Thanks for writing up your feedback!
I think there's a general misunderstanding of your privacy and the data that we get from a launcher. In general, we get some basic telemetry. Not the name of your great-aunt or the street you grew up on.
If you're not interested in giveaways or sales, that's fine. I'd say that a lot of players will be though. Does it really bother you so much that we're telling players about these things in a second place? All redundancy aside, I am having trouble why that upsets you so much, so please let me know
The launcher gives us capabilities to do things Steam can't do. That's all I can say for now. I get your frustrations, but your arguments seem to mostly be around privacy concerns, of which those arguments hold no water.
"Your Community team consider the Steam forums toxic and a cesspool. They have to be dragged kicking and screaming to present anything here."
This is false. I don't speak on your behalf, p...