At the same time, the number of pioneers dropped by over 15,000, so they moved into the publisher column. Which means the increase was even less.
How can they lose 15,000+ pioneers so soon after dropping the hour requirements? This thing is about to start an implosion, I think they know it is coming, too. They are amping the core up to withstand a bumpy ride. Well, really they are screwing the core down tightly for the ride, which I believe will be their undoing.