Gonna share my two cents here, since this could probably go forward and backwards for a while without any compromise at the end. Obviously ETL is like a new product at market, where existing product (ET) is already decent by itself, so new project (ETL) is trying to succeed it and make it better for the future since game on its own is quite old already. Its like making a new model of a car, specially if its very prestigious, companies always listen to their loyal customers as to what should be improved and adjusted in new models so that both parties are satisfied at the end, customer with a better model of a car and companies with good sales ratio. Its just one example out of countless more where both parties needs to be satisfied. U cant simply put something on market and completely change one thing expecting customers to embrace your view of "improvement" and then hope everyone will use it and agree to it, sadly doesnt work like that.
I understand both parties here, all the public clans who are now at dilemma whether to use the new patch and get tons of hastle of new pk3's, remain on older patch or completly shut down ETL project (and we dont want that do we?), on the other side, i understand that you guys from ETL want to improve security for new players who might test it out and some of the points that were made in this topic are pretty reasonable as to why this has been done, tho sadly it simply doesnt work like that when u change something so drastically and expect everyone to nod their heads in agreement.
If u want to make ETL happen and make it popular or even in best case scenario, have it replace original ET in years to come, u definitely need to start working now and in a term of listening your customers by what they feel needs to be changed/improved. Each project, each bussniess has always been like that, supply and demand, listen to what your customer wants and make something close to it, so both parties can be happy. If u are just going to force something and completely shut down all negotiation i can assure you that your project will die without any hope of having it succeed, so why going down that path?
My proposal would be, bring every leader of big community such as ETc, FA, Team Muppet and any others who are supporting ETL and gather all the feedbacks, recommendations, proposals together, then discuss what can be done and cant be done, so at the end you provide us with a product that players will love to use as well as admins be happy to support, because at the very end there is no ETL without ET community behind it.
Its sad to see that reading this topic, all we get is pointless arguments and deaf ears instead of compromsing to create some kind of resolve for both sides and providing most sufficient version for everyone to be happy.
I know u want to make things better for ET and its players, but accepting all decisions without your users is never going to work, so for the sake for players and their love for this game, be as equal and discuss stuffs that can be beneficial to future and exsisting players together.