Good post Jeff. Totally agree.
Here is my 2 South Pacific Peso (a.k.a. Australian cents at current exchange rate):
It is quite common that users, instead of giving Requirements, try to give Solutions. That's not productive because they usually have NFI about technology, physics or inner works of the camera.
An optical viewfiner is a Solution. It's not up to you to provide one. Instead, you should formulate your Problem or Requirement.
Red is not interested in Solutions. They have far better experts and capability than an average film maker.
What they like to hear are Requirements: the actual problems that you are trying to fix. For example:
I would like to be able to focus accurately to a single pixel using naked eye at 1 lux of ilumination.
It is mandatory that I be able to focus without power.
Then, of course, there is a matter of prioritising requirements and sorting valid onece from invalid or poorly defined.