Yeah the change to 8 per agent is insane.
Sounds like they knew it was poor planning if you don't have the density. Eh, I've been visiting places I haven't seen in a few years.
Even if you don't have the density, if you don't have someone to hit those portals, its still useless. Most of the stuff I deployed decayed. I did hit a bunch of red stuff a week ago and did 6500+ points in one day. I'm almost to 19k currently. I did just over 1k before work this morning in about 30 minutes. It's not hard. Farm up resos, then go find a place to deploy resos. Rinse and repeat. I farmed for someone else, who ended up doing their own thing yesterday instead.
Will reaching the silver tier give more points for the faction than reaching bronze tier?
No, so provided you earn a badge from it, it’s fine.
200 Series Points will be allocated proportionally based on the number of Agents earning any tier of the “Cryptic Memories: Global Op” medal per Faction, rounded to one decimal place.
I got the silver tier on Friday. Probably the most active I've been in the game for years.