I keep hearing this more and more and it has really started turning me off from the Dash community. Is dash a distributed community or isn't it. Can grassroots projects start without the blessing of the core group? Wasn't Dash started because the Bitcoin folks wouldn't listen to suggestions. Is Dash going down this same road. I've been checking out PIVX more and more because of this kind of attitude that I'm seeing... It's a shame.
Just because people value the opinions of the core group does not mean this is centralized. The core group does not have any control what I vote with my masternodes, and many just like to hear what they have to say, but do not take their word as some kind of divine commandment.
At the end of the day, it's up to us masternode owners to listen to what each party has to say, and make their own decisions.
I can tell you from experience that MANY of the masternode owners just want to discuss proposals and get every possible perspective.