Of course they are, and you're entitled to your opinion too, I'm glad you've given it.
Conversely, this is a feedback forum where people are encouraged to give their opinions freely, whether you agree or not. I think the general strength of feeling and number of likes shown in this thread proves that a lot of players feel strongly, negatively about this. If I were PerBlue I'd want to cheer them up, and this looks like a pretty simple win – no need to game balance this after all!
Hell, even something as simple as another option to disable these "in game event notifications" would be welcome. This would mean that these are only hidden by those truly bothered by them. This is my player/bottom-line compromise.