So, it's taken me a few weeks to actually try out this new anti-grief update, but it took me less than five seconds to form an opinion on it. And it's not a favourable one. IMHO, this update backtracks on everything EMC has tried to make the wild over the last almost five years.When the LLO was started, we had a goal of fighting against the griefers, if they came, we'd just rebuild and move on. It didn't quite end up this way, but we never had a consistent issue. We were able to build roads together, railways together. Different people could contribute to different things. But now, we're going to have to bring players back from the dead to move a road or random sign here or there.I've never found griefing on EMC to be a major issue. Anything that happened was sorted out swiftly by staff and whilst inconvenient, was easily remedied. I can't do anything but think that this update was poorly thought out. All of this talk of empires and whatnot really had me thinking that EMC was aiming for the wild to be a place where you were free to go and build things, on your own or with others. But now, with this update, it's isolating players. You can only work with a set group of people, it can't be dynamic, everyone who contributes has to be known to you.This update protects us from a minority that rarely shows it's face in a more than mildly irritating fashion. The way I see it, any community outpost is now just a mess of protected blocks. They're basically useless as places of community construction now.I don't want to commentate too much, but I think EMC is (and has been for a long time) having an existential crisis of sorts. It doesn't know what it wants to be. It's bucking to the pressure of too many different subgroups, and disadvantaging others at the same time. I mean, dragon tombs and empires is what was originally promised all those years ago. Then a games server was added to the mix. Then the wastelands appeared, to change how people used the wild. Then this update came along and offered an opposing view on what we should be doing in the wild to any that was seen before. Just some food for thought.