I absolutely respect what you're trying to do. I just don't believe that it's the right way to do it.
You're trying to work with the devs in the hope that you can get them to change ENOUGH that it'll keep the game afloat.
The problem I have is that there is no "enough" that I can see as being enough, without MAJOR changes from the current formula. Given the poll responses I've gotten so far, it looks like the majority of the playerbase agrees with me.
You had 23 people work together on this petition. That means that over a week and a half, you've only gained 14 new signatures. My poll only took 4 days to get 50 responses, 45 of which are going against what this petition is offering.
It would be entirely reasonable for someone to conclude that there are over 300 people who would have supported a counter-petition that demands the removal of maintenance. I don't honestly think that would be accurate, but there are numbers which can be used to make such a case.
I only made my poll 4 days ago. I didn't pre-plan it and ask others to sign, I just posted it in here. In a full week less than your poll took to earn 14 signatures, I got over 50 votes on that poll.
You say it takes courage to sign a petition. And you're right - for the first couple of signatures. It took a lot for me to speak out AGAINST a petition that already had 3 pages of people supporting it when I joined the conversation. I can only imagine how many people felt pressured to either keep quiet, or to sign because this was the only thing that seemed like a serious push for change.
There isn't pressure in ANY direction with an unbiased poll where your vote can remain anonymous. You don't get forced by peer pressure into supporting a cause which isn't actually what you want. You can freely share your opinion, whatever it might be. In those first 50 responses, there were 5 votes - only 10% - who actually seem to think progression 2.0 is right for the game.
Like I said before, you COULD argue that your 37 votes here would be representative of all those people actually being in favour of progression 2.0 and extrapolate that they're in the 10% my poll shows. That would suggest that there are over 300 people looking at the forums who made an active decision to NOT sign. I think it's more reasonable to assume that of the 37 votes, the first 23 were pressured by their involvement in the creation of the petition, and the remaining 14 were pressured by the one-sided nature of a petition, and by the signatures it already had. My poll results give me confidence that there are a lot of people who would have been HAPPIER signing a petition which asked for more meaningful changes. I don't believe it would pick up hundreds, but I'd be surprised if it didn't have more than double the support you've managed to gather with this petition.