so do plots and GMs. If the Captain and FO are Good, the plot is good and the GM is good then its fantasic and encouraging to post and play. That's why I have keep coming back. May be a question to ask is what is the most important part of the games to encourage players and posting. CO - FO - DH -other players - Plot - GM - something else (Name)?
If I was asked about my experience over the years,
1. My first ship, Captian/FO were great, it was always encouraging to be part of, and that was a standard size ship i.e.all department with a nearly full complement of players - all deparments had at least 2 players if not three. (I meant Full complements = all department x 3=15 + CO/FO =17)
2. My Space Station experience was good for similar reasons as above and when that was destroyed in a site wide war we where transfered to a ship and the experience continued.
3. I was on a small ship, basicaly with one player per department, but again the CO/FO and the plots/GMs where excellent, which made it work.
4. I have been on a larger ships but I find that daunting with all the post to read etc and not as much contact with the Captian and FO.
Summing up. Personaly, If we ignor the Captain/FO/GM/ plot combiination then ship size means the number of players (not the actual size of the ship). I prefer medium and small ships ie medium say 2 player / department and NRC for the rest if needed, that's a full compliment of palyers at 10 + CO/FO = 12 . Small 1 player / department with NRCs for the rest when needed. That's a full compliment of palyers at 5 + CO/FO = 7
I hope this comment is helpful as we think through this vital discussion for the future of Fed Space.