To best of my knowledge, tax was removed deliberately, and the leftovers in UI are just bugs, leftovers from time long gone, that should be removed. Why was it removed… maybe to avoid the reasons you wrote.
It’s the same as saying that the current mayor of my city (RL city) made all the things that make me want to live in it, disregarding all the city history. It’s like saying Hendirix wrote “All Along the Watchtower” just because he played it (and god he played it gooood). Anyone sane, that’s not just plain stupid, understands that a city (in-game one, and IRL) is sum of it’s parts. I’m not dumb enough to think that a nice building/statue/whatever I see was made by current mayor of an in-game city, but at most the owner of the plots it’s standing on (and this also may be not true). So please do me a courtesy and don’t tell me the game is full of idiots.
Well… I’m pretty sure you also get other people to see it, and I doubt they will think that it was created by current settlement owner, but reading this topic I think I give players too much credit…
I understand this is some sort of problems, but some players really do blow it out of proportions, really, really make it much bigger problem than it in my opinion is.
If really all, or at least the main thing, you (players, not anyone particular, but feel free to take it personally) want from this game is that a couple of pixels get to bear a name you choose… then I pity you. It’s really sad.
I really, really may be missing the problem totally, because even as hard as I try I can’t understand it. If my main motivation was to recognize the effort by myself, no city name changing will change that recognition. And if wanted my effort to be recognized by strangers… we’ll strangers don’t give a rat’s ass about me and my effort, and If they do, they wont care about the name, they won’t identify effort with the person who named city, but rather plot owner… but as I wrote, I may give too much credit to the players.
Anyway, when it comes to ethics there is nothing you can force on players, if it’s not enforced by mechanics or CoC. And you shouldn’t. Your freedom ends when another player freedom starts (bounded by game mechanics and CoC). Don’t try to enforce your way of playing, because it won’t work. I have the same right to enforce my way of playing as you do