I completely understand both of your concerns and will be happy to address them.
First and foremost, this is not intended to make us look good. The only number that would make us look good would be funds collected on a monthly basis - not number of users. We are actively working to change this as well so hopefully we can see changes soon.
For as long as I have been at Patreon (~5 years) it has always been difficult to surface feedback like this due to internal structures and limited resources. To be frank, the internal systems have just been slow and difficult to raise concerns. I finally feel this changing and am optimistic for more changes in line with what the community is asking for.
I also don’t understand why we don’t just go back to what we had before, but do not know why that was never considered.
With that said, I really do want y’all to know that we are trying to raise this and get it in front of the right teams to make sure this is taken seriously and acted on.
There is not much else I can say on this and if you have other feedback on the platform I implore you to continue raising it here until it becomes a reality.