It is a fair assessment to say that the process of collecting opinions about what would be cool features doesn't feel like there's a lot of back and forth. We are considering our options as the list grows.
Right now, the only way to know if your idea made is to see it in the patch notes. We are working on a more transparent solution that will be implemented soon. For now, keep following the guidelines for posting and voting. Your votes tell us what is most popular, so it is important that you have read and voted for items on the list. We review the list as well, as you will see in the coming months.
Thank you all for helping us make State of Decay 2 a better place to play!
P.S. Different difficulty zones exist because of community involvement. We know that there are always issues to work on and we want to deliver on those as well.