@Sparky Ah, yes, suggestions for helping achieve OP’s intention while also making sure he knows what he’s already changing is inherently wrong.
You’re arguing against the fundamental ideas of OP’s fanedit. 9 times out of 10, or probably more, you just disagree with the fanedit on a conceptual level. That’s fine. The fanedit is just not for you. OP understands what he’s changing fine. You often act like you have the supreme understanding of the ST, but you’re just one person with one particular subjective interpretation of these movies.
The best thing that could possibly happen (from your perspective) is you end up hijacking their creative project. In all likelihood, you’re just gonna end up arguing for the sake of arguing.
If you truly want to give suggestions for helping OP achieve their intention, give constructive criticism on the execution of their ideas. You often give destructive criticism of their creative purpose.
I’m probably contributing to the problem by feeding it and adding more off-topic comments to this post, though.
That’s the point! You guys defend the ST all the time. Why can’t I?
The edits I addressed remove some of the best things about TLJ, make them less meaningful, take away oomph and pointlessly add stuff that was cut out for a reason.
About half the time I see a new fanedit pop up on the forum, I read the changelog and think “What? That’s stupid. They’ve completely missed the point of the film.” - the trick is to then resist the urge to tell them that and set the world to rights. I admit occasionally I’ll write a paragraph on reddit or whatever to convey my ideas about something, but it doesn’t really matter; no one is going to massively change their opinions on a movie because someone on the internet told them their interpretation was wrong. I’ve long accepted that I’m more sympathetic to the sequels than 75% of the internet, and it seems to me like you’re probably more sympathetic to them than 99% of the internet. I imagine opinions will shift more positive in the next two decades, like they did with the prequels.
I suppose it’s possibly easier for me to say this because I don’t rely entirely on others to produce fanedits for me, so I know I can just crib ideas I like from other people for my own versions while not using those which don’t appeal to me, but I think it’s still probably best to just shake your head and move on when you see someone suggest something you think is daft. Most faneditors are looking primarily for feedback/advice/help with executing their ideas, and not so much to just be told that all the changes they want to make are invalid.