I just wanted to say that you are awesome. Yes, passions are flaring right now, but it not directed toward you. We are all just passionate about Google+. And when we see it being Facebookified, we get upset.
Yes, I know it is not exactly
the same implementation. But I personally, hate any filtering of my incoming stream. If there are spam posts, I will report it. If there are jerks, I will block them. I am a big boy and can curate my own stream.
Likewise, I do not like anything being added to my stream that I did not opt-in for. I circle who I want. If someone I circle feels something is important enough to share, I want to see it. If they did not bother to share it, then it was not interesting enough to see. This is called "frictionless sharing". Facebook.
Also, this is doubly frustrating because of how the feature that we had and loved was taken away, the old Incoming Stream. There is still a Page dedicated to that. We had it. It worked great. It was removed and replaced with "What's Hot". Facebook.
The volume slider was replaced with a more/less, not all or zero. These mushy settings values pretty much mean "relevancy algorithm". Facebook.
These are al moves the take away the freedom that we fell in love with during the field test and beta. Now we are seeing less and less control, and more and more forced injection of the unwanted into our streams.
In other words, this is becoming Facebook. And if that is the way it is heading, we may as well just go back there. Facebook is basically disintegrating because of these very choices that they already made. Why would you want to copy the same strategy that is sinking their ship?
This game is yours to lose.