I think what is being said is true the UI needs to be better and more informative, the player should have a better understanding of what is going on.
This is all polish stuff mostly, and the devs seem to have polish in general on the back burner, they really need a polish team working in unison with AI fixes and game balance issues.
Even simple stuff like health level displays (Which are in now) that show at a glance the health values of your troops on their icon, were missing for long periods of time.
You should always have research going, there really isnt a reason to not pick something new after completing something. However I have noticed there not being research going several times, I think its a save/load bug.
However there is nothing wrong with making the research bar flash if there is no current research happening, and giving an option to turn it off if you dont like it.
When you have monsters in your territory you can do nothing about for long periods you get alerted every turn about it, but then when AI comes into your territory you dont get a special alert for that and checking every alert every turn gets unnecessarily tedious.
I should be able to more easily spot enemy units on both the cloth map and the normal map, and tell which realm they belong to or if they are AI or a monster.
I should be able to hotkey my armies and press a number to select them instead of scrolling up and down looking for their icon, or if they are in a town trying to click through your cities trying to find them.
I should not have to click every unit stationed at a city when I want every unit to leave the city.
I should know when there is something new to be built at a city that is producing research/gold/growth.
I should be able to more clearly see how many essence slots a city has, and how many are filled.
I should be able to tell by just looking at a city if it has any negative enchantments on it.
The camera should switch to units that are being attacked with spells, so I know about it.
The game should never jerk around my camera angle or assume I am done doing what I am doing.
The game should never auto end my turn for me, especially when I am not done and can do more stuff...this happens often when I am not done casting spells, or while que'ing multiple things to be produced at a single city.
None of this is hand holding...