The official response also contains an apology for the display issue and an admission that really, no one could be blamed for assuming that Bungie secretly increased requirements while claiming otherwise.
Fully understand the frustration here – After XP throttles and other issues over the holiday, we have ground to make up. Issues like this cannot continue to happen if we wish to earn player trust, and improve player sentiment.
So the good news is that the bad thing didn’t actually happen. You could argue that we shouldn’t have been at the point where the worst possible outcome was this plausible, of course… but here we are.