I'm surprised to hear that the people that decide the direction of these stories don't, even in some way, consider the fans opinions in the matter.
Only about six months before Janeway's character died, the BBS had a heap of fan complaints that the ST licenced tie-ins were toothless. Like the shows, most major changes were too easily undone by The Reset Button. That they didn't "have the balls" to do something substantial with one of the main characters and change the status quo with a character death
. With no reset button.
I'm sure those
fans feel that their opinions were
finally being considered by "the people that decide the direction of these stories".